Mission scientifique de Cap Horn (1882-1883). Tome VI (Zoologie), part II. Insectes. [Complete for the Insecta].
Item ID 52817
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. A very good, contemporarily bound copy of this important and rather early contribution to the entomology of Tierra del Fuego, based upon surveys and collections made during the first International Polar Year, when 11 European countries and the US organised an expedition to the Poles in order to make geodesic and other scientific observations. The French team, lead by Lieutenant Payen and Dr. Hyades, visited Cape Horn. This is the full report on their entomological observations, written by several of the leading entomologists of that time. The title page bears the year 1891, but the insect parts were published four years earlier (vide Horn-Schenkling II). The complete section offered here consists of the following parts, each containing important new observations and often many new species: Coléoptères (by Louis Fairmaire), two plates; Hémiptères (by Victor Signoret, with one new species, not figured); Neuroptères (by Jules Mabille), one plate; Lépidoptères (by Paul Mabille), three plates; Diptères (by Jacques Bigot), four plates. Corners and joints somewhat worn, text and plates clean. Cat. BM(NH), p. 899; Horn-Schenkling II(3), p. 110; Nissen ZBI, 4695. A very good, contemporary bound copy of this important contribution to the insects of Tierra del Fuego