Käfer Westfl. [Westfalens]: the manuscript of the never-published "Coleoptera Westfalica".
Item ID 68248
Unpublished, ca. 1928-1937. In two volumes. 8vo (21.6 x 13.8 cm). xvi, 402, [viii] pp.; one map; xxii, 372, [xi] pp. Uniform original pebbled half cloth over marbled boards. A fine manuscript, complete with indexes to the species, being the result of the following actions and events: in 1933, a team was formed under the leadership of Dr. H. Beyer and F. Peetz, for gathering all the beetle records in Westphalia. The aim was to replace Friedrich Westhoff's out-dated "Die Käfer Westfalens", published in 1881-1882. Due the Second World War and the death of some members, the group did not continue the work, however, some results were published as "Lokalfaunen".... In the 1960's and 70's, Prof. H.-U. Thiele (Cologne) and his students, among others in Bergisch Land and Prof. Fr. Weber (Münster) and his students studied ground beetles in different parts of Westphalia. In 1967 another attempt was made by the newly formed "Arbeitsgemeinschaft der westfälischen Koleopterologen", and the working title "Coleoptera Westfalica" (koleopterologie.de/verzeichnis/regionen/westfalen.html). Apparently, Peetz had already assembled a great deal of data; using special preprinted leaves with columns for the family, genus, and species names; data on synonymy, references, and distribution; localities, dates; etc. However, the data compiled in this manuscript remained unused, despite the fact that their importance in view of recent climate change, has been growing ever since. The records of hundreds of species, from thousands of localities and innumerable collecting dates are written in a neat hand. The manuscript was in the collection of the malacologist, entomologist and ecologist Herbert Ant (1933-2010), but for some unknown reason, he and his group were not able to complete the work either. Slight rubbing to board edges, small stamp of Herbert Ant on the edges, otherwise very good, clean. A unique item. A large and detailed, unpublished manuscript on German beetles