Rare Antique Entomology Book-72 handcoloured engravings-INSECTS-BEETLES-Johann Eusebius Voet-Kleemann ao.-1766



Rare first ed. of a famous entomology work.

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As published without title page: ‘Catalogus Systematicus Coleopterorum. Catalogue systèmatique des coleotères. Systematische Naamlijst van dat geslacht van Insecten, dat men Torren noemt.’, by Johan Eusebius Voet. First ed. published in 2 volumes in The Hague in 1766/1769 by G. Bakhuysen. Volume 1 has 48 & 24 plates (part II). Volume 2 has text in Latin, Dutch, & French. Ref.: Horn & Schenkling 22791. This is considered the first ed. of work. However, Horn and Schenkling state that there is no real first edition, only incompletely published copies of the parts edited by Voet before his death.

No other similar ed. seem to be available on the market. Scarse.

In 1804 and 1806 title ed. and later a German ed. were published by G. Bakhuysen, extended with 33 add’l plates added by Voet’s successors, which enlarged the plate number to 55 & 50 (part II).

Most plates (32) were engraved by Christian Friedrich Carl Kleemann (1735-1789), who was the son-in-law of the entomologist August Roesel von Rosenhof who engraved some of the plates as well (16). Other engravers include: Johann Christoph Keller (1 or 2) (1737-c.1796),  Gustav Philipp Trautner (11) (active 1757-1774), Valentinus Bischoff  (2 or 3) (1740-1804) and Jacob Andreas Eisenmann (8) (1748-1782).

Johannes Eusebius Voet (24 January 1706 in Dordrecht – 28 September 1778 in The Hague) was a Dutch physician, poet, illustrator, and entomologist. Johannes was the son of Carel Burchat Voet (1671-1745) who was court-painter to the Earl of Portland and also an entomologist.

Augustus Johannes Rosel von Rosenhof (1705-59) was a German miniature painter, naturalist and entomologist. Roesel studied painting with his father and uncle, and later with the renowned Preisler in Nuremberg. While living in Copenhagen, he became inspired by the work of Maria Sibylla Merian. He returned to Nuremberg to devote himself largely to entomological studies and illustration, aided by his wife who hand colored his drawings and his son in law, who assisted in the publishing of his superbly illustrated scientific works. Roesel also did much of the engraving for his works.

Size: quarto.

Condition: 2 plates with dampstaining, one plate with very light dampstaining; other plates fine attached to bound book leaf; Paper edges regularly bend over, not effcting image.; Some plates with light ghosting from not sheet.; All plates with a note sheet.

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Dimensions 16 × 22 × 1 cm


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