The Beetles of the World
The Beetles of the World is a series of books devoted to the study of the Coleoptera, worldwide. Sciences Nat published the 24 first volumes; the following volumes and the supplements were published by Hillside Books, Canterbury.
The first book was published in French Les Coléoptères du Monde in 1981 by Sciences Nat, the author was Jacques Rigout and the book is a revision the genus Batocera. The author printed the book himself, page by page. A professional bounded the volume. The printing was of 500 copies and it was soon out of print. A second edition was printed by a professional in 1986.
New authors came quickly to publish in the series. There were French specialists such as Gilbert Lachaume (Goliathini), Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Lucanidae), Patrick Bleuzen (Cerambycidae), Thierry Porion (Curculionidae), Roger-Paul Dechambre (Dynastidae), Marc Soula (Rutelinae) or Patrick Arnaud (Scarabaeidae), but also authorities from Belgium: Vincent Allard (Cetoniidae); Switzerland: Tiéry Lander (Buprestidae); Mexico: Miguel-Angel Morón (Rutelidae); Italy: Pierfranco Cavazzuti, Pietro Ratti, Achile Casale (Carabidae); and Germany: Karl Werner (Cicindelidae). These authors also frequently published entomological articles in the journal Bulletin de la Société Sciences Nat.