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Beetles of Madagascar, with 54 engraved plates depicting numerous species

ALLUAUD, Charles and Philippe Alexandre Jules KÜNCKEL D'HERCULAIS.
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. ... Volume XXI [-XXII] Histoire naturelle des Coléoptères. ... Liste des insectes coléoptères de la région Malgache.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1887-1900. 2 volumes. Large 4to (30 x 21.5 cm). With 54 engraved plates, some partly printed in colour. Later black half cloth.
€ 950
First edition of the section on beetles from a monumental work on Madagascar, the text volume compiled by the French entomologist Charles Alluaud (1861-1949) and the plate volume by Philippe Alexandre Jules Künckel d'Herculais (1843-1918). The text volume lists numerous beetle species, all arranged according to their family and genus, briefly noting some reference works and the province or area where it can be found. Occasionally some additional information is provided, commenting for example on the classification or the importation of the insects to Europe. It closes with an index. The plate volume (volume XXII) contains 54 plates each showing many beetle species, engraved by Béchade and Lebrun after drawings of Paul-Eugène Mesplès, Gustave Arthur Poujade and others. "A splendid example of systematic work" (Wood).
Bindings only very slightly rubbed. Internally in very good condition.
Cf. Nissen, ZBI 1676; Wood 366.
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