London, South Kensington
27 November 2012
FABRICIUS, Johan Christian (Danish zoologist, 1745-1808). Autograph letter signed ('J.C. Fabricius') to the German entomologist Wilhelm Meigen, Paris, 10 August 1804, in German, expressing his desire to make Meigen's acquaintance, and his disappointment at not finding him in Paris; he hopes to see him in Stolberg on his way home, 'Ich freue mich sehr, einen wahren Entomologen mehr kennen zu lernen', one page, 4to, integral address leaf, remains of seal, docketed (light spotting, minor tears to edges, seal tear), with a transcription.
Meigen and Fabricius did indeed meet at Stolberg, as the latter suggests here, though the meeting put them somewhat at odds, with Fabricius responding critically to the eclectic methods used by Meigen in his classifications, and insisting that a classification should be based on one body part only.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7389 2152
+44 (0)20 7389 2157
+44 (0)20 7389 2150
+44 (0)20 7389 2674
+44 (0)20 7389 2158
+44 (0)20 7389 2154
+44 (0)20 7389 2255
+44 (0)20 7389 2153
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
The series of nine sales offered works spanning millennia, led by a Roman marble statue of the Emperor Hadrian which realised $5,950,000
Discover masterpieces by Titian, Waterhouse and more as the galleries at Rockefeller Center transform into a museum of classical art
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Our Books and Manuscripts specialists advise on a richly rewarding and ever-evolving collectors’ market
Get up close with iconic works by legendary comic book artists, from Hergé and Moebius to Alberto Uderzo and André Franquin
Top billing goes to the most important Ruscha painting to come to market in years, while Hockney’s break-up masterpiece realises $29.5 million