STOLL, Caspar (c.1730-1791)
Natuurlyke en naar 't leeven naauwkeurig gekleurde Afbeeldingen en Beschreyvingen der Cicaden en Wantzen
Amsterdam: Jan Christaan Sepp, 1780-1788. 2 volumes, quarto. Hand colored illustrated titles to each volume, 70 hand coloured engraved plates (29 Cicaden and 41 Wantzen), illustrating 471 figures. Text in Dutch and French. The first volume with general title page preceding the sectional one.
Contemporary marbled calf, covers with wide borders in gilt, flat spines tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, expert repairs to joints
Beautifully illustrated and colored work on insects from the order Hemiptera, including cicadas: complete with both parts.
Published in twelve parts, this work was "the first serious scientific work on these groups of insects" (Landwehr). The work describes the cicadidae and insects of the order heteroptera of all parts of the world, but with many from the Dutch colonies of Surinam, the Cape of Good Hope and the Coromandel coast. Stoll worked with Pieter Cramer on his monumental work on butterflies, becoming its principal author after Cramer's death. Contemporary records describe him as being a clerk in the Admiralty of Amsterdam, but was evidently well regarded as an amateur entomologist and collector of specimens. The beautiful work is published by Jan Christiaan Sepp, the most acclaimed Dutch publisher of colored natural history books of the 18th century.
Nissen ZBI 3999 and 4000; Landwehr 191; Hagen, p. 198; Horn & Schenkling, p. 1192.