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Alluaud, Charles And Philippe Alexandre Jules Kunckel D'Herculais."
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. Volume Xxi [-Xxii] Histoire naturelle des Coleopteres. Liste des insectes coleopteres de la region Malgache.Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1887-1900. 2 volumes. Large 4to (30 x 21.5 cm). With 54 engraved plates, some partly printed in colour. Later black half cloth."
1861. 509, [1] pp.First edition of the section on beetles from a monumental work on Madagascar, the text volume compiled by the French entomologist Charles Alluaud (1861-1949) and the plates volume by Philippe Alexandre Jules Kunckel d'Herculais (1843-1918). The text volume lists numerous beetle species, all arranged according to their family and genus, briefly noting some reference works and the province or area where they can be found. It occasionally provides some additional information, commenting for example on the classification or the importation of the insects to Europe. It closes with an index. The plates volume (volume Xxii) contains 54 plates, each showing many beetle species, engraved by Bechade and Lebrun after drawings by Paul-Eugene Mesples, Gustave Arthur Poujade and others. A splendid example of systematic work (Wood).Bindings only very slightly rubbed. Internally in very good condition.l Cf. Nissen, Zbi 1676; Wood 366."
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