Johann Christiaan Sepp Beschouwing der wonderen Gods 1762

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Queen of Spain Fritillary Butterfly Measow Brook Butterfly Fritillary Butterfly
Queen of Spain Fritillary Butterfly
SEP145
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Meadow Brook Butterfly
SEP148
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Fritillary Butterfly
SEP147
$85
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Sylvestris, Teasel Skipper Butterfly, Large White, Pond Habitat
Meadow Brook Butterfly
SEP148
$85
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Sylvestris, Teasel
SEP149
$95
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Skipper Butterfly, Large White, Pond Habitat
SEP150
$85
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Geometrician Moth Tau Emperor Moth, 2 prints, click on image to see both Ni Moth
Geometrician Moth
SEP151
$85
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Tau Emperor Moth, 2 prints, click on image to see both
SEP152
$105
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 Ni Moth
SEP154
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Oak Eggar Moth, 2 prints click on image to see both Lobster Moth, 2 prints Lobster Moth, 2 prints
Oak Eggar Moth, 2 prints click on image to see both
SEP156
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Lobster Moth, 2 prints
SEP157 & SEP158
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Lobster Moth, 2 prints
SEP157 & SEP158
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Brindle Beauty Moth, 2 prints Brindle Beauty Moth, 2 prints Hawk Moth
Brindle Beauty Moth, 2 prints
SEP159, SEP160
 
$95 Sale Price: $55
Brindle Beauty Moth, 2 prints
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$95 Sale Price: $55
Hawk Moth
SEP161
$85
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Moth Fritillary Butterfly Moth
Moth
SEP165
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Fritillary Butterfly
SEP164
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Moth
SEP167
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Moth Moth, 2 prints, click on image to see both Black Arches Moth
Moth
SEP168
$85
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Moth, 2 prints, click on image to see both
SEP169
$95
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Black Arches Moth
SEP171
$85
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Moth Moth Moth
Moth
SEP172
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Moth
SEP173
$85
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Moth
SEP174
$85
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Moth, 2 parints, click on image to see both Moth Moth
Moth, 2 parints, click on image to see both
SEP175
$85
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Moth
SEP177
$85
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Moth
SEP178
$85
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Moth Large Emerald Moth Moth
Moth
SEP180
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Large Emerald Moth
SEP181
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Moth
SEP183
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Johann Christiaan Sepp Beschouwing der wonderen Gods 1762

We are delighted to present these exceptionally rare butterfly & moth prints from Johann Christiaan Sepp’s “Beschouwing der wonderen Gods, in de minst geachte schepzelen” 1762-1836. It is considered one of the finest works on butterflies ever published, according to Nissen. The engravings are the pinnacle of entomological illustration & the only prints we know of that reveal further detail when inspected under the magnifying glass. The quality of the engravings and hand coloring is so precise & intricate it is difficult to imagine the skill required to create these works of art.

Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811) was part of a dynasty of collectors, publishers & print dealers founded by his father Christian Sepp (c. 1700-1775), in Goslar, Germany. Christian established himself in Amsterdam after the birth of his eldest son as an engraver of maps. He was an avid collector of butterflies & insects, which proved a valuable resource for his many natural history publications. Christian’s son, Jan Christiaan Sepp joined his father's business and succeeded him on his death. The Sepp publishing house produced some of the finest Dutch natural history colour-plate books of the 18th &19th centuries. Three more generations of Sepps continued the business until 1868 and the publication of beautiful works on butterflies & moths continued well into the 1900s.

All the engravings we are offering are from the five early volumes dated 1762-1836. They are all ORIGINAL hand colored stipple engravings on fine watermarked chain lined paper. The condition is excellent with each print measuring about 7 inches by 9 inches, though on some the paper is a little larger, with the image size always the same. The original descriptive text & a copy of the highly decorative title page come with each print. We have grouped prints that show host plants and different stages of the life cycle. The photos do not do justice to the color and incredible detail of these prints. All our prints are authentic hand colored antique prints, and these are about 250 years old.


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