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Most extensive manual on the beetles of New Zealand

BROUN, Thomas.
Manual of the New Zealand coleoptera.
Wellington, James Hughes, 1880-1893. 7 parts (all published) in 3 volumes. 8vo. Modern blue half cloth.
€ 1,250
Complete set of a manual of the New Zealand coleoptera by Captain Thomas Broun (1838-1919). From 1876 to 1888 he was teacher at Tairua, Whangarei Heads, Kawau Island and Howick. During this period he prepared the first volume of his Manual of the New Zealand Coleoptera, which was first published in 1880 and contained descriptions of 1,140 species. Six further parts were published, the final one in 1893. In total Broun identified some 3,979 species of New Zealand insect and his works still remain the definitive text on this subject.
Cancellation stamps from a library in Plymouth on free endpapers and title-pages. Good set of this important work on the New Zealand Coleoptera.
Junk, Bibliographia Coleopterologica (1935), 4525; not in Nissen, ZBI.
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