Author Fairmaire, L. and P. Germain Révision des coléoptères du Chili.
Published 1858-1866, 1883
Item ID 64455
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Paris, Société Entomologique de France, 1858-1866, 1883. 8vo (21.3 x 12.8 cm). 233 [and 14] pp.; two original water-colour plates of which one in full colour and one in shades of grey, two engraved plates of which one hand-coloured. One printed leaf added. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. A unique copy of this groundbreaking work on Chilean Coleoptera, in particular Buprestidae, Cerambycidae, Staphylidae and some other families. The work was published in installments over a rather long period in the society's Annales, and one part in the Revue et Magasin de Zoologie. This particular copy is of special interest because a) it consists of offprints, not excerpts, and b) it contains two original water colour plates including, apparently, the one that served as a basis for the published full colour plate, whereas the other is entirely unrecorded, and c) it includes, in the rear, two issues - number 1 complete, number 2 all but the first leaf - of the authors' "Coleoptera Chilensia", a separate privately published work with the short descriptions of many new species. According to Horn & Schenckling these small pamphlets are very rare. Added (loosely inserted), is a page with three new beetles from Chile described by Fairmaire in the Bulletin Entomologique (1885). Boards a bit rubbed, a few pages slightly age-toned, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Horn-Schenkling, 6306, 6337. A unique copy of a finely illustrated work on Chilean Coleoptera