Haarlem, Amsterdam, C. H. Bohn en Zoon, H. Gartman, [1764-1783]. Four volumes and two supplements in ten. Large 4to (21.5 x 27.8 cm). Three engraved and hand-coloured frontispieces and one engraved frontispiece portrait (of Rösel), double (in volume I and IV); 385 numbered plates on 318 leaves, of which three larger, double-folded. Contemporary uniform speckled half calf over speckled boards. Spines with five raised, gilt-bordered bands and blue morocco label with gilt title (Rösel); quarter calf over speckled boards. Spine with meander gilt bands and red morocco label with gilt title (Kleemann, "vervolg") [AND] Haarlem, C. H. Bohn, 1779. 8vo (20.6 x 13.0 cm). Title page, [vi], 161 pp. with meander gilt bands and red morocco label with gilt title (Mader and Kleemann).
A very rare uncut set, with wide margins, of the Dutch edition of this famous work, regarded as superior to the German edition (Nuremberg 1746-1792) in the colouring of the figures and quality of the paper. The rare, and nearly always absent "Vervolg" (continuation) by Rösel (or Roesel)'s son-in-law, Kleemann, with 26 additional plates, is included, as is the supplement, "Tyd-wyzer der Rupsen" (time table of caterpillars) by Mader and Kleemann. The number of plates and leaves containing plates in the main work vary according to several bibliographers. Horn-Schenkling lists the work as "Unvollendet" with 287 plates. Nissen records 356 plates on 288 (or 286?) leaves, Landwehr 384 plates on 314 leaves. Our copy of the rare volume five (by Kleemann) is the very rare third of three variants described by Landwehr. This variant has two more text pages than variants 1 and 2, which both seem to be of a later date as they omit the last descriptions referring to the never-published plate 27. Of the third variant, Landwehr had seen only one copy. Kleemann himself claimed that he had 44 plates published (footnote on p. 3 of his work) but there is no evidence of this. The Mader and Kleemann supplement is the carefully produced first Dutch expanded edition, published two years after the German version, titled Raupenkalender, oder Verzeichnis aller Monate in welchen die von Rösel und Kleemann beschriebene abgebildete Raupen nebst ihrem Futter zu finden sind. It differs in part by adding a useful list of fodder plants according to the system of Linnaeus. The preface is by Kleemann, as in the German edition, the main part is by the German entomologist Johann Mader (1745-1815). The death of Linnaeus is mentioned. This is an extremely rare work. The present set of the main work contains 359 numbered plates; the Kleemann supplement has 26, a number we have seen more often. Thus our total is 385 (on 318 leaves). The Kleemann supplement has never been completed. There are no bis-plates, except in volume I, part II, with plate numbers XXXVa, and XXXVb, both full-sized plates. These are counted as different plates. Often, there is more than one plate number on one sheet; therefore the number of sheets is lower than the combined number of "plates". Plate XIII (Bombyliorum) of volume II erroneously bound in volume I. Uncut, with the widest possible margins. The main work is a very good, unmarked and clean set, absolutely free of foxing and staining: volume I, part I with some weak offsetting to some plates; the half-title, title, frontispiece and privilege with smaller margins and possibly from another copy; the Mader and Kleemann supplement with the spines skilfully renewed; internally with some mild, unobtrusive marginal spotting, and also unmarked. Rare, especially in this very good condition, and with the Kleemann supplement in the third, largest variant described by Landwehr. Horn-Schenkling 18287; Landwehr, 161; Nissen ZBI, 3467. For Mader and Kleemann: Hagen I, p. 531; Horn-Schenkling, 14398.