A classic work of entomology, available online in French and English


6 Responses to “A classic work of entomology, available online in French and English”

  1. Great book with beautiful colour illustrations by Edward Julius Detmold. Unfortunately Google’s book scans are disgracefully bad, with colour pictures often reduced to low-res greys or omitted altogether. The Microsoft scan of Fabre’s book at the Internet Archive is a lot better:


    •  Lovely!  I’m disappointed there were not more illustrations.

      i suppose those had to be printed in a separate process, cut up and then manually pasted into the main book?

      • Yes, in that book the colour plates are all “tipped in”. Used to be a common process, especially in the more lavish illustrated books.

        The Internet Archive also has Detmold’s editions of The Jungle Book and the Fables of Aesop which are well worth a look.

  2. Jim Balhoff says:

    You can read this and many other classic taxonomic works at the Biodiversity Heritage Library: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/16283 and http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/71078

    All downloadable with very high-quality scans. Their Flickr feed makes a great screensaver, too.

  3. Snig says:

    When Brood X was out in 2004, my not so beloved former boss was totally wigged out by them.  I had a succession of cicadas as my screensaver to make him twitch a little more. 

  4. KBert says:

    I was blessed to grow up with a copy of Fabre’s ‘Book of Insects’ in the house. Discovered it about age 10, he became a hero / role model for life.
    Patient ongoing observation yields delicate understanding…

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