CHARPENTIER (TOUSSAINT DE) Libellulinae europaeae descriptae ac depictae, FIRST EDITION, Leipzig, Leopold Voss, 1840
Lot 176
CHARPENTIER (TOUSSAINT DE)
Libellulinae europaeae descriptae ac depictae, FIRST EDITION, Leipzig, Leopold Voss, 1840
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 1,994) inc. premium

Lot Details
CHARPENTIER (TOUSSAINT DE)
Libellulinae europaeae descriptae ac depictae, FIRST EDITION, 48 lithographed plates (all but 2 hand-coloured), spotting to text, contemporary half calf over maroon cloth, rebacked and recornered preserving most of the original spine [Nissen ZBI 874], 4to, Leipzig, Leopold Voss, 1840

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  • First and only edition of a pioneering study of dragonflies by the German entomologist Toussaint de Charpentier (1779-1847), with a distinguished provenance.

    Provenance: Heales, nineteenth century armorial bookplate; unidentified German stamp on title; Edward Bruce Williamson (1877-1933, Curator of Odonata from 1916-1928, and a Research Associate from then until 1933 at the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan), ownership stamp and "Museum of Zoology" stamp inside lower cover; Clarence Hamilton Kennedy (1879-1933, entomologist), bookplate ("Ex Libris De Libellulis Clarence... Out of the Night, Triacanthagyna") designed by himself. Kennedy carried out a comprehensive census of dragonflies in the western United States, publishing works on the dragonflies of central California and Nevada; Sotheby's January 23, 1989, lot 493; R.G. Kemp, contributor to Odonata: Biology of Dragonflies, edited by B.K. Tyagi, 2007.
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