Live auction - Lot 1256

[Zoology - Entomology]


De natuurlyke historie der insecten; voorzien met naar 't leven getekende en gekoleurde plaaten [...].

Haarlem, Amsterdam, C.H. Bohn & H. de Wit, s.d

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Lot description

9 parts in 9 vol. (incl. "Vervolg"), 4to: [48]-280, [4]-281/508-[8], [12]-251-[1], [4]-253/580-[8], [8]-265-[1], [4]-267/573-[6], [12]-xxxi-[4]-220, [2]-xxvi-260, 184 pp.; 382 pl. (some min. waterstaining in the margins, not really affecting the plates).

Unbound, marbled paper covered cardboards. Uncut, partly unopened.

Rare Dutch edition of the famous coloured plate books on butterflies and other insects by the Nürnberg painter Rösel von Rosenhof (1705-1759), translated from the German "Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung" (1st, Nüremberg, 1740-1761) and enlarged by C.F.C. Kleemann (1735-1789), son-in-law of the author, both in text and in plates. Entomologist, painter and art dealer Kleemann, and his wife Katharina Barbara Rösel von Rosenhof, personally coloured all the plates for this edition. Our set contains 9 parts in as many vol. incl. the rare unfinished supplement ("Vervolg"). Illustrated with 3 engr. front. by Martin Tyroff after Johann Justin Preisler (part 1) by Aug. Joh. Rösel (part 2), by A.J. Rösel after Nicol. Gabler (part 3), an author's portrait and 382 plates (on 311 leaves) of insects, all beautifully coloured by hand. The rare unfinished supplement ("Vervolg"), probably published between 1788 and 1794, with 184 (of 190/192; Landwehr mentions 3 states, our copy is incomplete and therefore cannot be identified in terms of state) pp. and without title-page and illustrated with 25 (of 26) pl. by C.F.C. Kleemann. The biography of the author is by the hand of Kleemann, the index by A.A. Van Moerbeek. Although not complete, this set is still a very attractive copy of one of the most beautiful German works on insects of the period.
Ref. Nissen (ZBI) 3467 (3 front., 1 portr., but only 356 pl. on 286/288 ll. incl. the "Vervolg"). - Landwehr (Dutch books with coloured plates) 161 (3 front., 1 portr., 384 pl. on 314 ll.; unclear collation, with some gaps and/or mistakes especially in sections "Scarabeae terrestres" and "Papiliones nocturnes"). - BnF. - STCN.
Prov. BL (bookpl.).

Lot 1256

De natuurlyke historie der insecten; voorzien met naar 't leven getekende en gekoleurde plaaten [...].


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