Paris: F.G. Levrault, 1812. 8vo. xii, 272 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 60 engraved plates made after drawings by Pretre. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, head of spine worn and the covers a bit faded; interior excellent. Item #3951
First edition of the author's major work on the classification of insects, with the exquisite and detailed illustrations.
Duméril (1774-1860) was a protégé and close friend of Cuvier. According to Bourdier (DSB), "his skills in preparing anatomical demonstrations and the clarity of his exposition brought him rapid success." He edited the first two volumes of Cuvier's Lecons d'anatomie. In addition, Lacépède chose him as his substitute in the chair of zoology specializing in reptiles and fish at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle.