Lepidoptera

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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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€1,350.00
Three extremely rare and well-illustrated works on Lepidoptera
Tableau en...
Latreille, P. A.
Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature. Insectes.
Paris, Agasse, 1818. Folio (28.5 x 21.4 cm). 165 engraved plates (numbered 1-165). Contemporary full tree calf. Boards with gilt-ruled borders, spine with rich Louis XVI-style gilt-ornamented red and green morocco labels. Marbled endpapers.
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€750.00
A fine copy of the true insects of the "Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature"
Anatomie d...
Lyonet, P.
Anatomie de différentes espèces d'insectes.
Paris, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 1829-1832. 4to (27.7 x 21.0 cm). 603 pp. with 54 engraved plates. Contemporary dark blue half calf with gilt title on spine. Marbled endpapers.
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€1,250.00
Rare first edition of a well-illustrated work seldom found complete
Museum d'H...
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle: Annales volumes 1-21 (AND) Nouvelles Annales volumes 1-4 (AND) Mémoires volumes 1-20 (AND) Archives volumes 1-10 (AND) Nouvelles Archives Series I volumes 1-10; Series II volumes 1-10; Series III volumes 1-9.
Paris, Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, 1802-1897. 84 volumes in 100 parts. Large 4to (slightly differing dimensions per series, the largest being the last series, at 32.0 x 25.0 cm). 2,048 copper engravings and lithographed plates of which many double-sized or larger, and/or hand-coloured or in chromolithography, and seven portraits. Contemporary uniform marbled boards with morocco labels on the spines in different colours for the different series; original printed wrappers of several issues bound in (Annales, Mémoires, Nouvelle Annales), and near contemporary uniform cloth bindings with red morocco labels (Archives and Nouvelles Archives, first series), and original printed wrappers (last two series of the Nouvelles Archives).
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€48,000.00
From Lamarck to Père David: The congregation of all the leading 19th-century French botanists and zoologists
Études de...
Oberthür, C.
Études de lépidopterologie comparée. Volume I.
Rennes, F. C. Oberthür, 1904. 8vo (24.4 x 15.8 cm). 77 pp.; plates I-V; all finely hand-coloured, one heightened with silver, one in double suite; an extra, handwritten plate explanation to plates I-IV bound in the rear. Later blind half cloth over marbled boards.
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€750.00
An extraordinary association copy
Études d'e...
Oberthür, C.
Études d'entomologie. Faunes entomologiques. Descriptions d'insectes nouveaux ou peu connus. I. Étude sur la faune des lépidoptères de l'Algerie.
Rennes, Oberthür et fils, 1876. 4to (27.9 x 18.8 cm). 74 pp., four nice hand-coloured engraved plates. Slightly later half cloth over marbled boards. Dark green morocco strip with gilt title mounted on spine. Original printed wrappers preserved.
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€600.00
Rare first volume of the "Études", in the unusual 4to format, with fine full colour plates
Dictionnai...
Orbigny, C. H. d'
Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle servant de complément aux oeuvres de Buffon, de G. Cuvier, aux encyclopédies, aux anciens dictionnaires scientifiques et resument les traités spéciaux sur les diverses branches des sciences naturelles, etc.
Paris, Charles d'Orbigny, 1849. 16 parts in 16 (13 text volumes, three plate atlases). Large 8vo (23.5 x 15.2 cm). With 288 tissue-guarded, mostly hand-coloured and chromolithographed plates, after Travies and others. A few plates are tinted, or plain, as intended. Uniform contemporary green quarter calf over green pebbled boards. Spines with gilt lines, ornaments and title. Marbled endpapers. All edges speckled.
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€3,750.00
The rare first edition of the largest and best-illustrated natural history encyclopaedia of the 19th-century
Memorias s...
Poey y Aloy, F.
Memorias sobre la historia natural de la Isla de Cuba, acompañadas de sumarios latinos y extractos en frances. Tomo 1 - Tomo 2. [Complete].
Havana, Barcina, 1851-1856, 1858. Two volumes in two. Large 8vo (24.8 x 16.7 cm). 463, 442 pp., 34, 19 lithographed plates, of which 17 hand-coloured or partly hand-coloured. Later uniform half morocco over line boards. Spines with gilt titles.
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€3,800.00
Extremely rare work on the snails, insects, and fish of Cuba
Mémoires s...
Romanoff, N. M.
Mémoires sur les lépidoptères. Rédigés par N. M. Romanoff. Tome I-II, IV-VI, and IX.
St.-Pétersbourg, Privately published, 1884-1897. Six volumes [of nine] in six, 4to (29.0 x 19.4 cm; the volumes I, II, IV slightly smaller). Text, and 90 plates of which 89 finely hand-coloured [I (1884) 181 pp., 10 plates; II (1885) 262 pp., 16 plates; IV (1890) xvii, 577 pp., 22 plates (including one tinted plate A, between pp. 192-193), one rose-tinted table on p. 146, and a rose-tinted map on p. 196. Lacks one map (as usual); V (1889) [i], 248 pp., 12 plates; VI (1892) 701 pp., 16 plates; IX (1897) 367 pp., 14 plates]. Contemporary half calf over embossed cloth. Spines five raised bands and gilt title. Speckled edges [volumes I-II, IV]; Later half calf over marbled boards. Spines with gilt title. Patterned endpapers [volumes V, VI, IX].
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€7,000.00
A very rare, large portion of Russia's finest work on butterflies, with more coloured plates than usual
Raupenkale...
Schott, J. J.
Raupenkalender oder systematisches Verzeichnis aller Raupen, welche in Deutschland bekannt sind.
Frankfurt am Main, P. H. Guilhauman, 1830. 8vo (21.5 x 13.2 cm). xxx, 400 pp., six hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary paper-covered boards, blind label on spine.
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€300.00
Fine, contemporary coloured illustrations of colourful caterpillars
Die Gross-...
Seitz, A.
Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde. Eine systematische Bearbeitung der Gross-Schmetterlinge der ganzen Welt. [Complete as published].
Stuttgart, Kernen Verlag, 1909-1954. 20 volumes (in 36). 4to (31.3 x 24.8 cm). Text and 1458 chromolithographed plates in 10-14 colours. Publisher's near uniform half calf, spines rich gilt with vignettes and gilt morocco labels (18 parts). Volume 6 (in 3) bound later to match the original exactly. The other parts are unbound in recent portofolios (18 parts).
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€15,000.00
A very rare, complete and clean set
Die Gross-...
Seitz, A.
Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde. Eine systematische Bearbeitung der Gross-Schmetterlinge der ganzen Welt.
Stuttgart, Kernen Verlag, 1909-1954. 20 volumes in 30. 4to and matching folio (31.5 x 25.0 cm). Text and 1458 chromolithographed plates. Publisher's uniform half calf or cloth and perfectly matching later half calf. Gilt titles and decorations on spines.
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€22,500.00
A very rare completely bound set with all the 1458 plates