Auction 355 Old & Rare Books - Natural History - Science - Medicine

SEPP, J.C. Beschouwingen der wonderen Gods, i.d. minstgeachte schepzelen of Ned. insecten, naar hunne aanmerklyke huishouding, verwonderlyke gedaantewisseling en andere wetenswaardige byzonderheden. Amst., J.C. Sepp, 1762-1860. 8 vols. W. 8 engr./lithogr. ti. & 400 engr./lithogr. plates, all in fine cont. hand colouring. 4°. H. vellum (vol. 1-2), loose in hcl. portfols. (vol. 3-8), all uncut. (Spines portfols. a bit worn). -- And continuation (Second series): S.C. SNELLEN v. VOLLENHOVEN. Beschrijvingen en afbeeldingen van Nederlandsche vlinders. Amst./The Hague, J.C. Sepp/M. Nijhoff, 1860-1900. 4 vols. W. 200 fold-out handcold. lithogr. plates. 4°. Cont. h. mor. (vol. 4), loose in hcl. portfols. (vol. 1-3), first 3 vols. uncut. (Spines portfols. a bit worn). -- And continuation (Third series): A. BRANTS. Nederlandsche vlinders. Afl. 1-10 (=all). The Hague, M. Nijhoff, (1905-27). 10 in 5 vols. W. 10 handcold. lithogr. plates. 4°. (O)wrps., uncut. -- (17).

Complete set with continuations of one of the most important Dutch works on lepidoptera with together 610 plates in contemporary handcolouring. Its really marvellously executed plates are the culminating point of entomological illustration. The publication of this work which according to Nissen probably started as early as 1728, stopped two hundred years later, when in 1928 the author of the third series, A. Brants, deceased after having completed only the first ten parts of the first volume. The famous publishing house Sepp & Zoon was a firm which excercised the utmost care in producing colour-plate books of outstanding quality. In the present case Sepp was the author as well as the publisher. "First series started by Christiaan Andreas Sepp together with his son Jan Christiaan (1739-1811) published in issues and in the format after the model chosen by Roesel von Rosenhof; Sepp followed his own path for the descriptions of butterflies and their illustrations. It has become the most important work on Dutch lepidoptera" (Landwehr). - Cobres I, 381: "Ein Werk ohne seines gleichen, in der ungemein sauberen Ausführung, daher höchst schätzbar". - Complete sets are extremely rare. Landwehr, Bks. w. cold. plts., 182; Nissen, BBI/ZBI, 3808.

€ 6500

result € 12000

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