Now Published! British Butterflies - A History in Books

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Fine books from the 17th century onwards. Books with beautiful handcoloured plates.

Fine Bindings

Books with fine leather bindings, rare and collectable items.

Paintings & Original Artwork

Original artwork, paintings and old decorative prints.


Aurelian Books

David Dunbar, FRES, welcomes you to Aurelian Books. We specialise in books about butterflies, moths and other insects. Explore our extensive and carefully selected range of antiquarian old and new books about every aspect of British Lepidoptera. Other sections include overseas lepidoptera, natural history, collectables and journals. You will also find a quick search function under the On-line Bookshop.

Publication dates of our books cover a period of well over 350 years from 1634 to the present day. There is something for everyone - the butterfly and moth enthusiast, the professional or amateur entomologist, conservationists and ecologists, book collectors, photographers, gardeners ... whatever your interest please enjoy browsing our stock.

And, if you decide to buy, we shall enjoy offering a quick, competitive and helpful service. Unlike many on-line "shops" we are easily contactable on the telephone. David Dunbar always welcomes enquiries and offers a personal contact to talk about books and find exactly what you are looking for.

VIEWING stock at private premises in north London is by prior appointment only and can usually be arranged at short notice. Always phone first. We are five minutes drive from the north circular and the M1 junction. Golders Green tube station (northern line) is 15 minutes away but I am happy to collect customers to save the walk.

DO YOU WANT TO SELL? We buy libraries, collections and good individual items and will pay the best possible prices. Please give me a call to discuss if you are considering selling.

RECENT ACQUISITIONS. February 2016. I have just added good new stock to the sections for Europe, the Americas and Asia. These books will found at the beginning of each section so search under Overseas Lepidoptera in the Online Bookshop.

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A History of Butterfly Books

David has also written an article entitled Chasing Butterfly Books that can be seen at the UK Butterflies website. Click here to go directly to this article.

Aurelian Books ~ David Dunbar
31 Llanvanor Road, Child Hill, London NW2 2AR, England
Telephone and Fax: 020 8455 9612 (overseas 0044 20 8455 9612)
Mobile: 0777 176 1050 (overseas 0044 777 176 1050)
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