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Les macrolépidoptères du globe. Révision systématique des macrolépidoptères connus jusqu'à ce jour publiée avec le concours des spécialistes les plus renommés.Stuttgart, A. Kernen; Paris E. Le Moult, 1908-1945 (with the impressum "Paris, Cabinet Entomologique, E. Le Moult" pasted on most title-pages). 16 parts and 4 supplements. Folio (32 x 26 cm). With 1266 beautiful chromolithographed plates depicting numerous butterflies. Parts I-V, IX & XIII (7 parts in 9 volumes) are bound in contemporary marbled light brown calf. The other parts are unbound.
Nissen, ZBI, II 3799 Nb. First edition of the French translation of an extensive and beautifully illustrated butterfly encyclopeadia, edited by the German entomologist Adalbert Seitz (1860-1938) who specialised in Lepidoptera. The encyclopeadia can be divided into 4 parts: butterflies of the Arctic, American, Indo-Australian and African regions. Its objective was to illustrate every butterfly and macro-moth in the world. Seitz was director of the Zoological Garden and departmental chief of the Senckenberg museum, both in Frankfurt. It was his intention to finish the whole encyclopeadia by 1912, which proved to be quite unrealistic, and the publication was stopped and delayed due to both the World Wars. Eventually the publication of the encyclopeadia was abandoned in 1954, leaving the encyclopeadia unfinshed behind.In very good condition and nearly complete, lacking some text leaves and plates, with some pencil notations and a few leaves detached from bookblock.
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