Sale: 391 / Rare Books, May 21. 2012 in Hamburg Lot 32

 
E. Donovan - Natural history of british insects. 8 Bde. 1794-1813.


 
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E. Donovan
Natural history of british insects. 8 Bde. 1794-1813.
Estimate:
€ 2,500 / $ 3,000
Sold:
€ 5,040 / $ 6.048

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Donovan, E., The natural history of british insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, œconomy &c. Together with the history of such minute insects as require investigation by the microscope. 16 in 8 vols. With 576 (568 colored) copper plates . London, E. Donovan 1794-1813. Contemp. dark green morocco with blindtooled borders between 2 gilt fillets, rich ornamental gilt spine, gilt inside borders as well as gilt edges. 8vo.

Horn/Schenkling 4949. - Nissen 1142. - Agassiz I, 253, 5. - Engelmann p. 528. - Complete copy of this splendid book on insects and butterflies, vols. III-XVI in first edition, vol. I and II in second edition (1804). - Each of the extremely delicately colored plates shows one species, mostly with plants and the different stages of their metamorphosis. - Plates clean, slightly browned in places, 1 vol. with faint waterstain, flying endpapers slightly discolored. Binding hardly rubbed. All in all very nce copy in decorative binding.

First edition of vol. III-XVI, vol. I and II in second edition. - Contains 576 (568 colored) copperplates. Contemp. dark green maroquin with blindstamped border, bordered with 2 small gilt fillets, rich ornamental gilt spine, and gilt borders. - Plates clean, partly browned, 1 volume slightly waterstained, flying endpapers discolored. Binding marginal rubbed. All in all fine copy in a decorative binding.

32
E. Donovan
Natural history of british insects. 8 Bde. 1794-1813.
Estimate:
€ 2,500 / $ 3,000
Sold:
€ 5,040 / $ 6.048

(incl. 20% surcharge)