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CRAMER, Pieter; STOLL, Caspar.

Papillons Exotiques

des trois parties du monde l'Asie, l'Afrique et l'Amérique. [with] Supplément à l'ouvrage Papillons exotiques. Contenant les figures exactes des chenilles et des chrysalides de Suriname [.]

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Amsterdam & Utrecht, J. Baalde and Barthelemy Wild [and] Nic. Th. Gravius, 1779

this important history of entomology, abundantly described and beautifully illustrated, is the first book on exotic butterflies using the new system developed by Carl von Linné (1707-1778) for naming and classifying animals.

Pieter Cramer (1721-1776) was a wealthy Dutch Spanish wool merchant and entomologist who had a passion for insects. He built up a large collection, especially of butterflies, from Dutch traders and settlers in Surinam. Wishing to publish the rarest pieces of his collection, Cramer called upon Gerrit Wartenaar Lambertz who painted more than 1650 of the rarest specimens from the two Indies, Asia, Africa and America from his collection and from other Dutch collectors. With the help of the entomologist Caspar Stoll and the booksellers S. J. Baalde of Amsteldam and J. van Schoonhoven of Utrecht, who took on the publication at their own expense, the first issues appeared in 1775. Cramer died in 1776 before the publication was

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5 vols, 4to (29.3 x 24 cm); text in Dutch and French in two columns; with two frontispieces engraved by Th. Koning after J. Buys, including one enhanced in colour, hand-coloured title engraved by C.J. de Huyser, and 442 hand-coloured plates (42 of which are in the Supplement), with 10 titles including one engraved and hand-coloured, and two leaves of subscribers; beautifully bound in full contemporary red morocco (for the first 4 volumes), spines with raised bands, richly decorated, titles, volume numbers and provenance in green morocco, gilt fillets on the boards and on the edges, gilt inner dentelle, all edges gilt, identical pastiche binding for the 5th volume (Supplement); an excellent copy.


Graesse II, 294 ; Cohen, 262 ; Brunet, II, 404; Nissen 985; Quérard II, 329

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