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Old Monday 20th August 2018, 08:59   #5
laurent raty
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At the start of the paper that includes the OD, Lesson wrote:
(Nota. Toutes les espèces indiquées sont peintes par M. Prêtre et dans le portefeuille de l'auleur, qui comptait les publier dans le tome II de ses Illustrations de zoologie.)
I.e.: "Nota. All the indicated species are painted by Mr. Prêtre and in the wallet of the author, who intended to publish them in the volume II of his Illustrations de zoologie."
The use of a past tense ('comptait' = intended) suggests he didn't expect the publication to take place at this point.
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