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Comprehensive monograph on Hemiptera, with 12 hand-coloured plates

AMYOT, Charles Jean Baptiste and Jean Guillaume AUDINET SERVILLE.
Histoire naturelle des insectes. Hémiptères.
Paris, Roret (back of half-title: printed by Fain & Thunot), 1843. Large 8vo (22 x 15 cm). With 12 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary black half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. LXXVI, 675, [1], 6 pp.
€ 450
First and only edition of a comprehensive monograph on Hemiptera, the most important publication of the French lawyer and entomologist Charles Jean Baptiste Amyot (1799-1866). Upon the death of his father, Amyot went to live with his neighbour, the entomologist Jean Guillaume Audinet-Serville, who stimulated him to do research in the neglected order of insects Hemiptera. They became lifelong friends and research partners. It was published as parts of the Suites à Buffon, a long series of monographs on natural history edited by Nicolas Roret.
With the armorial bookplate of the French entomologist Ernest Olivier (1844-1914). Some scattered foxing, but otherwise in very good condition. BMC NH, p. 41; Horn & Schenkling 20186 (listed under Serville); Nissen, ZBI 107.
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