Genera crustaceorum et insectorum, secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque, plurimis explicata. I-IV. Pierre André LATREILLE.
Genera crustaceorum et insectorum, secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque, plurimis explicata. I-IV.

Genera crustaceorum et insectorum, secundum ordinem naturalem…
Genera crustaceorum et insectorum, secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque, plurimis explicata. I-IV.

Paris and Strasbourg: A. Koening, 1806-1809.

Four volumes, octavo, 12 plates and 2 folding tables; in contemporary marbled paper boards with spine labels, old shelf markers to spine.

Contemporary of Cuvier

First edition. Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) had entered the Paris Museum in 1799, and became Professor of Entomology on the death of Lamarck. He went on to publish a great number of important entomological books and articles, including several relating to other French voyages to the Pacific, and contributing the volume on insects to Cuvier's revolutionary Règne Animal of 1817. A memoir of Latreille, with a portrait, was published in Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library for 1841.

First edition. Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) had entered the Paris Museum in 1799, and became Professor of Entomology on the death of Lamarck. He went on to publish a great number of important entomological books and articles, including several relating to other French voyages to the Pacific, and contributing the volume on insects to Cuvier's revolutionary Règne Animal of 1817. A memoir of Latreille, with a portrait, was published in Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library for 1841.
This is one of Latreille's most significant works: while Latreille praised Cuvier for having founded zoological classification on comparative anatomy, he based his own classification work primarily on the consideration of external characters. Nonetheless, as one of his successors remarked more than half a century after the appearance of the 'Genera', the work offered "such an exact exposition of the characters of the insects, arachnids, and crustaceans, and nearly always such a just appreciation of the natural affinities of these animals, that the most modern researches only added rectifications of a second order" (DSB VIII, p. 48).

Horn-Schenkling, 12835; Nissen ZBI, 2387

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