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Lot 1410: SEPP, JAN CHRISTIAN. 1739-1811.- Beschouwing der Wonderen Gods, in de Minstgeachte Schepzelen of Nederlandsche Insecten. Amsterdam: J.C. Sepp, 1762; 1786; 1787.

Est: $1,000 USD - $1,500 USD
Bonhams 2December 11, 2013New York, NY, US

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Beschouwing der Wonderen Gods, in de Minstgeachte Schepzelen of Nederlandsche Insecten. Amsterdam: J.C. Sepp, 1762; 1786; 1787. 12 parts in 2 volumes (only). 4to (255 x 195 mm.) [10], [2], 44; [2], 20; [2], 30; [2], 60; 8; 32; 61-100; [6], 4, [1], 5-12; [2], 6; [2], 4; [2], 110; [2], 14; [2], 38; 15-22; 47-46, [2] pp. (1 part in each volume mis-bound). With 2 hand-colored engraved and lithographed frontispieces, and 100 hand-colored engraved and lithographed plates. Contemporary sprinkled calf, morocco spine labels. Some wear to spines, otherwise an excellent uncut copy. FIRST EDITION of the first two volumes of "[what] has become the most important work on Dutch lepidoptera" (Landwehr 182). Sepp both wrote and illustrated the work, using his own collection of preserved butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalides. It is now considered to be one one the most beautiful works on butterflies to be produced. Hagen Bibliotheca Entomologica II p. 152-153; Horn & Schenkling 20145; Landwehr 182; Nissen ZBI, 3808.

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Fine Books & Manuscripts

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Bonhams 2
December 11, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

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