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Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale, ouvrage publié par ordre de S. M. l'Empereur et par les soins du Ministre de l'Instruction publique. Recherches zoologiques. Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l'histoire de la faune d'Amérique Centrale et du Mexique. Publiées sous la direction de M. Milne Edwards. Sixième partie. Études sur les myriapodes et les insectes.
Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1870-1879. Large 4to and matching folio (36.0 x 27.5 cm). Orhoptères: 533 pp.; eight lithographed plates of which five finely hand-coloured [as intended]; Myriapodes (co-authored by A. Humbert) 211 pp.; six lithographed plates of which two hand-coloured (as intended). Contemporary olive half calf with gilt-lined borders over marbled boards. Spine with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments with gilt triple cadres, and two (red and light brown) morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.l This is the extremely rare complete Insecta section of the published results of a famous French expedition to Mexico and adjacent regions under Napoleon III, modelled after the similar Egypt expedition by Napoleon I. This part written by the Swiss mineralogist and entomologist Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure (1829-1905). It deals with Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Mantodea, Blattoidea, and Myriapoda - the latter group treated separately and co-authored by another Swiss palaeontologist, entomologist and renowned myriapod specialist, Aloïs Humbert (1829-1887). The illustrations are very detailed, and many are beautifully coloured by hand. Many species are here described and illustrated for the first time. Armorial bookplate of the Barante Library on the front pastedown; plates lightly spotted, otherwise a very good, clean copy in a very nice contemporary binding. We found no auction records in the last 50 years. Horn-Schenkling II(3), p. 110 and II(4), p. 28; Nissen ZBI, 3595, and 4694.
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