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Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde. Eine systematische Bearbeitung
der Gross-Schmetterlinge der ganzen Welt. Stuttgart, Kernen Verlag,
1909-1954. 20 volumes (in 32). 4to. With 1458 chromolithographed
plates. Publishers half calf and publishers cloth, gilt
and unbound in portfolios (10 volumes in publisher's half calf, gilt or
publisher's cloth, gilt and the remaining volumes unbound in portfolio).
26 volumes in publishers half calf, gilt or publishers cloth, gilt and 6 volumes unbound in portfolio
A complete set of this rare work. The work was published in 16 volumes
with 4 supplements. Volume 1-4 and supplements describe the Palaeartic
Fauna and volumes 5-16 describe the Exotic Fauna. The fine plates
are made by process of 10-14 colour lithography, and its excellent
quality has remained unsurpassed. The editor Seitz planned to finish
the whole work in 1912. This proved to be quite unrealistic as publication
stopped in 1954. Several volumes remained unfinished.
The most important collections of butterflies were consulted such as the
one of L.W. Rothschild of Tring, the British Museum, the Paris Natural
History Museum, the Senckenberg Museum at Frankfurt, as well as
collections in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Australia, South & North America
The German edition is textually larger than the English one as it
has the complete supplement of volume 4 (published in 1954), which
remained unfinished in the English edition.
The unfinished volumes 7 and 15 of the German edition also have
more text. Apart from the 4th supplement volume the same volumes
remained unfinished as in the English edition.
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