Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature


Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature

Title Variants

Alternative: Insectes d'Europe, peints d'après nature

Related Titles

Related/Analytical: Chenilles, crisalides, & papillons du jour

Related/Analytical: Chenilles, crisalides, & papillons sphinx

Related/Analytical: Chenilles, crisalides, & papillons-phalenes

Related/Analytical: Moyen facile de se procurer beaucoup de chenilles, & méthode pour les dessécher & les conserver


Ernst, J. J.

Carangeot, Arnould, 1742-1806
Delaguette, Pierre-Méri, 1788 , publisher
Devillers, Charles, 1724-1809 , illustrator
Engramelle, Joseph.
Ernst, J. J. , Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature
Fossier, , illustrator
Gerardin, active 1779- , engraver
Hochecker, Maria Eleonora, 1761-1834 , illustrator
Juillet, Jacques, 1739- , engraver
Kraul, Car. Fran., , engraver
Müller, C. F. 1744-1814 , illustrator
Ranson, Pierre, 1736-1786 , illustrator
Ransonnette, Pierre Nicolas, 1745-1810 , engraver
Roger, Barthélemy Joseph Fulcran, 1767-1841 , engraver
Staignand, , engraver
Swebach de Fontaine, Jacques François Joseph, 1769-1823 , engraver
Zell, Johann Michael, , illustrator
Bazan & Poignant, , publisher
Bellu (Firm) , publisher
Veuve Delaguette (Firm), , publisher




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Publication info

A Paris, Chez P.M. Delaguette, imprimeur-libraire, 1779-1792 [i.e. 1793]


Issued in 29 fascicles. Each part was originally issued in printed gray paper covers.

Statement of responsibility from covers of parts.

Dedication to M. Gigot d'Orcy signed: J.J. Ernst.

According to Quérard in La France litteraire, some of the descriptions were written by A. Carangeot; see British Museum cat. (Nat. hist.) v. 2, p. 539.

Imprint on covers of parts: À Paris. Chez Ernst, auteur ... P.M. Delaguette, imprimeur-libraire, Bazan et Poignant, marchands d'estampes ...

Imprint varies. Vols. 6-8: A Paris: Chez la veuve Delaguette ...

Dates on title pages for each of the text tomes: t. 1, MDCCLXXIX [1779]; t. 2, MDCCLXXX [1780]; t. 3, MDCCLXXXII [1782]; t. 4, MDCCLXXXV [1785]; t. 5, MDCCLXXXVI [1786]; t. 6, MDCCLXXXVIII [1788]; t. 7, MDCCXC [1790]; t. 8, MDCCXCII [1792]. Pt. 28 (text t. 8) is dated at foot of p. [89]: 1793. The atlas title pages are undated.

Text tomes 1-2 also called Premiere partie; with engraved t.p., which reads: Insectes d'Europe, peints d'apres nature ... Premiere partie, les chenilles, crisalides et papillons de jour ...

Text tomes 3-8 also called Seconde partie. Tome 3 has subtitle Chenilles, crisalides, & papillons sphinx. Tomes 4-8 have subtitle Chenilles, crisaldes, & papillons-phalènes.

Text volumes 1-2 are paged continuously.

Pagination of text: t. 1: [8], xxxiv, 86, xi, [1] p.; t. 2: [5], 88-111, [4], 114-206, [3], 208-343, [1] p., uncolored leaves of plates I-III; t. 3: [4], x, 132 p.; t. 4: [4], 90, [2], 91-215, [3] p.; t. 5: [4], 152, [2] p.; t. 6: [4], 176, [2] p.; t. 7: [4], 173, [5] p.; t. 8: [2], 157, [1] p.

Atlas consists of three tomes of "planches," each with an engraved t.p. that reads: Insectes d'Europe, peints d'apres nature .... Atlas t. 1 has imprint: Se vend à Paris, chez Ernst, auteur ..., De Laguette ..., Bazan & Poignant. Atlas t. 2 has imprint: Se vend à Paris, aux adresses des Papillons de jour, et chez Bellu et compagnie .... Atlas t. 3 has imprint: Se vend à Paris, chez Delaguette, imprimeur libraire ... [et] Bassan et Poignant md. d'estampes .... Atlas t.p. for t. 1 and t. 2 are hand-colored; atlas t.p. for t. 3 is uncolored.

Atlas has 357 leaves of plates in various foliations; approximately 12 plates were issued with each part. Three numbered, uncolored plates depicting collecting equipment are inserted in text t. 1. The atlas tomes have hand-colored etchings numbered I-CCCXLII; I-VIII (III suppl.). Plates LV-LXXIX have alternate numbering for I. suppl.: I-XXV; plates LXXX-LXXXIV have alternate numbering for II. suppl.: 1-5.

Plates are signed by various illustrators and engravers. Some of the illustrators include Devillers, F. Engramelle, Fossier, M.E. Hochecker, Müller, Ranson, and J.M. Zell[e]. Some of the engravers include Gerardin, J. Juillet, Car. Fran. Kraul, N. Ransonnette, Roger, Staignand, F.L. Swebach Desfontaines and others, after Ernst, and others.

Signatures for text tomes: t. 1-2: pi1 a-i² (i2 signed "A") B-Z² chi1 2A-2B⁴ 2chi1 2C-2I⁴ 3chi1 2K-2V⁴ 2X² 2Y-3K⁴; t. 3: [superscript pi] A⁴ (A4+"B") A-F⁴ G² H-Q⁴ R² S⁴; t. 4: pi² 2pi1 A-L⁴ M1 N-X⁴ Y² Z⁴-2E⁴ 2F²; t. 5: pi² A-D⁴ E² F-R⁴ S² T-V⁴ X²; t. 6: pi² A-P⁴ Q² R-X⁴ Y² Z⁴ 2A1; t. 7: pi² A-C⁴ D² E-V⁴ X⁴ (-X4) Y-Z⁴; t. 8: pi1 A-E⁴ F² G-X⁴.

"Moyen facile de se procurer beaucoup de chenilles, & méthode pour les dessécher & les conserver" ([2] p.), inserted in text t. 4, between p. 90 and 91.

Head- and tail-pieces; title vignettes; side-notes.

Errors in paging.

The hand-colored plates are accompanied by blank tissue guard-sheets.

A partially-completed supplement for classe I was issued in limited distribution in 1793, containing a few hand-colored plates only because of disruptions experienced during the French Revolution. See article by R. Homberg: Some unknown plates in Ernst & Engramelle's Papillons d'Europe peints d'apres nature, 1779-1793. Journal of the Society for the bibliography of natural history, v. 3 (Dec. 1953), p. 28-33.

Nissen, C. Zoologische Buchillustration, | 1300

Percheron, A. Bibliographie entomologique, | p. 101

Hagen, H. Bib. entomologica, | I, p. 213


Biological specimens , Butterflies , Butterflies in art , Collection and preservation , Early works to 1800 , Europe , Lepidoptera , Moths , Moths in art , Pictorial works

BHL Collections

Dazzling Diversity: The Insect World

Women in Natural History

Call Number

QL555.A1 E71




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.130953
OCLC: 84606431
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q51406237


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