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Voet, J. E.

Catalogus systematicus coleopterorum. Catalogue systematique des coleopteres. Systematische naamlijst van dat geslacht van insecten dat men torren noemt. Tomus I - II. [Complete].

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La Haye [The Hague], G. Bakhuysen, [1769-1804]. Two volumes in two. 4to (24.3 x 20.2 cm). Half titles and titles to the volumes, titles to to the text in each language; 555 pp. [(iv), 74; 114, 111; 82, (i), 86, 87]; 105 [55; 50] engraved and finely hand-coloured plates. Later uniform quarter mottled calf over yellow paper boards. Spines with five raised bands; compartments with gilt floral vignettes and two (red and black) labels with gilt title and volume number. Edges marbled red.

So called second, expanded, edition of this beautifully and accurately illustrated, scientifically important work on beetles by the Dutch medical doctor, entomologist and poet Johannes Eusebius Voet (1706-1778). This edition has 105 plates, whereas a "first" had only 72. However, Horn and Schenkling state that there is no real first edition, only incompletely published copies of the parts edited by Voet before his death. There is also a title edition, or second state, with different title pages, dated 1806 and with naamlyst instead of naamlijst - which is more common -, and a later German edition. Voet, being an early modern entomologist - following the Linnaean binominal nomenclature and systematics -, introduced many new names that are still valid today. The work is entirely trilingual, with the whole descriptive text in Latin, French, and Dutch. The fine binding is later, but not modern. A wonderfully clean copy. Horn-Schenkling, 22791; Landwehr, 201; Nissen ZBI, 4259.

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