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The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI by Edward Donovan - 1st Edition - 1792 - from E C Books (SKU: 032725)

The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI

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The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI

by Edward Donovan

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London : Printed for the Author and for F. and C.Rivington, 1792 A good to very good complete set of 16 volumes in 8, with 576 plates of which 568 are hand coloured. In contemporary half morocco leather over what are likely to be the publisher's plain boards. The spines have raised bands, delicate blind-stamped and gilt designs, and gilt titles. The boards have a blind-stamped design to the leather edges. All the bindings are sound and clean, with wear to corners (with leather loss at tips) and edges, and some light marking to the card, particularly where is adjoins the leather. The red leather is slightly darkened on one volume and lighter on two. The contents are largely 1st issue, with a question over Vols I, X and XIII. Donovan issued the contents of I-X in parts between 1792 and 1801 and, viewing the work as complete, issued a new title, advert, and contents pages. He added 6 more volumes between 1806 and 1813. In this set, Vol I has the later title and is probably 2nd issue. Vol X has a title page with the right date, but a slight variation in publisher and printer (this variant is not mentioned in Lisney). Vol XIII has the first issue title to Vol XI with the volume number changed by hand. All volumes have the bookplate of Paul Sokoloff (a noted amateur entomologist) to the front endpaper, and some have an additional armorial plate, with the motto 'sapere aude'. The contents are clean and in very good condition with very bright and well coloured plates. The original page markers are present in most volumes. As with all works issued in parts, paper tone and quality varies with occasional sections having light toning, and some having spotting. This is noticeable in Vol I with spotting in text pp 45-58; IV with some toning and a little spotting; VI where p 75 is spotty; and XI where there is heavy spotting to text pp 23-7, 59-62 and 67-72 - plates 368, 369, 380, 381 and 385 are affected. There are no tissue guards, but there is little offsetting, other than in Vol XIV. There are a couple of small repaired margin tears; a paper flaw at the back of plate 330; a creased title to IX and p 3 in Vol II; a couple of ragged page edges and a dampstain to the front pastedown of Vol IX. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to further assess condition.

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Bookseller
E C Books GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
032725
Title
The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI
Author
Edward Donovan
Illustrator
Edward Donovan
Format/binding
Half-Leather
Book condition
Used - Good
Jacket condition
N
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Printed for the Author and for F. and C.Rivington
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1792
Keywords
entomology; donovan; insects; eighteenth century entomology; british insects
Bookseller catalogs
NATURAL HISTORY; Entomology/Insects;
Size
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
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E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.

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