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"THE CRAB SPIDER" (SCIENTISTS.) FABRE, JEAN-HENRI. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, draft of a portion of his Souvenirs Entomologiques, with holograph section titles beginning with "L'Araignée-crabe" and numerous holograph corrections throughout, in French. 46 pages, folio, folded sheets bound together with cord; faint foxing scattered throughout, moderate even toning. Np, circa 1905
"The Spider that made me witness the full magnificence of the exodus is called, according to the official nomenclature, Thomisus onustus Walck. . . ." "The Crab-Spider" appears as chapter V in Souvenirs Entomologiques: 9th Series (1905). Although the opening sentence of the present manuscript is identical to the first sentence of that chapter, the draft and the published work begin to differ thereafter.
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