Melbourne: Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria, [c1876]. Octavo, Contemporary half morocco, with manuscript index. A magnificent association copy "presented to Robert Scott by the author, May 1876", the signatures of Charles French (Victorian Government entomologist) and inscribed "F. Erasmus Wilson from C. French".
Comte du Castelnau (1810-180), also known as Francoise Laporte was a French naturalist best known for his first expedition into the Canadian lakes followed by a five year expedition, starting in 1843, into South America. He also has a substantial Australian connection because he was the French consul from 1864 to 1877, an active member of the Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria and the Entomological Society of New South Wales. He died in Melbourne in 1880. He was the unfortunate victim of a scientific hoax with a description, based on a drawing, of an archaic fish which he named Ompax spatuloides.
Refer Musgrave (p. 186) for a short biography and a listing of his entomological publications. This publication is not listed.
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