Systema Eleutheratorum secundum ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. LABILLARDIERE, Johann C. FABRICIUS.
Systema Eleutheratorum secundum ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus.

Systema Eleutheratorum secundum ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus.

Kiliae: Impensis Bibliopolii Academici Novi, 1801.

Two volumes, thick octavo, neat library stamps to both titles, occasional early manuscript annotations; an excellent set in contemporary glazed paper boards, gilt.

Australian insects collected on the d'Entrecasteaux voyage

The first work by the great Danish naturalist Fabricius to incorporate newly discovered species collected on the d'Entrecasteaux/Labillardière voyage, in this case insects. An impressive 36 specimens noted here are from Australia alone, with specimens collected in each of their three main ports of call: the lower east coast of the mainland, the southern coast of western Australia, and Van Diemen's Land. Any number of insects were also collected in other Asian and Pacific locations on the voyage, marking this book as one of the earliest and most significant works of entomology to include Pacific specimens.

The first work by the great Danish naturalist Fabricius to incorporate newly discovered species collected on the d'Entrecasteaux/Labillardière voyage, in this case insects. An impressive 36 specimens noted here are from Australia alone, with specimens collected in each of their three main ports of call: the lower east coast of the mainland, the southern coast of western Australia, and Van Diemen's Land. Any number of insects were also collected in other Asian and Pacific locations on the voyage, marking this book as one of the earliest and most significant works of entomology to include Pacific specimens.

D'Entrecasteaux had sailed with orders to search for La Perouse, but the voyage is now remembered chiefly for the important Australian and Pacific natural history that they collected, and particularly for the botanical specimens that returned to France. As this, and the following works by Fabricius attest, Labillardiére and his fellow natural historians were assiduous in collecting specimens of all varieties from major mammals right through to smaller insects. The insects noted here were 'collected by Labillardiére and Riche, botanists to the Expedition… which visited W. Australia and Tasmania. Most of these species are cited from Nova Cambria [that is, New South Wales] and Australasia, with one exception from Van Diemen's Land' (Anthony Musgrave).

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