All works on insects, butterflies, beetles, spiders, scorpions, etc

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Haeckel, E.
Kunstformen der Natur. Plate 66. Epeira - Arachnida - Spinnentiere. [Spiders].
Leipzig and Wien, Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, 1904. Folio-sized sheet, printed on one side (36.3 x 27.3 cm). Chromolithograph.
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A very fine, chromolithographed plate drawn by Ernst Haeckel, showing the most wonderfully ornamented spiders and mites
Die Urwelt...
Heer, O.
Die Urwelt der Schweiz.
Zürich, Friedrich Schultheß, 1865. Thick 8vo (22.2 x 15.1 cm). xxix, 662 pp., 368 fine text engravings, one double-sized full colour map, seven tinted steel engravings (one as frontispiece), and 11 lithographed plates. Luxurious rich gilt-tooled original binding with bevelled edges and an embossed image of antediluvian Switzerland. Iridescent endpapers; all edges gilt.
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A very well-preserved copy with the special "Reichen Einband mit Goldschnitt"
The butter...
Humphreys, H. N.
The butterfly vivarium. Or, insect home: being an account of a new method of observing the curious metamorphoses of some of the most beautiful of native insects. Comprising also a popular description of the habits and instincts of many of the insects of the various classes referred to; with suggestions for the successful study of entomology by means of an insect vivarium. Illustrated with coloured engravings.
London, William Lay, 1858. 8vo (18.2 x 13.2 cm). xi, 288, [iii] pp., eight hand-coloured steel-engraved plates. Original blue, blind-stamped cloth with gilt title on the spine and large gilt vignette on the front board. All edges gilt.
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According to Horn-Schenkling, "Selten" (Rare)
British bu...
Humphreys, H. N. and J. O. Westwood
British butterflies and their transformations, arranged and illustrated in a series of plates by H. N. Humphreys; with the descriptions by J. O. Westwood.
London, William Smith, 1841. Large 4to (26.9 x 20.8 cm). Finely hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece, xii, 139 pp., 42 finely hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary full Russia leather. Boards with gilt triple border, gilt lining to edges and gilt inner dentelles; front board with gilt initials; spine with five gilt-lined raised bands; compartment rich gilt with vases and floral patterns, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
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A sumptuously bound copy commemorating a regretful event
Mission sc...
Hyades, P. (ed.)
Mission scientifique de Cap Horn (1882-1883). Tome VI (Zoologie), part II. Insectes. [Complete for the Insecta].
Paris, Gauthier-Villars et fils, 1887. Five parts in one. 4to (26.5 x 21.3 cm). 63, 7, 9, 35, 45 pp., ten chromolithographic plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, with five raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Floral-patterned endpapers.
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A very good, contemporary bound copy of this important contribution to the insects of Tierra del Fuego
Jonston, J.
Historiae naturalis e quadrupeditus libri [I], de quadrupetibus, libri II [AND] III de insectis [AND] de serpentibus, libri V de piscubus et cetis [AND] IV, de exanguibus aquaticis, Libri VI. De avibus. [Complete].
Frankfurt am Main, Matthias Merian, 1650-1653. Six parts in four. Folio (32.6 x 19.6 cm) with 249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages (four resembling frontispieces, engraved by Matthias Merian). Part I (no date, but 1650) 232 [iv] pp., 80 plates; Part III (AND) Part II (1653) 200, [vii]; 40, [iii] pp., 40 [28, 12] plates; Part V (no date, but 1650) (AND) part IV (1650) 228; 78; [xii] pp., 67 [47, 20] plates; Part VI (1650). 227, [vii] pp. 62 plates. Contemporary uniform full mottled calf. Spines with six raised bands, compartments with rich gilt floral patterns and two green morocco labels with gilt titles.
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A complete copy of the rare first edition of Johnston's famous "Historiae Naturalis"
Jung, C. C.
Alphabetisches Verzeichnis der bisher bekannten Schmetterlinge aus allen Welttheilen mit ihren Synonymen. [Band I-II] (Complete).
Marktbreit, Knenlein, 1791-1792. Two volumes in two. 8vo (16.6 x 10.2 cm). [viii], 338; [iv], 406 pp. Two nice woodcut vignettes in the text. Uniform contemporary half calf over greyish marbled boards; spines with five raised bands with gilt lines, two ornamental gilt-bordered labels with gilt titles. All edges red.
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A lepidopterological rarity in a contemporary binding
Nouvelle m...
Jurine, L.
Nouvelle méthode de classer les hyménoptères et les diptères. Tome premier. Hyménoptères. [All published].
Genève, J. J. Paschoud, 1807. 4to (26.5 x 21.0 cm). 319, 4 pp., 14 engraved plates (nine nicely hand-coloured). Contemporary (perhaps publisher's) marbled boards, paper label on the spine.
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The major entomological work of the Swiss medical doctor and entomologist Louis Jurine
Die Gattun...
Kohl, F. F.
Die Gattungen der Sphegiden.
Wien, Alfred Hölder, 1896. Large 8vo (26.7 x 17.7 cm). Title with pictorial vignette, xii, 284 pp., 90 text engravings, seven finely lithographed plates. Contemporary black half morocco over peacock marbled boards. Spine with four raised, gilt-lined bands, gilt floral vignettes and dark blue morocco label with gilt title. Floral-patterned endpapers. Marbled edges.
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A fine monograph in an extraordinary fine binding
Kotschy, C. G. T. (ed.)
Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer und seltener Thiere und pflanzen, in Syrien und westlichen Taurus gesammelt. I. Illustrationes et descriptiones plantarum novarum Syriae et Tauri occidentalis. II. Illustrationes et descriptiones coleopterorum. III. Abbildungen und beschreibungen der Fische Syriens. [Atlas].
Stuttgart, E. Schweizerbart, 1843. Folio (37.5 x 26.7 cm). 45 engraved and lithographed plates of which one tinted and two finely hand-coloured. Contemporary board. Green morocco label with gilt title on the spine.
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A very rare atlas of rare animals and plant from Syria
Kükenthal, W. and R. Hartmeyer
Ergebnisse einer zoologischen Forschungsreise nach Westindien.
Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1908-1916. Four parts (of six) in one. 8vo (23.3 x 15.9 cm). 586 pp., one map, 28 plates and 207 text figures. Near contemporary black pebbled cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Original printed wrappers bound in rear.
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The rare first parts, forming Zoologische Jahrbücher Supplement XI
Sesiae Eur...
Laspeyres, J. H., J. Jördens and F. E. Esper
Sesiae Europae. Iconibus et descriptionibus illustratae [AND] Geschichte der kleinen Fichtenraupe oder der Larve von der Phalaena Monacha Linn., nebst einen Beitrag zur Berichtigung der Ausrottungsmittel dieser Waldverheererin und einer mit Farben erleuchteten Kupfertafel [AND] "Beobachtungen an einer neuentdeckten Zwitterphaläne des Bombyx Crataegi ".
Berlin, Laspeyres, 1801; Hof, Gottfried Adolph Grau, 1798; Erlangen, Wolfgang Walthers, 1778. Three papers in one. 4to (24.5 x 19.1 cm). Laspeyres: Half-title, title with 7 fine entomological engravings (each numbered), 32 pp., one finely engraved and hand-coloured plate (tissue-guarded). Jördens: original green pictorial wrappers; title page, [i], 46, [ii] pp., one finely engraved and hand-coloured plate. Esper: title page with engraved vignette, 20 pp., one finely hand-coloured engraved plate. Fine contemporary full calf with elaborate gilt empire-style spine and board edges, and marbled wrappers.
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Three extremely rare and well-illustrated works on Lepidoptera