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Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen. Zweiter Theil. Wissenschaftliche Resultate.
Wiesbaden, Kreidel's Verlag, (1867)-1905. 10 volumes (bound in 12). 4to (300 x 250mm). With 456 plates of which 248 hand-coloured, coloured or tinted. Later red cloth, gilt lettered spines. Vol. I: Holothurien. By C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1868. pp. x, xxi, 288, with portrait of Semper and 40 (27 coloured) plates./Vol. II, 1: Malacologische Untersuchungen I. Theil: Ascoglossa. Nudibranchiata Kladohepatica. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1870-75. pp. 1-367, with plates 1-48 (5 coloured)./Vol. II, 2: Malacologische Untersuchungen. II. Theil: Porostomata. Nudibranchiata Holohepatica. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1876-78. pp. 377-645, L, with plates 49-68./Vol. II, 3: Malacologische Untersuchungen. III Theil: Nudibranchiata Holohepatica. Nudibranchien von Meere der Insel Mauritius. Nudibranchien des Sunda-Meeres. System der Nudibranchiaten Gastropodes. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1880-92. pp. 647-1168, with plates 69-89 (3 coloured). Together with:/Vol.II, 4: Malacologische Untersuchungen. IV. Theil: Nachträge und Ergänzungen (Ascoglossa, Nudibranchiata). Marseniadae. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1880-87. pp. 289, with 25 (3 coloured) plates./Vol. III: Landmollusken by C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1870-94. pp. xiv, iv, 337, with 27 (10 col.). plates. Together with: Ergänzungsheft: Über Sehorgane vom Typus der Wirbelthieraugen auf dem Rücken von Schnecken. By C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1877. pp. 90, with 10 (6 coloured). plates./Vol. IV, 1: Die Sipunculiden. By E. Selenka. Wiesbaden 1883. pp. xxxii, 131, with 14 (13 coloured) plates. Together with: Vol. IV, 2: Die Landschnecken. By W. Kobelt. Wiesbaden 1886. pp. vi, 80, with 7 coloured plates. Together with: Vol. IV, 3: Die Seewalzen - Holothurioidea. By K. Lampert. Wiesbaden 1885. pp. 310, with 1 plate./Vol. V: Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln. Ein Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren Fauna: Erster Band. Die Tagfalter. - Rhopalocera. By G. Semper. Wiesbaden 1886-92. pp. xiv, 1-380, with 51 coloured plates. /Vol. VI: Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln. Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren-Fauna. Zweiter Band: Die Nachtfalter. - Heterocera. By G. Semper. Wiesbaden 1896-1902. pp. 381-728, with 36 tinted plates./Vol. VII: Malacologische Untersuchungen. V. Theil. Pleurobranchidae (Index). Bukkacea (Index). Ascoglossa (Index). Aplysiidae (Index). By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1897-1902. pp. 382, with 29 plates./Vol. VIII: Landmollusken. Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zum III. Bande: Die Landmollusken. By O.F. von Möllendorff & W. Kobelt. Wiesbaden 1898-1904. pp. 268, with 33 (9 coloured) plates./Vol. IX: Malacologische Untersuchngen. VI Theil. Erste, Zweite & Dritte Lieferung: Nudibranchiata; Opisthobranchiata - Pectinibranchiata; Tectibranchiata - Penctinibranchiata. By R. Bergh Wiesbaden 1904-1908. pp. 178, with 12 plates./VOL. X: Landmollusken. Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zum III. Bande: Die Landmollusken. By O.F. von Möllendorff, W. Kobelt & G. Winter. Wiesbaden 1905. pp. 387, with plates 1-4 (in photocopy), 5-82 coloured plates. //Apart from the 4 photocopy plates in the last volume a very rare complete set. No complete copy has been sold at auction or offered in the trade since many decades. Volumes II, 2; II, 3 and II, 4 with some water-staining. Bound in at the beginning of the first volume the 'Ergänzungs-Heft' 1895, an in memoriam of Carl Semper by A. Schuberg, with a portrait of C. Semper./The 'Zweiter Theil. Wissenschaftliche Resultate' is all published, a first part was never published (See J.A. Robertson, Bibliography of the Philippine Islands p. 93). Carl Gottfried Semper (1832-1893) was a one of the greatest of the few scientists who has written on the Philippines. He was a pupil of renowned comparative anatomists F. von Leydig, R.A. von Kölliker and K. Gegenbauer, and became professor of Zoology at the University of Würzburg. "Semper devoted the period from December 1858 to May 1865 to the exploration of the Philippines... Nevertheless, it was a period of outstanding achievement, chiefly because Semper's dogged determination. He acquired magnificent zoological and ethnographic collections on the islands of Luzon, Bohol, Leyte, and Mindanao, thus laying a permanent foundation for future research in the Philippines... The ten- 4to-volume 'Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen', which contains Semper's scientific reports on his collection, is a monument to his industry and determination. It remains, to this day, an important source book, particularly for the Philippine mollusks" (DSB XII, p. 299)./The most beautifully produced volumes in the series are the 2 volumes on the butterflies of the Philippines. The exotic butterflies are beautifully hand-coloured. "Ausser etwa 30,000 Philippinische Schmetterlinge, welche ich dem Sammelfleiss meines Bruders Dr. Carl Semper verdanke, habe ich in neuer Zeit aus verschiedenen Quellen besonders durch die Güte der Herren Otto Koch und Dr. Stadenberg einen erheblichen Zuwachs erhalten, so dass im Ganzen bis jetzt gegen 50,000 Exemplare (Rhopalocera und Heterocera) durch meine Hände gegangen sind" (Preface p. 1). It is the first major publication on the butterflies of this area.//Provenance: A few pages with the Japanese stamp of Kikumaro Okano, armorial bookplate of City of Liverpool public libraries on inside front-covers and very faint blind circular marginal stamp of the library on the plates.//Nissen ZBI, 324 & 3806; B.M. (Nat. Hist) IV, p. 1899; R.I. Johnson, Semper's 'Reisen im Archipel...' a complete collation (Journal of the Soc. Bibl. Nat. Hist 5, 2). See also Y. Samyn, A. Smirnov & C. Massin, Carl Gottfried Semper (1832-1893) and the location of his type specimens of sea cucumbers (Archives of Nat. Hist. 40, 2).
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