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GEOFFROY, Étienne-Louis. Histoire abrégée des insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de Paris; dans laquelle ces animaux sont rangés suivant un ordre méthodique. 

Paris, Durand, 1762.

Two 4to (252x190 mm), (4)-xxviii-523 pages, one folding table and 10 folding plates / (4)-690 pages and12 plates. In total, 22 plates.  binding : Contemporary full mottled sheep, spine gilt in six compartments, title and volume number in gilt on lettering-pieces, red edges. Binding rubbed. Caps and two corners chipped. 

First edition.
This book was a great success in the field of Natural Sciences as soon as it was published.
Étienne-Louis Geoffroy (1725-1810, French pharmacist and entomologist) introduced a new classification of insects based on the study of wings and established six different groups (beetles, hemiptera, mealy-winged tetraptera, bare-winged tetraptera, diptera and aptera).

Price : 700 €

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