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GEOFFROY, (E.L.).
Histoire abregee des Insectes, dans laquelle ces Animaux sont ranges suivant un ordre methodique.
1799. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigee, & augmentee d'un Supplement considerable. Paris, Calixte-Volland, Remont, An VII (1799). 2 volumes. 4to (245 x 190mm). pp. xxviii, 556, with 1 folded table and 10 engraved handcoloured folded plates; pp. 744, with 12 handcoloured folded engraved plates. Contemporary calf, covers with gilt ornamented borders, gilt ornamented spines with 2 black labels and gilt lettering (volume one ends of spine a bit chipped). Second edition, coloured issue. The title of the first edition (1762) mentions that the insects were collected in the Paris area "...des insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de Paris...", a fact which was omitted in the title of the second edition. "... Geoffroy published a work on the insects of the Paris area in which he used new criteria of classification: absence or presence, number, form and texture of the wings; and distribution of the various orders according to the number of tarsomeres in the tarsi. The latter criterion attracted the attention of Linnaeus, who often quoted Geoffroy." (D.B.S. V, pp. 355). The plates are finely hand-coloured. An attractively bound copy. Nissen ZBI, 1522...
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