Hamburgi et Kilonii: Carol. Ernest. Bohnii, 1778.
First edition. , 178 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. A Pioneer of Systematic Entomology. Full contemporary brown calf, with green leather spine label. Endpaper a bit browned, one small stain to title page, slight toning to text, but overall a handsome, pleasant copy in contemporary binding, with the bookseller's ticket of Parisian bookseller Ambroise Lefèvre. "Librairie Scientifique Ancienne & Moderne" Item #239030
Fabricius first major work on the system and theory of entomology, and perhaps his greatest theoretical contribution to the science.
"Fabricius was undoubtedly one of the most distinguished entomologists and ranks with Carl de Geer, P.A. Latreille, A.G. Oliver and other prominent specialists of earlier times. In many respects he surpassed them, especially as a theoretical natural scientist ... It was Fabricius' greatest ambition to build a system based on the naturally defined genera, without doubt a definite and new contribution to insect systematics. He considered this more important than a dry description of the various species." - DSB IV pp. 512/513.
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