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Now Published! British Butterflies - A History in Books


The Entomologist's Library


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UK Butterflies
AuthorJOHN CURTIS
TitleBRITISH ENTOMOLOGY BEING ILLUSTRATIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GENERA OF INSECTS FOUND IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
Description1824-1839, 16 volumes, royal octavo, 770 plates with figures finely hand coloured 'from nature', one species of insect shown per page together with anatomical line drawings and often with flower or larval foodplant, descriptive text with each plate, final part bound with title pages for the work to be bound in 8 volumes, new preface and various indexes, each volume has index and some have subscriber's lists, first 11 volumes bound in half red roan, spines with raised bands and gilt titling and decoration, marbled boards and end papers, final 5 volumes bound in modern half calf in a similar style (plain end papers) but colour of leather not matched with earlier volumes (see illustration below), some minor foxing on endpapers and preliminary pages, one page in first volume creased and browned in one corner, overall the plates are in good clean condition with only very slight and occasional foxing on edges, hinges weakened in earlier volumes but skilfully stregtnened inside, several plates misplaced, various printers listed on the title pages. Curtis was one of the most accomplished natural history author and artist of the early nineteenth century. He illustrated shells and botanical subjects and came to insects in later life but throughout he assiduously supervised the engraving of the plates for his works thus ensuring the highest quality reproduction of his paintings.
Stock No.1372
Price5,850

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