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BOISDUVAL, J.B.A. & GUÉNÉE, A.
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species général des Lépidoptères. Tome I, V-X (all published).
Paris, Roret, 1836-1857. 7 volumes. 8vo (215 x 130mm). pp. xii, 690, 6; xcvi, 407, 6; (4), 444; (4), 442, (1), 4; (4), 448, 6; lvi, 514, (6), (4), 6; (4), 584, (3), with 92 engraved plates of which 88 beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary half calf, gilt ornamented spine with gilt lettering (vol. 1) & contemporary half cloth, spines with gilt lettering.//Contemorary half vellum (vol 1), the others later uniform half gilt cloth. All published, volumes 2-4 were never published. The first volume is by Boisduval, the remaining by Guénée. The work forms part of Roret's 'Collection des Suites à Buffon'. Junk in his 'Bibliographia Lepidopterologica' 1913 no. 1323 mentions the fact that coloured copies are 'très rare'. 'Entre 1852 et 1857, Guénée travaille seul à la rédaction du 'Species des Nocturnes'. Cette étude, en tous points remarquable, compte six tomes. Par cet ouvrage, Guénée se classe parmi les plus grands entomologistes français' (Lhoste. Les Entomologistes Français, p. 104).//Provenance: First volume with armorial booplate of Winifred de Mouton, the other volumes with old stamp 'Bibliothèque Jourdheuille'.//Horn & Schenkling 1816 & 8706.
Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History Booksellers since 1899) [Netherlands]
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