Natursystem der ungeflügelten Insekten.
Berlin, G.A. Lange, 1797-1800. 4 parts (bound in one). 4to (275 x 215mm). pp. viii, 88; pp. iv, 26;pp. (2), 30; pp. (4), 86, with 23 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, red gilt lettered label on spine (head of spine a bit worn).
A very scarce work with excellent plates intended according to the introduction as a kind of supplement to Herbst's equally rare work 'Naturgeschichte der Krabben und Krebse'. The four parts have the following subtitles: I. Naturgeschichte der Insekten-Gattungen Solpuga und Phalangium; II. Naturgeschichte der Insecten-Gattung Opilio; III. Fortsetzung der Naturgeschichte der Insectengattung Opilio; IV. Naturgeschichte der Skorpionen. The first part is written by Lichtenstein and Herbst, the following parts are by Herbst alone. "In the meanwhile W. Herbst, a German entomologist, had given fuller treatment to the 'Afterspinnen', or near-spiders, and in Volume III (1799) of his 'Natursystem der ungeflügelten Insekten', ... he described twenty-eight species, illustrated by unusually clear figures. Herbst discarded the old name Phalangium, on the insufficient grounds that it had been used by the ancient writers as a name for true spiders, and replaced it by Opilio, of which genus he is thus the author" (Savory p. 56). Johann Friederich Wilhelm Herbst (1743-1807) was a German naturalist, theologian and a chaplain for the Prussian army. Nissen ZBI, 1895; Junk Rara, 10.
Item nr. 8283
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