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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. Publisher’s half calf and publisher’s 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 publisher’s half calf, gilt or publisher’s cloth, gilt and 6 volumes unbound in portfolio ->

€ 10.000,00

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 etc.

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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  Volumes 1-4, Palaearctic Fauna, with 4 supplements
  Volumes 5-8, American Fauna
  Volumes 9-12, Indo-Australian Fauna
  Volumes 13-16, African Fauna