Paris: Petrus Didot Major, Anno VII - XII (1804). Three parts bound in one volume. 4to (32.8 x 24.7 cm). Contemporary boards with marble paper spine and boards. Red leather label with gilt lettering on spine. Collation: 1-44; , 45-90; , 91-142pp. + 30 fine hand colored engraved plates. Some wear to paper at ends of spine aling hinges nd covers. Some loss at corners . Exceptionally clean and bright text and plates. There is ample margin for text and plates. The plates illustrate 384 insects with pertinent detail of the whole organism and various body parts essential for taxonomic identification and classification. The images are properly complemented by Latin descriptions in text. Item #0000270
Excellent description and illustration of insects in the collection of the Museum Histoire naturelle in Paris. .Complete copies of this important entomological study of insects in the Museum of Natural History in Paris are of greatest rarity as the publisher's stock was destroyed by fire. This is one of a few copies that were issued with colored plates. The insects were drawn by Antoine Jean Coquebert who was a noted French naturalist and councilor to the royal court at Amiens and Rheims. This is an exceptionally fine hand colored copy of a very scarce work. (Nissen ZBI 957).