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Boisduval & LeConte\'s 1833 Rare 1st Ed Butterflies of North America - 78 Plates For Sale


Boisduval & LeConte\'s 1833 Rare 1st Ed Butterflies of North America - 78 Plates


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Boisduval & LeConte\'s 1833 Rare 1st Ed Butterflies of North America - 78 Plates:
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\"Some of our subscribers have complained that, if the coloring of the species whose figure we have given was very neat, it was not the same with the design; that in most cases the bodies had a vicious shape, that the legs and wings were badly attached, and the ribs often neglected. I am the first to recognize that with the perfection that one is entitled to expect at the time in which we live, this reproach is well founded; but I must say for my justification that the drawings of this work are not produced in France, that they were executed in North America by Mr. Abbot or by my collaborator, Mr. LeConte of New York, who applied themselves much more to rendering faithfully the design and the color of the wings than to modeling the bodies or the legs. Until this day I had not dared to change anything in the original figures which are in my hands; but in the future, to avoid this reproach, and in concert with the new publisher who sacrifices to carry as far as possible the perfection of the works whose publication is entrusted to him, I will have all the drawings retouched according to nature by Mr. Abbot, and I will have them completely redone when they offer some inaccuracies. Subscribers can therefore be assured that from the tenth delivery our figures will no longer have these defects.\"HISTOIRE GÉNÉRALE ET ICONOGRAPHIE DES LÉPIDOPTÈRES ET DES CHENILLES DE L\'AMERIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE. Jean Alphonse Boisduval (1801-1879), Member of several National and Foreign Learned Societies - John Eatton LeConte (1784-1860), of New York, Major in Engineering and member of several Academies. Paris: LIBRAIRIE ENCYCLOPÉDIQUE DE RORET, RUE HAUTEFEUILLE, AU COIN DE CELLE DU BATTOIR, [IMPRIMERIE DE JULES DIDOT L\'AINE, rue du Pont-de-Lodi, n° 6],1833. First Edition, bound from the original parts. TOME PREMIER (No further volumes published; issued in 26 parts, 1829-1833)). BMC, Nat. Hist. I, p. 189. Meisel III: 401. Nissen, Zoology 452. Sabin 6155. French language. 8vo. 2 p.l., 228 pages, followed by 78 aquatint plates. Includes bibliographical references. Complete. This rare work on the butterflies of North America contains especially fine plates. Boisduval, noted authority on butterflies, collaborated with Major John Eaton LeConte, an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and vice president of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Originally bound in half calf, marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt. Needs conservation: lacking lower board. Old leather dried, upper board hanging on. Scattered spotting throughout, otherwise textblock clear and unmarked, penciled annotations at some plates, acceptable condition overall. Excellent candidate for rebinding. Entirely uncommon in the trade.



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