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Oberthur, C "
etudes de lepidopterologie comparee. Volume I."
Rennes, F. C. Oberthur, 1904. 8vo (24.4 x 15.8 cm). 77 pp.; plates I-V; all finely hand-coloured, one heightened with silver, one in double suite; an extra, handwritten plate explanation to plates I-Iv bound in the rear. Later blind half cloth over marbled boards. A unique association copy of the first volume of this major lepidopterological work, containing fine, hand-coloured plates and systematic revisions and descriptions of a great number of butterflies from various temperate and tropical regions. This copy with a signed, handwritten dedication by Charles Oberthur to Monsieur le Docteur Christ; in the same hand, a clarification of plates I-Iv, differing from the printed version in its details of the localities. The recipient was, in all probability, the Swiss medical doctor and botanist Konrad Hermann Heinrich Christ (1833-1933), who published on Lepidoptera between 1873 and 1897. The five chromolithographed plates, of which several were touched up by hand, are by A. Dallongeville and published by the family-owned press of Oberthur in Rennes. Plate Iv is in double suite, one hand-coloured, one plain, which is understandable because the fine wing-nervature is much more detailed on the uncoloured plate. Obviously Oberthur gave some extra effort to this presentation copy. A complete set consists of 23 volumes (1904-1925). All parts are rare. Spine a bit sunned. A near mint copy. Cat. Bm(Nh), p. 1460; Nissen Zbi, 2998."
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