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Entomologist anglois, ouvrage ou l'on a rassemblé tous les insectes coleopteres qui se trouvent en Angleterre et qui forment plus de 500 espèces différentes d'insectes dont les figures n'ont jamais été données au public; se tout exactement dessiné et peint d'après nature, arrangé selon le systeme de Linnaeus
London, Shakespeare Press, 1792. Large 4to (33.0 x 26.3 cm). [iv], 33, [iv] pp. (in English), 33 pp. [= pp. 9-41] (in French), [iv] ( a repeat of the plate index). Engraved title, two engraved plates with medals called "Aurea Numismata" and 42 nicely hand-coloured engraved plates depicting Coleoptera. Contemporary full calf, spine rich gilt, marbled flyleaves, marbled edges.* First large format French paper edition of this classic work on British beetles. An English edition was published in the same year with the same plates. In this copy, there is a French title-page, but the text of both editions are combined. That is: the English dedication pages to "His catholic majesty Charles IV. King of Spain, and the Indies", the descriptive text in English and French, and the General table [heading in English] after each descriptive part. According to Horn-Schenkling: "Sehr selten." Two "medal" plates are included as good photocopies, however their relevance must be limited since they are neither numbered nor called for in the text, nor listed in the index. They depict medals supposedly received by Martyn in honour of his conchological work. Original spine except head and tail laid down. Last text page and last plate a bit spotted. In all, a nice copy with broad margins, and complete for the Coleoptera. Horn-Schenkling, 14665; Nissen ZBI, 2726.
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