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1000 species of Hungarian spiders with 700 detail figures

CHYZER, Cornelius and Wladyslaw KULCZYNSKI.
Araneae Hungariae secundum collectiones a Leone Becker pro parte perscrutatas ... Tomus I. [, II-di pars prior., II-di parts posterior.].
Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1891-1897. 2 volumes (vol. II in 2 parts) bound as 1. Royal 4to (30 x 23.5 cm). With 16 lithographed containing about 700 detail figures, nearly all combining line images and shading, and many in vol. I in duotone (grey and blue). Near contemporary green half cloth. [4], 168, [4]; [4], 151, [1]; [4], 147-366 pp.
€ 1,750
Rare first and only edition, in Latin (with the preface to each part also in Hungarian/Magyar), of an extensive and thorough study of Hungarian spiders, with about 700 figures illustrating details of spider anatomy (mostly showing parts of the exoskeleton). It describes about 1000 spider species in XXII numbered families, with the genera numbered per family and the species per genus. The Hungarian physician Cornelis Chyzer (1836-1909) in Budapest and the Polish professor of zoology Wladyslaw Kulczynski (1854-1919) in Krakow are best known as arachnologists. Their present collaborative book was their great masterpiece. They note in the title and preface that many of the species had been collected and described by the Belgian painter and arachnologist Léon Becker (1826-1909), who published his account of Belgian species in four volumes, 1882-1896.
With a presentation inscription from the author Cornelis Chyzer to the German Arachnologist Ludwig Koch (1825-1908) and library stamps. Paper browned as usual. Water stains in the plates to vol. I and in the foot margin of the plates to part 1 of volume II, those to part 2 of vol. II slightly browned. Otherwise in good condition. Rare standard work on Hungarian spiders. BMC NH, p. 350; Pierre Bonnet, Bibliographia araneorum, p. 306; not in Horn & Schenkling; Nissen, ZBI.
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