first edition, 4 volumes in 2, comprising 3 volumes of text bound in one, 4to (315 x 240mm.) and a plate volume, oblong folio (340 x 510mm.), 62 hand-coloured engraved plates, text bound in contemporary roan-backed boards, plates bound in contemporary boards, edges uncut, general title with some text obliterated (see note), volume 2 U1 apparently lacking, some spotting, browning and soiling, text volume binding rubbed, plate volume binding worn, covers detached, spine defective
Alexander Patience, book label
Nissen BBI 1896
rare. No copies recorded on ABPC. Nissen notes that the first part was published in Zurich by Fuessly in 1782. The general title to the present copy might be a later title adapted to serve as a general one.
Herbst was primarily an entomologist, and one of the first to attempt a complete survey of the order Coleoptera.
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