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Now Published! British Butterflies - A History in Books


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Category: Antiquarian

This section contains books published pre-1900 on Lepidoptera and other Entomological subjects. Some useful modern reference books and related works are included. Images will be added in due course but if there is a particular item of interest pictures of title-pages and bindings can be e-mailed on request. Please note copyright in all photographs on this website belong to David Dunbar and may not be reproduced without prior written permission.

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1. THE AURELIAN, OR, NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES

MOSES HARRIS, THE AURELIAN, OR, NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES , 1840 edition revised and extended by J O Westwood, small folio (28 x 38 cms), pages iv-xii, 1-83, alphabetic index 2, systematic list 2, hand-coloured frontispiece depicting a figure of a fashionably dressed gentleman holding a butterfly net and other collecting equipment in a woodland glade with another collector in the background, engraved hand-coloured title page with decorative floral border and figures of insects (fore-edge of page frayed not affecting engraved surface except for a short tare neatly repaired), without printed title page, engraved anatomical diagram with explanatory key of terms, 43 (of 44, lacks plate III) engraved plates many with coat of arms and dedication to patrons of the work, all the figures of the insects are hand-coloured and in some instances the foliage and background are partially coloured, rebound in a full tree-calf leather with raised bands, gilt lettering on spine labels, new marbled endpapers, edges untrimmed, with substantial cloth-covered slip case. Published by Henry G Bohn.
Stock No. 1445
£1,950.00

2. ENGLISH NATURALISTS FROM NECKHAM TO RAY,

RAVEN, CHARLES E, ENGLISH NATURALISTS FROM NECKHAM TO RAY,, 1947, 380 pages, A Study of the Making of the Modern World, Cambridge University Press.
Stock No. 1439
£35

3. JOHN RAY, NATURALIST, HIS LIFE AND WORKS

RAVEN, CHARLES E, JOHN RAY, NATURALIST, HIS LIFE AND WORKS, 1942, i- xix, 502 pages, portrait frontispiece, d/j, a learned study of Ray's life and pioneering works contributing to a new understanding of nature in particular botany and entomology, a good copy, Cambridge University Press.
Stock No. 1438
£75

4. A NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH INSECTS

ALBIN ELEAZAR , A NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH INSECTS, 1720, 1st edn, large 4to, Dedication to the Princess of Wales, Preface, List of Subscribers Names, single page of text with each of the 100 hand-coloured plates, (without the notes of Derham), full contemporary calf binding with later but old discreet rebacking of spine, gilt decoration on covers, spine with raised bands and gilt decoration in panels, text and plates generally clean and fresh with only occasional foxing or browning, good colouring, binding firm but with stitching of front hinge loosening, an above average copy of the extremely scarce first edition, London, William Innys. (Lisney 123). This is the first entomological book in English to be published with hand-coloured plates. It is suggested that Albin’s daughter helped with the colouring of the prints. He wrote several other books on natural history including birds, spiders and fish.
Stock No. 865
£5,550

5. UNCLE PHILIP’S CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN

ANON, UNCLE PHILIP’S CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN, 1834/5,xv – 170 pages, 12mo, steel engraved frontispiece and title-page, text engravings, minor staining, rebound in modern cloth, mostly about insects, rare, Thomas Tegg & Sons
Stock No. 868
£35

6. INSECTS AND THEIR HABITATIONS, (A BOOK FOR CHILDREN)

ANON, INSECTS AND THEIR HABITATIONS, (A BOOK FOR CHILDREN), 1849, 96 pages, 16mo, engravings in text, original blind stamped cloth binding, a clean firm copy, John W. Parker
Stock No. 869
£15

7. INSECT MANUFACTURES

ANON, INSECT MANUFACTURES, not dated, (c1860/70), iv – 170 pages, 16mo, frontispiece and text illustrations, cloth binding very slightly loosened, Society for Promotion of Christian Knowledge
Stock No. 870
£22

8. THE HISTORY OF INSECTS

ANON, THE HISTORY OF INSECTS, 1839, viii – 192 pages, 16mo, frontispiece and 14 plates, with text engravings, cloth decorated spine with gilt figure of butterfly on front cover, top edge gilt, inner hinge strengthened, a nice copy, The Religious Tract Society
Stock No. 871
£65.

9. THE LEPIDOPTERA OF THE BRITISH ISLES

BARRETT C G, THE LEPIDOPTERA OF THE BRITISH ISLES, 1896/7, parts xxxv to xlvi, (vol. 4 Noctuae), in original publisher's 11 parts with paper covers (NOT AS ILLUSTRATED BUT SAME CONTENT) with hand-coloured plates 137 to 184 all in good clean state, L Reeve & Co
Stock No. 875
£65

10. A HISTORY OF THE SPIDERS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

BLACKWELL JOHN, A HISTORY OF THE SPIDERS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 2 volumes, folio, 1859; part I, vi – 173 pages with 12 plates, and 1864 part II, paginated 175 - 384 pages with 17 plates, all plates are fine lithographs each with numerous magnified figures of spiders (handcoloured) and anatomical drawings (plain), a large paper copy but with some of the plates slightly smaller than the text, an ex-library set with stamps but none on the plates. Bound in original cloth and in good firm condition, published by the Ray Society
Stock No. 877
£550

11. GENERA OF INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS: EUROPAEORUM LEPIDOPTERORUM

BOISDUVAL DR J A,, GENERA OF INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS: EUROPAEORUM LEPIDOPTERORUM, 1840, i-viii-328 pages, text and notes in Latin, sm 8vo, half calf with raised bands on spine, marbled boards, nice copy, Roret, Paris
Stock No. 1361
£145.

12. THE BOOK OF BUTTERFLIES, SPHINXES AND MOTHS

BROWN CAPT THOMAS, THE BOOK OF BUTTERFLIES, SPHINXES AND MOTHS, Odd unmatching volumes, plates and incomplete vols available. Available each at
Stock No. 882
£35

13. THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

BUCKLER W, editors H T STAINTON & G T PORRITT, THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1884-1901, 9 vols, 164 full page plates (handcoloured with latter vols printed), bound in original cloth with Ray Society monograph on front covers but not uniform as some faded and hinges cracked in some places and small section missing from head of spine of vol 9, a few library stamps on one volume, Ray Society.
Stock No. 1280
£460.

14. THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

BUCKLER W, editors H T STAINTON & G T PORRITT, THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, odd volumes (VOLS 2-8) available on application from
Stock No. 1281
£25 each

15. MANUAL OF ENTOMOLOGY…translated from the German by W E Shuckhard

BURMEISTER DR H, MANUAL OF ENTOMOLOGY…translated from the German by W E Shuckhard, 1836, xii - 654 pages, 8vo, hand-coloured frontispiece (foxed), and 32 plates some partially coloured, half calf with marbled boards, Edward Churton
Stock No. 883
£55

16. OUR HOUSEHOLD INSECTS

BUTLER EDWARD A, OUR HOUSEHOLD INSECTS, 1893, x – 344 pages + 16 pages of advertisements by the publishers, many text illustrations, blue cloth, nice copy, Longmans, Green & Co
Stock No. 885
£15

17. KAFERBUCH, NATURGESCHICTE DER KAFER EUROPEAS

CALWER’S C G, JAGER DR G, KAFERBUCH, NATURGESCHICTE DER KAFER EUROPEAS, 1876, lvi – 666 pages, small 4to, 50 finely printed lithographic plated – 48 in colour, German text, decorated cloth spine with printed paper covered boards, top edge gilt, an excellent copy, Julius Hoffmann, Stuttgart
Stock No. 886
£135

18. POPULAR BRITISH ENTOMOLOGY of the British Isles

CATLOW M E, POPULAR BRITISH ENTOMOLOGY of the British Isles, 1852, 12mo, viii - 280 pages, 16 hand-coloured plates, cloth bound with new spine, decorative emblem of butterfly on front cover, Reeve & Co.
Stock No. 887
£60

19. MONOGRAPH OF HALTICIDAE IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, PHYSAPODES AND OEDIPODES, Part 1

CLARK REV H, MONOGRAPH OF HALTICIDAE IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, PHYSAPODES AND OEDIPODES, Part 1, 1860, 302 pages, 9 plates (some with slight staining) and handcoloured frontispiece, 302 pages + plate keys, published by British Museum
Stock No. 1219
£35

20. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

COLEMAN W S, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1860, early edition, 12mo, vii-179pp, 16 colour plates, original blue cloth binding decorated with gilt embossed figures on spine and front cover, gilt edges, a really nice copy of this classic popular Victorian book about butterflies which was in print for nearly sixty years, published by George Routledge & Son
Stock No. 890
Sold.

21. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

COLEMAN W S, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, several copies available from £15-£40 depending on date and content and whether or not plates are coloured - please apply for details
Stock No. 891
£20-£40

22. REMARKABLE INSECTS

CROSS J, REMARKABLE INSECTS, 1842, vi – 160 pages, 16mo, engraved title-page and text illustrations, original cloth with gilt embossed front cover, gilt edges, a rare children’s book, Religious Tract Society
Stock No. 979
£40

23. MONOGRAPHIA ANOPLURORUM BRITANNIAE, or an essay on the British Parsitic Insects...

DENNY H, MONOGRAPHIA ANOPLURORUM BRITANNIAE, or an essay on the British Parsitic Insects..., 1842, quarto, xxiv-262 pages, 26 plates with colour figures and line drawings, a firm copy rebacked with most of the original spine and boards, book plate of Reinghold Charpentier, Henry G Bohn.
Stock No. 1293
£75

24. BRITISH MOTHS

DUNCAN JAMES, BRITISH MOTHS, not dated c. 1848, 268 pages, 30 hand-coloured plates, blue cloth worn, from the Naturalist’s Library, W H Allen. This is the companion volume to British Butterflies with the Skippers in the first section. Other copies usually available - sold for plates as bindings poor or incomplete
Stock No. 1262
£35

25. THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF INSECTS

DUNCAN P M, THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF INSECTS, 2nd edition (c1882), x- 490 pages, many fine full page and text woodcut illustrations, blue cloth covers and spine decorated with figures in gilt and black gilt stamped and decorated covers, spine worn, Cassell, Petter & Galpin
Stock No. 901
£30

26. SOUVENIRS ENTOMOLOGIQUES,

FABRE J H, SOUVENIRS ENTOMOLOGIQUES,, 1923, 8vo, 10 vols (lst to 20th series) all with full page sepia plates, with an extra volume “La Vie de Fabre”, all bound in quarter calf, mostly worn or badly cracked defective spines, marbled boards and end papers, contents all very good, text in French, published by Libraire Delagrave
Stock No. 902
£200

27. LES INSECTES

FIGUIER LOUIS, LES INSECTES, 1867, 616 pages, large octavo, finely engraved line illustrations throughout text and full page plates, bound in quarter morocco leather with marbled endpapers, Libraire de L. Hachette et Co
Stock No. 903
£95

28. THE INSECT WORLD

FIGUIER LOUIS, THE INSECT WORLD, 1872, 538 pages, small octavo, many finely engraved text figures and other pictures, school prize book binding in full calf with Wolverhampton High School crest gilt stamped on front cover, raised bands and decorated panels on spine, marbled edges and endpapers, a little wear on edges and title label on spine missing, Cassell, Petter & Galpin. See illustration of previous item as sample.
Stock No. 904
£85

29. THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR’S VADE MECUM, with a synoptical table of British butterflies

FORD LAETITIA, THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR’S VADE MECUM, with a synoptical table of British butterflies, 1836, 3rd edn, xxiv-140pp, handcoloured frontispiece of a Swallow-tail with larva and pupa, 3 (uncoloured) anatomical plates, cloth, good condition, Longman & Co. The comprehensive table includes caterpillar foodplants and distribution locations of all the British butterflies. Descriptions of each species also refer to earlier authors, such as Lewin, Donovan and Duncan, who figured the butterflies as an illustration together with the plate number in the relevant work
Stock No. 905
£140

30. BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

FURNEAUX W, BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1897, xiv-358 pages, 12 colour plates in good clean state, text illustrations, gilt edges, original red cloth with gold figure of a Red Admiral on front cover, slight wear on spine and covers, published by Longmans, Green & Co
Stock No. 907
£35

31. THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION BEING INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTING AND PRESERVING BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

GREENE REV J,, THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION BEING INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTING AND PRESERVING BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1863, 1st edition, 164 pages, plus several pages of advertisements, some text illustrations, with essay on pupae digging, with bookplate of J M Chalmers -Hunt, blue cloth covers, John Van Voorst.
Stock No. 1268
£55

32. THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION BEING INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTING AND PRESERVING BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

GREENE REV J,, THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION BEING INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTING AND PRESERVING BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1870, 2nd edition, 168 pages, plus several pages of advertisements, some text illustrations, with essay on pupae digging, green cloth covers, John Van Voorst.
Stock No. 1269
£45

33. THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION,

GREENE REV J,, THE INSECT HUNTER'S COMPANION, , 1892, 4th edition, viii-115 pages, plus several pages of advertisements, some text illustrations, revised and extended by A B Farn, printed hard covers, spine damaged, Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Stock No. 1190
£20

34. LES INSECTES, NOUVEAU ELEMENTS A ORNEMENTATION L’ENLUMINURE

GUILLOT E, LES INSECTES, NOUVEAU ELEMENTS A ORNEMENTATION L’ENLUMINURE, not dated c1890, 16 pages, 22 x 15 cms, beautifully printed chromolithographic plates depicting numerous ingenious designs and intricate illustrations for illuminating books, greetings cards and interior decorating materials such as wallpapers and stencillings, all utilising the images of butterflies, moths, beetles and other insects with flowers and elaborate scrollwork, gold highlighting on many plates, colour printed card covers showing some signs of wear and repair, an extremely rare item of particular interest to designers and artists, published by Librairie Renouard Paris.
Stock No. 912
£385

35. BIBLIOTECA ENTOMOLOGICA

HAGEN DR HERMANN AUGUST, BIBLIOTECA ENTOMOLOGICA, die literatur uber das ganze gebiet der entomologie bis zum jahre 1862-3, 1882, 2 vols in 1, 566 and 512pp, text in German, full calf, professionally rebacked with original spine, another very useful reference book for the study of entomological literature compiled by authors who are listed alphabetically, now very scarce, Leipzig, Wilhelm Engelmann
Stock No. 913
£250

36. THE AURELIAN, or a NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH MOTHS, and BUTTERFLIES together with the figures of THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS and of t

HARRIS MOSES, THE AURELIAN, or a NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH MOTHS, and BUTTERFLIES together with the figures of THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS and of t, 1840 new edition by J O Westwood, folio, xi + key - 83pp + systematic list and index, text in English, additional hand-coloured engraved title-page, anatomical plate, 44 superbly engraved plates most with dedication inscription and coat-of-arms of patrons, life-like colouring on plates all of which are in a clean and fresh state, half red morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt edges, spine (re-laid and hinges strengthened) with raised bands and elaborate gold stamped decoration on panels, corners showing signs of very minor wear but otherwise in good state, a fine copy, published by Henry G Bohn. This last edition has an extended text by J O Westwood.
Stock No. 916
£6,500.00

37. AN EXPOSITION OF ENGLISH INSECTS with Curious Observations and Remarks Wherein each Insect is Described...

HARRIS MOSES, AN EXPOSITION OF ENGLISH INSECTS with Curious Observations and Remarks Wherein each Insect is Described..., 1782, large quarto, engraved title-page in English, Introduction and Preface, anatomical plate and colour "wheel", viii-166 pages, with Index, parallel text columns in English and French, 50 hand-coloured engraved copper plates showing over 500 figures, all plates in exceptionally clean and fresh condition, bound in full calf, spine rebacked very professionally with raised bands and gilt tooling, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, a fine copy. Printed for the author by J Millan.
Stock No. 1270
£1,650.

38. PRODROMUS LEPIDOPTERORUM BRITANNICORUM, A CONCISE CATALOGUE OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS...

HAWORTH A H, PRODROMUS LEPIDOPTERORUM BRITANNICORUM, A CONCISE CATALOGUE OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS..., 1802 (1951), facsimile edition, foreword, by E W Classey, Preface i-v, Glossary, 40 pp, addenda 5 pp, soft covers.
Stock No. 1250
£25

39. Prof Dr H Rebel

F R BERGE’s SCHMETTERLINGS BUCH, Prof Dr H Rebel, 1910, 114 + 507 pages, large quarto, superbly finely printed colour chromo-lithograph plates, many butterflies or moths on each print with larvae and food-plants, + 1 b/w plate, all in strikingly bright and clean fresh condition, many text illustrations, green cloth spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, paper covered boards, with beautiful printed colour picture on front cover, Stuttgart, E Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.
Stock No. 919
£350

40. A GLOSSARY OF SCIENTIFIC TERMS FOR GENERAL USE

HENRY ALEXANDER, A GLOSSARY OF SCIENTIFIC TERMS FOR GENERAL USE, 1861, 202 pages + 10 of advertisements, cloth binding with cracking to spine, Walton and Maberly
Stock No. 920
£10

41. DIE GROSS-SCHMETTERLINGE EUROPAS

HOFMANN DR E, DIE GROSS-SCHMETTERLINGE EUROPAS, 1887, xi-196pp, large quarto, 72 fine colour chromolitho plates in very fresh state, English text, half morocco binding with marbled boards, an excellent copy. Published in Stuttgart
Stock No. 1187
£275

42. DIE RAUPEN DER GROSS-SCHMETTERLINGE EUROPAS

HOFMANN DR E, DIE RAUPEN DER GROSS-SCHMETTERLINGE EUROPAS, 1893, large quarto, xxiv + 318pp, 50 finely printed chromolitho plates attractively figuring numerous larvae and their food-plants, text in German, a beautiful copy in original green cloth decorated in gilt and black on spine and front cover, Stuttgart
Stock No. 922
£280

43. THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF TENERIFFE

HOLT WHITE A E, THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF TENERIFFE, 1894, xii-108 pages, 4 colour lithograph plates by the author, a good copy in original green cloth with gilt figure of a butterfly on the front cover, some text pages are very slightly browned, plates are fresh, a good copy, L Reeve & Co.
Stock No. 1214
£75

44. SKETCHES OF BRITISH INSECTS

HOUGHTON REV W, SKETCHES OF BRITISH INSECTS, 1877, viii – 169 + 7 pages advertisements, green cloth with gilt and black titling and decoration, gilt edges, 6 beautiful colour plates, Groombridge
Stock No. 1088
£35

45. THE INSECT

MICHELET JULES, THE INSECT, 1875, xii – 368 pages, large octavo, with illustrations for the English edition by Giacomelli, “the poetry of science”, beautiful line engravings in text and on full page plates, an attractive Victorian cloth binding decorated in gilt and black on spine and covers, all edges gilt, slight wear on foot of spine, otherwise a very nice copy, T Nelson & Sons.
Stock No. 915
£75

46. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF ANTS

HUBER M P, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF ANTS, 1820, xlv – 398 pages, 12mo, handcoloured frontispiece with 13 figures of ants and 1 uncoloured engraved plate (foxed), translated from the French with additional notes by J R Johnson, pages untrimmed, in a later cloth binding in good condition, also bound with 12 pages of interesting advertisements of standard works, 1826, by the publishers the Longman, Rees & others
Stock No. 925
£65

47. THE GENERA AND SPECIES OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

HUMPHREYS H N, THE GENERA AND SPECIES OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, nd, (1859), imp 8vo, xii-66 pages plus an extra four pages on collecting and rearing, engraved title-page handcoloured depicting three extreme varieties of the Small Tortoiseshell and Small Copper with lettering in gold but page rather browned, 32 beautifully handcoloured lithographic plates each showing one or more species of butterflies many with pupae and larvae and all on a background of plants, flowers and grasses, original red cloth binding decorated with scrollwork and figures of butterflies on the front covers, new end-papers, plates and colouring clean and fresh, Paul Jerrard. The bright and clear colouring on the plates is unusual in that the colouring on the normal standard edition tends to be limited to the images of insects and plants. This copy has more intense colouring and with a background sky and ground filled in. It is not, however, as garish as the occasionally found presentation edition by the same publisher. With the artistic composition of flowers and plants as a background to the butterflies these illustrations represent a beautiful example of Victorian book production
Stock No. 928
£650

48. THE GENERA AND SPECIES OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

HUMPHREYS H N, THE GENERA AND SPECIES OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, nd, (1859), another edition of the above item published by T J Altman, this is the standard edition with less extensive colouring of the 32 plates of the previous item.
Stock No. 929
£260

49. THE GENERA OF BRITISH MOTHS

HUMPHREYS H N, THE GENERA OF BRITISH MOTHS, nd (1860), vi-206 pages, imp 8vo, 62 hand-coloured plates, gilt edges, cloth binding with gilt embossed figures on cover and spine which has been discreetly rebacked, gilt edges, T J Allman.
Stock No. 930
£250

50. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

HUMPHREYS H N & J O WESTWOOD, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1841, lst edition, quarto, 140pp, 42 finely hand-coloured plates and decorative engraved title-page, all in very clean and fresh condition, each plate artistically depicts several species of butterfly with flowers and food-plants together with larvae and pupae, contemporary half calf with red cloth covers and all edged gilt (slightly faded and very minor wear) a very good copy of this classic Victorian book which is much sought after for the beautiful illustrations and informative text, William Smith
Stock No. 931
£750

51. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

HUMPHREYS H N & J O WESTWOOD, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1849, 2nd edition, quarto, 140 pages, 42 finely hand-coloured plates and title page, some foxing and staining on the engraved title-page and a few of the earlier plates, a good copy with excellent colouring easily comparable in quality to the first edition, full intricately decorated red morocco binding with gilt titling on front cover, spine decorated and raised bands showing some signs of wear on edges, all page edges gilt. W Smith
Stock No. 932
£600

52. BRITISH MOTHS AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

HUMPHREYS H N & J O WESTWOOD, BRITISH MOTHS AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1843 and 1845, 2 vols, first editions, xiv-258 and xix-268 pages, 124 hand-coloured plates in nice clean and fresh condition, each plate artistically depicts several species of moth with flowers and food-plants together with larvae and pupae, bound in dark green morocco with cloth boards, spines with raised bands and gilt deoration, minor wear on corners and hinges, all pages gilded, a very good pair, William Smith
Stock No. 1186
£600

53. BRITISH MOTHS AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

HUMPHREYS H N & J O WESTWOOD, BRITISH MOTHS AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1860/57, 2 vols, second edition, 124 hand-coloured plates in nice clean condition, original decorated red cloth binding with spines re-backed and relayed, showing a little wear but generally a good set.
Stock No. 933
£600

54. BEETLES, BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS AND OTHER INSECTS

KAPPELL & KIRBY W E, BEETLES, BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS AND OTHER INSECTS, 1892, 182 pages and 16 pages of advertisements, 12 colour plates, a very good copy in red cloth binding, Cassell & Co.
Stock No. 1314
£30

55. BRITISH AND EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

KAPPEL A W & W E KIRBY, BRITISH AND EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, (1895), xvi-273pp, 30 chromolithographic plates, text illustrations, original red cloth binding, spine and front cover decorated with gilt and black embossed lettering, floral design and butterfly figure, cloth binding in good condition but minor signs of wear, E Nister, London and E P Dutton, New York.
Stock No. 1315
£120

56. AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects

KIRBY W & W SPENCE, AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects, 1818, 4 volumes, 2 edn, handcoloured plates, portrait frontispieces, bound in full brown calf sound but with some wear and scuffing, from the Guild Hall Library of London with fine engraved bookplates and armorial stamps on some pages and edge of plates, published by Longman & Rees & ors
Stock No. 938
£150.

57. EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS....., based on Berge’s Schmetterlingsbuch

KIRBY W F, EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS....., based on Berge’s Schmetterlingsbuch, 1889, 2nd edition, 472pp, with 61 coloured lithographic plates each showing a good number of butterflies and moths often with pupae and larvae on artistic background of nectar and food plants. Brown cloth binding decorated in gilt and black with figures of butterflies and moths on front cover and spine, end-papers decorated with floral design, gilt edges, the plates are clean and fresh, very slight wear on corners and binding could be slightly tighter with weakening hinges but otherwise an excellent copy, Cassell, Petter & Galpin.
Stock No. 1184
£550

58. THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF EUROPE

KIRBY W F, THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF EUROPE, 1903, 432pp, quarto, 54 finely printed colour litho plates, original blue cloth binding, front cover and spine with pretty coloured figures of butterflies and moths amongst foliage, gilt edges, a fine copy in original publisher’s blue cloth binding, front cover and spine decorated with figures of butterflies, Cassell & Co. (Breaker/rebinding copy available on application)
Stock No. 943
£350

59. FAMILIAR BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

KIRBY W F,, FAMILIAR BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1901, small quarto, v-144, pages + 8 pages of advertisements, 18 chromolitho plates each showing a number of different butterflies or moths, red cloth binding decorated with colour figures on front cover in a particularly fresh state,Cassell & Co
Stock No. 1304
£65

60. A HANDBOOK TO THE ORDER LEPIDOPTERA

KIRBY W F, A HANDBOOK TO THE ORDER LEPIDOPTERA, 1896-7, odd or incomplete volumes of the five volume set available each with 25-30 plates, please enquire
Stock No. 1305
£20 each

61. AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects,

KIRBY W F & W SPENCE, AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects,, 1815-1817, 2 vols of 6, 1st edition, xiv-512 appendix 30 pages and 3 handcoloured plates (vol 1), 529 pages and 2 plates (vol 2), both bound in full green calf with raised bands and gilt decoration on spines, Longmans.
Stock No. 1375
£75.

62. AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects

KIRBY W & W SPENCE, AN INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY or… Elements of the Natural History of Insects, 1857, 7th edition, sm 4to, xxviii-607 pages, green cloth, good condition, Longman, Brown, Green et ors.
Stock No. 945
£40

63. YOUNG COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

KNAGGS H G, YOUNG COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1901, 3rd edition, 126 pages, illustrations in text, printed card covers (front detached), Gurney & Jackson
Stock No. 946
£15

64. YOUNG COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

KNAGGS H G, YOUNG COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1901, 3rd edition revised and enlarged, 126 pages, illustrations in text, printed card covers, Gurney & Jackson
Stock No. 1271
£22

65. A TREATISE ON INSECTS INJUROUS TO GARDENERS, FORESTERS AND FARMERS

KOLLAR V, A TREATISE ON INSECTS INJUROUS TO GARDENERS, FORESTERS AND FARMERS, 1840, translated from the German by J & M Loudon with notes by J O Westwood, small 8vo, xvi - 377pp, text engravings, cloth, W Smith
Stock No. 947
£30.

66. NAAUWKEURIGE WAARNEEMINGEN OMTRENT DE VERANDERINGEN VAN VEELE INSEKTEN OF GEKORVENE DIERTJES

L’ADMIRAL JACOB, NAAUWKEURIGE WAARNEEMINGEN OMTRENT DE VERANDERINGEN VAN VEELE INSEKTEN OF GEKORVENE DIERTJES, 1774, folio, 2 pp foreword, 34 pp, 2pp index, engraved title-page with coloured cartouche, 33 highly artistic and finely hand-coloured copperplate engravings depicting butterflies, moths and other insects with flowers, fruits and plants, bound in modern quarter mottled calf with new end-papers, edges of title-page and foreword strengthened, plates in good clean state, published in Amsterdam. The style of the artist’s composition is not dissimilar to the plates of Moses Harris’s Aurelian.
Stock No. 948
£3,750

67. DIE GROSSSCHMETERLINGE UND RAUPEN MITTELEUROPEAS

LAMPERT DR K, DIE GROSSSCHMETERLINGE UND RAUPEN MITTELEUROPEAS, 1907, xx – 308 pages, cr octavo, 95 colour plates and others in black and white, original maroon cloth with decorative butterfly figure on the front cover, in very good condition, J F Schreiber
Stock No. 949
£85

68. RHOPALOCERA EUROPAE, THE BUTTERFLIES OF EUROPE DESCRIBED AND FIGURED

LANG H C, RHOPALOCERA EUROPAE, THE BUTTERFLIES OF EUROPE DESCRIBED AND FIGURED, 1884, 2 vols., pages 396 and 82 finely printed and coloured lithograph plates illustrating over 800 figures of butterflies, and their caterpillars, contemporary green cloth binding, plates in good fresh condition with tissue guards, an excellent set, L Reeve & Co.
Stock No. 950
£350

69. BRITISH PYRALIDES INCLUDING THE PTEROPHORIDAE

LEECH J H, BRITISH PYRALIDES INCLUDING THE PTEROPHORIDAE, 1886, viii – 122 pages, 18 engraved plates each with a dozen or more figures, red cloth, R H Porter
Stock No. 951
£30

70. THE INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, WITH THE NATURAL HISTORY OF EACH SPECIES

LEWIN WILLIAM, THE INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, WITH THE NATURAL HISTORY OF EACH SPECIES, 1795, 1st issue, quarto, text in English and French, Volume 1 (only one published) relating only to British butterflies, 100pp including two title pages and half title page, 46 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, many showing more than one species and some with larvae and pupae, good colouring, full calf gilt decorated binding, rebacked spine with raised bands, marbled endpapers, printed for J Johnson. (Lisney 410). All the species known at the time are described and illustrated, several for the first time. The engraving is accurate and lifelike thus setting a new standard for future works and easy identification of species
Stock No. 952
£2500

71. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA - 1608 TO 1799

LISNEY A A, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA - 1608 TO 1799, published 1960, 315 pages, 8vo, many illustrations, this is an essential reference work for collectors and students of early butterfly and moth books, mint, Chiswick Press.
Stock No. 954
£95.

72. THE BOOK OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

LUCAS W J, THE BOOK OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1893, 247 pages and 20 advertisements, numerous text illustrations, green cloth binding with gilt and black decoration on spine and front cover, some wear, inscription on title-page, L Upcott Gill
Stock No. 956
£28

73. The English Entomologist exhibiting all the COLEOPTEROUS INSECTS, Found in England….according to the LINNEAN SYSTEM

MARTYN THOMAS, The English Entomologist exhibiting all the COLEOPTEROUS INSECTS, Found in England….according to the LINNEAN SYSTEM, 1792, first edition, small folio, 34 pages, engraved title-page (with small stamp), general table 4 pages, 2 plates of coins, 42 finely handcoloured stipple engraved plates of beetles with many specimens on each with tissue guards in extremely fresh condition, full calf binding with rebacked spine, institution crest on front cover, corners of covers worn, marbled end papers and gilt edges, an excellent copy, published by the Author.
Stock No. 957
£1,200

74. BUTTERFLIES, BEETLES AND OTHER INSECTS, The Leningrad Book of Notes and Studies

MERIAN MARIA SIBYLLA, BUTTERFLIES, BEETLES AND OTHER INSECTS, The Leningrad Book of Notes and Studies, published 1976, number 97 of a limited edition of 1750 copies offered for sale, authentification certificate, notes on plates, 120 plates printed in colour, tissue guards each printed with key table and numbered, all contained in cloth-bound box with marbled boards, together with text volume consisting of Foreword, History, Significance of the Work Biographically and in the History of Merian’s Work with text in English, French, German and Russian, facsimile of the ‘Notes’ with modern German printed text, indices, bibliography, identification of insects, bound in simulated half-calf with marbled boards all contained in slipcase for text volume and plate box, an important facsimile work of the famous collection of original watercolour paintings housed in the St Petersburgh Museum, over 1,550 specimens are depicted of moths, butterflies, flies, beetles and other insects mostly with some or all early life stages, this facsimile is an opportunity to examine the work of Maria Merian. McGovern-Hill International Book Co.
Stock No. 959
£375.

75. PINAX RERUM NATURALIUM BRITANNICARUM, CONTINENS VEGETABILIA, ANIMALIA ET FOSSILIA in hac Insula reperta inchoatus

MERRETT CHRISTOPHER, PINAX RERUM NATURALIUM BRITANNICARUM, CONTINENS VEGETABILIA, ANIMALIA ET FOSSILIA in hac Insula reperta inchoatus, 1667, 12vo, the first issue of the 2nd edition, dedication, preface, 223pp, references, text in Latin, original full calf binding, raised bands and gilt decorated panels on spine, small chip missing from head of spine and no front end-paper, (Lisney 43) T Roycroft. The Pinax is an important work as it was the first list of the flora and fauna of Britain. The section on butterflies and moths contains brief sentences to describe each species but these are often vague and, even with reference back to Moffett’s work, identification cannot always be certain
Stock No. 960
£850

76. THE LEPIDOPTERIST’S CALENDAR

MERRIN J, THE LEPIDOPTERIST’S CALENDAR, 1875, 2nd edition, 12mo, viii-250 pages + several pages of advertisements, illustrated with line drawings and diagrams, cloth binding, green cloth, good firm copy, H Marsden
Stock No. 961
£65

77. A HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA

MEYRICK EDWARD, A HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, 1895, 844 pages + 4 pages of advertisements, some line drawings of wing venations, cloth bound, MacMillan & Co
Stock No. 963
£40

78. A REVISED HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA

MEYRICK EDWARD, A REVISED HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, 1927, 914 pages, some line drawings of wing venations, cloth bound, Watkins & Doncaster
Stock No. 1181
£30

79. A REVISED HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA

MEYRICK EDWARD, A REVISED HANDBOOK OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, 1927, 914 pages, some line drawings of wing venations, cloth bound, reprint by E W Classey Ltd
Stock No. 1273
£25

80. THE INSECT,

MICHELT J, THE INSECT,, 1875, with illustrations many full page by Giacomelli, xii-368, green cloth binding decorated on front cover and spine with black and gilt figures and leaf patterns, all edges gilded, T Nelson & Sons.
Stock No. 1296
£65.

81. INSECTORUM SIVE MINIMORUM ANIMALIUM THEATRUM, olim Edoardo Wootono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum...,

MOFFET THOMAS, INSECTORUM SIVE MINIMORUM ANIMALIUM THEATRUM, olim Edoardo Wootono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum..., , 1634, first edition, small folio, 20 pages + 316 (paginated 326) and 4 pages of woodcuts, title within double lines surrounding a woodcut of bees and a large beehive, text in Latin, profusely illustrated with woodcuts throughout text including butterflies, moths, bees, dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers and many others, old sheep full leather rather worn, hinges weakened, Thomas Coates, London (Lisney 4), This is the first book dealing almost exclusively with entomology to be published in England. Moffet, a Londoner born in 1553, studied medicine at Cambridge and compiled the Theatrum Insectorum from works by Gesner, Wootton and Penny but also added his own observations. After his death in 1604 the manuscript was held by his family until the book was eventually published by Sir Theodore Mayenne in 1634. An English edition was published in 1658.
Stock No. 964
£3,000.

82. MOFFETT’S INSECTORUM SIVE MINIMORUM ANIMALIUM THEATRUM

MOFFETT THOMAS - THOMSON GEORGE, MOFFETT’S INSECTORUM SIVE MINIMORUM ANIMALIUM THEATRUM, The Butterflies and Moths, A limited edition of 500 copies, published in 2000, 210 x 300 cms, 2 title-pages, tipped in colour reproduction of original watercolour by John White, 66pages, many illustrations in the text, cloth bound with dustjacket, George Thomson. This book deals with the butterfly and moth section of Thomas Moufet’s great work Insectorum Theatrum, 1634, the first book about insects published in England. It contains a facsimile of the original Latin version and a translation with identifications of the species wherever possible. These are preceded by a commentary about the manuscript and book, Moufet, the other contributors and the illustrations. There is also a bibliography and brief section on “The earliest surviving specimen of a butterfly?”
Stock No. 965
£80.

83. HARVESTING ANTS AND TRAP-DOOR SPIDERS,

MOGGRIDGE J T, HARVESTING ANTS AND TRAP-DOOR SPIDERS,, 1873,xi-156, parts I & II, 12 litho plates some coloured, blue cloth spine cracked, L Reeve & Co.
Stock No. 1313
£55.

84. A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

MORRIS REV F O, A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1853, 1st edition, 168 pages + supplement Aporismata Entomologica 29pp, 71 handcoloured plates, two additional plates showing several types of old butterfly nets and other collecting equipment, bound in half calf with marbled boards and endpapers, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, showing a some wear, minor foxing at end, and, as few pages slightly loose, otherwise a good copy, Groombridge & Son.
Stock No. 1178
£325

85. A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

MORRIS REV F O, A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1865, 3rd edition, 168 pages + supplement Aporismata Entomologica 29pp, 71 handcoloured plates, two additional plates showing several types of old butterfly nets and other collecting equipment, very nicely rebound in quarter cloth with papercoverd boards and new endpapers, very good colouring on plates, a very good copy, Groombridge & Son. Morris’s Butterflies was produced in large numbers during the second half of the 19th century running to 9 editions, the last of which was issued in 1904. There can be little doubt that this book stimulated a much wider interest in butterflies and could be readily used as an identification guide for the Victorian naturalists. The quality of the plates in this edition are easily comparable to those in the first edition. See illustrations of previous item above.
Stock No. 1179
£260.

86. A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

MORRIS REV F O, A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1876, 4th edition, 159 pages + supplement Aporismata Entomologica 29pp, 72 handcoloured plates, two additional plates showing several types of old butterfly nets and other collecting equipment, beautifully rebound in full calf with new endpapers, spine with raised bands and titling on red leather labels, very good colouring on plates which are in clean fresh state, a very good copy, publisher Geo. Bell & Son.
Stock No. 967
£250.

87. A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

MORRIS REV F O, A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, 1891, 6th edn, 8vo, viii- 184 pages, 72 colour plates and 2 plain, finely rebound in modern quarter morocco with raised bands, marbled boards and new endpapers, well coloured plates exceptionally clean and fresh, J C Nimmo
Stock No. 969
£220

88. A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTHS

MORRIS REV F O, A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOTHS, 1903, 6th edition, 4 vols., 132 hand-coloured plates, quarto, contemporary green cloth binding in good condition (except for small tear on one spine), plates very clean, pages uncut and untrimmed, excellent set, J C Nimmo.
Stock No. 972
£270

89. AN ILLUSTRATED NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

NEWMAN EDWARD, AN ILLUSTRATED NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, edn (c.1874), 2 vols bound in 1, xvi-176, viii-486, text illustrations, bound in decorated cloth, Hardwicke.
Stock No. 1177
£45

90. A FAMILIAR INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF INSECTS;…THE GRAMMAR OF ENTOMOLOGY

NEWMAN EDWARD, A FAMILIAR INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF INSECTS;…THE GRAMMAR OF ENTOMOLOGY, 1841, xiv – 288 pages + 4 pages of advertisements, with text illustrations, nice recent cloth binding, a good copy, Jan Van Voorst
Stock No. 975
£60

91. ACCENTUATED LIST OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA (with hints on the derivation of names)

OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY, ACCENTUATED LIST OF BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA (with hints on the derivation of names), 1858, 118 pages, includes a list of authors and nomenclators and translations of the scientific names into English. Oxford & Cambs Ent. Socs
Stock No. 976
£20

92. DIE SCHMETTERLINGE DEUTSCHLANDS UND DER ANGRENZENDEN LANDER

RAMAN GUSTAV, DIE SCHMETTERLINGE DEUTSCHLANDS UND DER ANGRENZENDEN LANDER, Not dated c1877, small folio, 112 pages with text in German, 16 superbly printed colour plates depicting the European butterflies, foxing on plate tissue guards with occasional very light offsetting onto plates, cloth binding with spine defective, Ernst Schotte.
Stock No. 978
£190

93. A CONSPECTUS OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS found in Britain

RENNIE J, A CONSPECTUS OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS found in Britain, 1832, 12mo, xxxviii-287 pages. illustrated title page, some pencil annotations, contemporary binding in plain cloth, spine slightly damaged, otherwise a very good copy, W Orr
Stock No. 980
£55

94. ALPHABET OF INSECTS for the Use of Beginners

RENNIE JAMES, ALPHABET OF INSECTS for the Use of Beginners, 1832, 10 x 15 cms, 108 pages, illustrated title-page and a few text figures, boards nicely rebacked otherwise good condition, scarce, William Orr
Stock No. 1108
£70

95. INSECT ARCHITECTURE with INSECT TRANSFORMATIONS and INSECT MISCELLANIES

RENNIE J, INSECT ARCHITECTURE with INSECT TRANSFORMATIONS and INSECT MISCELLANIES, respectively: 1830 420 pages, 1831 420 pages and 1830 414 pages, 3 vols, 12mo, illustrations in text, bound in half calf with paper covered boards, Library of Entertaining Knowledge, Knight & Co,
Stock No. 981
£60

96. VERVOLG OP DE NATUURLYKE HISTORIE DER INSECTEN

ROSEL VAN AUGUST JOHAN, (C F C KLEEMANN) , VERVOLG OP DE NATUURLYKE HISTORIE DER INSECTEN, (1777), 4to, 190 pages of text on original uncut sheets, (this copy does not have the additional title-page which was issued at a later date in 1782), 26 very finely hand-coloured plates each with several figures all clean and fresh, unbound in boards probably as issued with new tapes, this is the exceptionally rare supplement to Rosel’s great work, Amsterdam.
Stock No. 982
£1,250

97. THE AURELIAN LEGACY - BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR COLLECTORS

SALMON Dr M A, THE AURELIAN LEGACY - BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR COLLECTORS, 2000, with additional material by Peter Marren and Basil Harley, foreword by Dame Miriam Rothschild, 272 pages, superb colour plates and many black and white illustrations, clothbound and dustjacket, Harley Books. This engaging book charts the history of butterfly collecting in Britain since the 17th century. Although collecting is now an emotive subject it is impossible to separate the history of butterflies from that of their collectors. It provides a brief biography, with a portrait where available, of one hundred early lepidopterists together with quotations and anecdotes of their exploits. Chapters include the history of collecting, an illustrated description of equipment, important histories of 35 species of special interest, and collecting and conservation. In a very original presentation this is a fascinating glimpse into the past of a hitherto unresearched but ancient pursuit and makes compelling reading. New
Stock No. 983
£30

98. THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S USEFUL COMPENDIUM or an Introduction to the Knowledge of British Insects

SAMOUELLE GEORGE, THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S USEFUL COMPENDIUM or an Introduction to the Knowledge of British Insects, 1819, 496 pages, 8vo, special edition with 2 sets of the 12 plates one plain and the other finely hand-coloured, modern half calf with raised bands and marbled boards, an excellent copy, Thomas Boys. Intended as a cheap textbook for insect collectors, the Compendium offered advice on collecting and preserving insects, “the Genera of Linneas”, an entomological glossary, a calendar of the appearance and habitats of over 5,000 insects
Stock No. 984
£175

99. THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S USEFUL COMPENDIUM or an Introduction to the Knowledge of British Insects

SAMOUELLE GEORGE, THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S USEFUL COMPENDIUM or an Introduction to the Knowledge of British Insects, 1824, 496 pages, 8vo, 12 plates uncoloured, quarter paper covered boards, some minor foxing, Thomas Boys.
Stock No. 1215
£75

100. THE SEYMER LEGACY

SEYMER HENRY & SEYMER HENRY JNR, VANE WRIGHT R & HUGHES H, THE SEYMER LEGACY, 2005, 330 pages, 280 x 325 mm, 72 colour plates of remarkable 18th century fine original watercolour paintings of exotic butterflies and moths, together with many other colour illustrations and half-tones and drawings. The collection resided with the descendants of the Seymers, father and son, until recently and thus remained unseen and unstudied. Henry Seymer senior (1714-1785) was clearly the main driving force, later joined by his son, also Henry, between 1772 and father’s death, at which point work apparently stopped. The important feature of these paintings is that they derived from specimens acquired by the Seymers – they were prime representations taken from life. They come from a wide variety of locations, stretching for example from Jamaica to Newfoundland, and present significant new information about the knowledge of world lepidoptera. Access to this collection through purchase has allowed a thorough examination of all the species shown in the paintings, and of the accompanying original legends written by the Seymers. As well as generating new information this has pointed up some remaining mysteries. The paintings themselves are beautiful, on a par with contemporary artists such as Moses Harris, and very well executed; each one illustrating multiple species set against imaginative botanical backgrounds, with an approach to graphic design ahead of its time. In addition to the full-colour reproductions of the 72 paintings, are the results of detailed entomological study of their content, a painstaking review of information collected about the Seymers and how they obtained their specimens, and consideration of the implications thrown up by this important collection. Standard edition bound in green buckram with laminated dustjacket. Now out of print with very few copies issued.
Stock No. 985
£350

101. GENERAL ZOOLOGY, OR SYSTEMATIC NATURAL HISTORY, INSECTA

SHAW GEORGE, GENERAL ZOOLOGY, OR SYSTEMATIC NATURAL HISTORY, INSECTA, 1806, 2 volumes being parts 1 & 2 of volume 6 of the series, the complete section on insects, 8vo, xiii-239 and x-240/509 pages, 141 copperplate engravings, rebound in brown cloth with new end-papers, G Kearsley
Stock No. 986
£180

102. CATALOGUE OF THE BRITISH BEES IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM,

SMITH F, CATALOGUE OF THE BRITISH BEES IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM,, 1891, New Issue, xi-236 pages, 10 plain plates, published by the Trustees.
Stock No. 1312
£30.

103. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE TINEINA,

STAINTON H T, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE TINEINA, , 1855-1873, 52 plates with text only, octavo, disbound plates in clean fresh condition, octavo, text in English, Published J.Van Voorst.
Stock No. 1065
£200

104. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF OUR NATIVE LEPIDOPTERA

STAINTON H T, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF OUR NATIVE LEPIDOPTERA, 1897, first edition, xii-292 pages, 16 hand-coloured plates of butterflies and moths, red cloth slightly faded with gilt-stamped figure of a Red Admiral on the front cover, Reeve & Co (please note the illustrations show a first edtion copy which has been sold but 2nd edition is very similar with revisions)
Stock No. 1089
£45.

105. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF OUR NATIVE LEPIDOPTERA

STAINTON H T, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF OUR NATIVE LEPIDOPTERA, no date, second edition (1st edition 1867), xii-292 pages, 16 hand-coloured plates of butterflies and moths, red cloth slightly faded with gilt-stamped figure of a Red Admiral on the front cover, Lovell, Reeve & Co
Stock No. 989
£40

106. A MANUAL OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

STAINTON H T, A MANUAL OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1857/9, 2 vols, xiii - 338 & xi - 480 pages, text engravings, bound in modern half leather with new spines, marbled endpapers, apart from some slight foxing, a nice set, J V Voorst
Stock No. 990
£110

107. A MANUAL OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

STAINTON H T, A MANUAL OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS, 1857, VOL 1 only xiii - 338 pages, text engravings, original cloth, good, J V Voorst
Stock No. 1362
£20

108. BRITISH INSECTS,

STAVELY E F, BRITISH INSECTS,, (1870), xvi – 392 pages, 10 handcoloured engraved plates, a very good copy in blue cloth binding with gilt embossed classical figure surrounded by an oval frame and insects, L Reeve & Co
Stock No. 993
£35

109. LEPIDOPTERA - PART V., LIST OF THE SPECIMENS OF BRITISH ANIMALS IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

STEPHENS J F, LEPIDOPTERA - PART V., LIST OF THE SPECIMENS OF BRITISH ANIMALS IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, 1856, 2nd edition, 224 pages, blue paper covers, excellent condition, Trustees of British Museum.
Stock No. 1252
£35

110. ON THE HISTORY AND NATURAL ARRANGEMENT OF INSECTS

SWAINSON W, ON THE HISTORY AND NATURAL ARRANGEMENT OF INSECTS, 1849, sm 8vo, engraved title-page (a little soiled), 406 pages, cloth binding, front hinge weak, Longmans
Stock No. 994
£15.

111. NOTES ON COLLECTING AND PRESERVING NATURAL HISTORY OBJECTS

TAYLOR J E, NOTES ON COLLECTING AND PRESERVING NATURAL HISTORY OBJECTS, 1896, viii – 216 pages, illustrations in text, over 50 pages on entomology, an extremely nice copy in cloth binding with gilt and black lettering and decoration, Gibbins & Co
Stock No. 996
£30

112. HISTORY OF FOUR-FOOTED BEASTS AND SERPENTS AND INSECTS, BY EDWARD TOPSELL

TOPSELL EDWARD, HISTORY OF FOUR-FOOTED BEASTS AND SERPENTS AND INSECTS, BY EDWARD TOPSELL, 1967, with New Introduction by Willy Ley, from the original published in 1658, reproduced from the English edition copy in the Library of the American Museum of Natural History, in three volumes, Vol.1 The History of Four Footed Beasts, with 16 pages containing Introduction and Contents and 586 pages of text with illustrations, Vol.2 The History of Serpents, 232 pages + prelims and index, Vol.3 The Theater of Insects by T Muffett, 242 pages + prelims and index, all three volumes bound in matching quarter light brown leatherette and red papered boards in mint condition, published by the Da Capo Press.
Stock No. 999
£570

113. HISTORY OF FOUR-FOOTED BEASTS AND SERPENTS AND INSECTS, BY EDWARD TOPSELL

TOPSELL EDWARD, HISTORY OF FOUR-FOOTED BEASTS AND SERPENTS AND INSECTS, BY EDWARD TOPSELL, 1967, from the original published in 1658, reproduced from the English edition copy in the Library of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol.2 only The History of Serpents, 232 pages + prelims and index, many illustrations in text, bound in quarter light brown leatherette and red papered boards in mint condition, published by the Da Capo Press.
Stock No. 1408
£85.

114. BRITISH MOTHS,

TUTT J W,, BRITISH MOTHS,, 1896, xii-368 pages, 12 colour plates and many woodcuts in text,a nice copy in dark green cloth with gilt lettering and figure of a moth on the front cover, decorative endpapers, G Routledge & Son
Stock No. 1294
£55.

115. WOODSIDE, BURNSIDE HILLSIDE AND MARSH,

TUTT J W,, WOODSIDE, BURNSIDE HILLSIDE AND MARSH,, 1896, 241 pages, in this work and the following two items Tutt deviates from his detailed and often turgid scientific works to light recollections and anecdotes of days in the countryside observing butterflies and moths more in the style of P B M Allan, a nice copy in red cloth but with a few pages slightly browning, with a number of illustrations, Swan Sonnenschien.
Stock No. 1295
£35.

116. RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS OF WOODLAND, FEN AND HILL

TUTT J W, RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS OF WOODLAND, FEN AND HILL, (1893) FIRST EDITION, 183 with 3 pages of advertisements, contemporary red cloth covers in very nice condition, an account of trips to watch butterflies in the countryside of a byegone age, Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Stock No. 1254
£35.

117. RAMBLES IN ALPINE VALLEYS

TUTT J W, RAMBLES IN ALPINE VALLEYS, 1895, i-vii, 208 pages and advetisements, several full page photo views, a gently entertaining account of butterfly watching in the Alps, Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Stock No. 1255
£35

118. A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, A TEXTBOOK FOR STUDENTS AND BEGINNERS

TUTT J W, A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, A TEXTBOOK FOR STUDENTS AND BEGINNERS, 1899, 5 VOLUMES, vol I 1899, preface 560 pages; vol II, 1900, viii-584 pages, plates; vol III 1902, xi-558 pages; vol IV 1904, xvii-535 pages frontispiece plate portrait of the J W Tutt: and vol V 1906, xiii-558 pages, all volumes with several pages of advertisements at end, in original red cloth binding - spines faded but in good firm condition, published by Swan Sonnenschein. This is the complete published set of Tutts work about British moths, two further volumes (6 & 7) were planned but did not appear. Volumes 8-11 relate to butterflies.
Stock No. 1058
£400

119. PRACTICAL HINTS FOR THE LEPIDOPTERIST,

TUTT J W, PRACTICAL HINTS FOR THE LEPIDOPTERIST,, 1908, 1902 and 1905 issues, 144, 106 and 166 pages, each page interleaved with blank sheet for notes, 3 vols bound in 1, half calf with marbled boards, published by Eliott Stock.
Stock No. 1216
£55

120. THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES

TUTT J W, THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES, 1891, 4 vols, each with lithographic illustrated title-page, several extra pages with advertisements, original cloth bindings, good set, Swan, Sonnenschein, Archer & Co.
Stock No. 1000
£85

121. THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES

TUTT J W, THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES, 1891, 4 vols, each with lithographic illustrated title-page, bound in 2 volumes half morocco with marbled boards, good set, Swan, Sonnenschein, Archer & Co.
Stock No. 1218
£65

122. THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES

TUTT J W, THE BRITISH NOCTUAE AND THEIR VARIETIES, 1891, vols 1, 2 & 4 sold separately
Stock No. 1175
£12 each

123. BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, being a popular Handbook for Young Students and Collectors

TUTT J W, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, being a popular Handbook for Young Students and Collectors, 1896, 469 pages, 9 monotone plates, sm 8vo, with some text drawings and engravings, original publisher’s cloth binding with gilt decoration on spine and front cover, all edges gilt published by George Gill & Sons. A rare book with detailed descriptions of the four life-stages, locations and habitats of the British species. Clearly a forerunner to South’s Wayside & Woodland Butterflies but without the colour illustrations which made the latter so appealing and useful.
Stock No. 1001
£135.

124. LETTERS ON ENTOMOLOGY intended for the Amusement and Instruction of YOUNG PERSONS

(WAKEFIELD PRISCILLA), LETTERS ON ENTOMOLOGY intended for the Amusement and Instruction of YOUNG PERSONS, 1825, 160 pages, small octavo, handcoloured frontispiece and 2 plates, slight foxing on some pages, cloth with printed label on spine, a very rare children’s book, G B Whittaker
Stock No. 1002
£55.

125. CHARACTERS OF UNDESCRIBED LEPIDOPTERA HETEROCERA

WALKER F, CHARACTERS OF UNDESCRIBED LEPIDOPTERA HETEROCERA, 1869, 112 pages, A5, in original blue paper wrapper, E W Janson
Stock No. 1003
£10

126. THE BUTTERFLIES OF GREAT BRITAIN WITH THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

WESTWOOD J O, THE BUTTERFLIES OF GREAT BRITAIN WITH THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1854?, xl-140 pages, 19 handcoloured + 2 plain plates, original green cloth binding, front cover decorated, nice colouring, binding slightly loose, G Routledge. An abridged version of British Butterflies and Their Transformations. There were several printings of this book up to 1887.
Stock No. 1005
£160

127. THE BUTTERFLIES OF GREAT BRITAIN WITH THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS

WESTWOOD J O, THE BUTTERFLIES OF GREAT BRITAIN WITH THEIR TRANSFORMATIONS, 1887, xl-140 pages, 19 handcoloured + 2 plain plates, original brown cloth binding front cover, contents good with above average colouring on plates, W S Orr & Co.
Stock No. 1275
£140

128. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MODERN CLASSIFICATION OF INSECTS

WESTWOOD J O , AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MODERN CLASSIFICATION OF INSECTS, 1839/1840, 2 volumes, octavo, xii-462 and xi-587 pages, handcoloured frontispiece plate in vol 1. bound with vol 2 is SYNOPSIS OF THE GENERA OF BRITISH INSECTS and Addenda, 156 pages, both vols very professionally rebound in cloth with new endpapers, one back cover slightly faded, published by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans.
Stock No. 1212
£65.

129. THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S TEXT BOOK

WESTWOOD J O, THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S TEXT BOOK, 1838, 12mo, x-432 pages, 5 hand-coloured plates including frontispiece, text figures, original cloth with gilt decorated spine showing some wear, W S Orr & Co
Stock No. 1007
£65

130. THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S TEXT BOOK

WESTWOOD J O, THE ENTOMOLOGIST’S TEXT BOOK, 1838, 12mo, x-432 pages, 5 handcoloured engraved plates including frontispiece, text figures, original green cloth with gilt decorated spine, hinges strengthened, with some foxing, W S Orr & Co
Stock No. 1176
£95.

131. THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF TENERIFE

WHITE A E HOLT, THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF TENERIFE, 1894, 108pp, 4 chromolitho plates from drawings by the author, errata slip, contemporary cloth binding, text pages showing signs of slight browning, Inscribed on half title page “Francis Bashleigh Holt White, from his mother, A E Holt White, Xmas /98”. L Reeve & Co
Stock No. 1009
£70.

132. TWELVE NEW DESIGNS OF ENGLISH BUTTERFLIES

WILKES BENJAMIN, TWELVE NEW DESIGNS OF ENGLISH BUTTERFLIES, (1742), facsimile edition 1982, consisting of 11 pages, instruction page and 13 copper plate engravings by H Roberts (uncoloured) measuring approximately 30 x 44cm including title-page with dedication to the members of the Aurelian Society and surrounded by a decorative floral border and caterpillars amongst foliage, each plate depicts a different artistic arrangement of numerous butterflies and moths, at the foot there is a key to all the figures although most are easily recognisable, hard covers bound in cloth, with an essay by R S Wilkinson
Stock No. 1010
£35.

133. THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, and their food-plants

WILSON O S, THE LARVAE OF THE BRITISH LEPIDOPTERA, and their food-plants, 1877, sm 4to, 367 pages, 40 colour printed chromolitho plates each showing many caterpillars and their food-plants in life-sized figures drawn and coloured from nature by Eleanor Wilson, in publisher’s original cloth binding, all the plates have been annotated in a small neat handwriting with the names of each species, a good copy, L Reeve, London. The first book to deal solely with the British larvae
Stock No. 1012
£300

134. INSECTS AT HOME… BRITISH INSECTS

WOOD REV J G, INSECTS AT HOME… BRITISH INSECTS, 1883, 8vo, viii-670 pages, coloured frontispiece (loose), many full page and text illustrations, gilt edges, brown cloth with decorative figures on front cover, lacks title-page otherwise a very good copy, Longmans Green & Co
Stock No. 1014
£40

135. INSECTS ABROAD…FOREIGN INSECTS

WOOD REV J G, INSECTS ABROAD…FOREIGN INSECTS, 1883, 8vo, 780 pages, full page and text illustrations, gilt edges, brown cloth matching previous item, gilt figures on front cover, a good firm copy, Longmans, Green & Co.
Stock No. 1015
£75

136. THE FIELD NATURALIST’S HAND BOOK

WOOD REV J G & REV. T WOOD, THE FIELD NATURALIST’S HAND BOOK, 1893, 167 pages, 16 pages of advertisements, Cassell & Co
Stock No. 1016
£25

137. CURIOSITIES OF ENTOMOLOGY

WOOD T W, CURIOSITIES OF ENTOMOLOGY, Not dated 1871, 64 pages, 10 fine coloured chromolithograph plates, beautifully decorated red cloth binding with attractive gilt and black scrollwork on front cover and spine, in exceptionally good condition, Groombridge & Son
Stock No. 1017
£20

138. PRACTICAL LESSONS ON INSECT LIFE

WOOD T, PRACTICAL LESSONS ON INSECT LIFE, 1882, 172 pages, a few text engravings, orange cloth binding with gold and black figures of insects on front cover, spine faded, Joseph Hughes
Stock No. 1018
£10

139. INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS, or a Complete Catalogue of LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN

WOOD W, INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS, or a Complete Catalogue of LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, new revised edition (2nd), 8vo, preface, 298 pages + 2 pages errata and addenda, 59 hand-coloured plates in a clean fresh state, illustrating nearly 2,000 specimens of butterflies and moths in reduced size, half morocco binding with marbled boards, spine with raised bands with marbled boards, a good copy, G Willis. The first edition was published in 1839 followed by four more which included a supplement by J O Westwood and 5 extra plates covering species which had been discovered since the book was originally prepared. The plates each have approximately 36 figures of butterflies or moths which are reduced from life-size. This copy is bound with Catalogue of the British Lepidoptera... according to Mr Stephens, 21 pages.
Stock No. 1173
£400

140. INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS, or a Complete Catalogue of LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN

WOOD W, INDEX ENTOMOLOGICUS, or a Complete Catalogue of LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1854, new revised edition (3rd), 8vo, preface, 21 errata and 298 pages, 59 hand-coloured plates in a clean fresh state, illustrating nearly 2,000 specimens of butterflies and moths in reduced size, half morocco binding with marbled boards, spine with raised bands and insects stamped in gilt on decorated spine panels, a fine copy, G Willis. The first edition was published in 1839 followed by four more which included a supplement by J O Westwood and 5 extra plates covering species which had been discovered since the book was originally prepared. The plates each have approximately 36 figures of butterflies or moths which are reduced from life-size.
Stock No. 1019
£350


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