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British Moths and their Transformations by H N Humphreys and J O Westwood - Hardcover - 2nd Edition - 1849 - from E C Books and

British Moths and their Transformations

by H N Humphreys and J O Westwood

Condition: Good/N

London: Wm S Orr & Co.,, 1849 A good copy of the 2nd Edition in 2 volumes, in contemporary half leather bindings with 124 hand coloured plates by H Noel Humphreys. The bindings are half morocco leather with marbled boards. The spines have raised bands with gilt compartments and gilt titles. All page edges gilt. The bindings are sound, but with a lot of scuffing, particularly to the marbling, and wear - most obvious to the corners. Vol I has an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the initials GTL and a bookplate of Sir Arthur Clay to the fep. There is a small round stamp of Hendon Public Libraries to the title pages of both volumes and both have a library marking to the verso of the title. Both volumes are complete: Vol I: title page; plate list; preface; text with errata and corrigenda, index and alphabetical list 258pp with 56 plates. Vol II: title page; plate list; text with addenda and corrigenda and alphabetical list 268pp with 68 plates. Hendon Libraries have been relatively modest in their stamping: each plate has a small (1 cm) stamp to the back, and there is a round stamp in the bottom margin of every 50th text page and at the end. Contents are generally clean with the odd mark or spot and the plates are in very good condition overall. The odd page corner has been turned over at some point. Vol I has splitting at the front endpaper joint, but the book is currently sound, and the initial pages have slightly crinkled side edges. There are a couple of scuffed areas to the text pp (at 137 and 171) with the loss of a couple of letters. There is a small repaired margin tear at p133. Vol II has a brown ink mark extending from the top page edge into the first text para at p 143.
Multi-volume Set

  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 032513
  • Title: British Moths and their Transformations
  • Author: H N Humphreys and J O Westwood
  • Illustrator: H N Humphreys
  • Format/binding: Half-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wm S Orr & Co.,
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1849
  • Keywords: lepidoptera; victorian natural history; moths; h noel humphreys; j o westwood; entomology
  • Bookseller catalogs: NATURAL HISTORY; Entomology/Insects;
  • Size: 4to - over 9¾ - 12



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Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...[more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
Marbled boards
raised band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books.  The bands are created...[more]
Errata: aka Errata Slip A piece of paper either laid in to the book correcting errors found in the printed text after being...[more]

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