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The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...
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The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...

By W. Lewin [William Lewin]

London : J Johnson, 1795 A very good copy of this scarce title, with 46 superb hand coloured plates. William Lewin (1747-1795) intended this work to be the first volume of 'The Insects of Great Britain' series. However he died in 1795 with only this volume completed. This is the rare first issue which has the series title page and ends 'End of Volume I'. The second issue amends the title to the 'Papilios of Great Britain' making it stand-alone. This copy is a later half vellum binding with blind stamped decoration to the buckram boards. Page edges have light marbling and the endpapers are marbled. The binding is in very good condition. There is corner wear particularly to the bottom corners, which are bumped with leather loss. Contents: title pages in French and English; half title page 'The insects of Great Britain'; text in French and English with 46 hand coloured plates; index 3pp. There are 2 mispaginations: plate 6 with text is placed after plates 7 and 8; and plate 28 with text is placed after plate and text 23. The contents are very clean with bright strong colouring to plates. There is a smear to the paint around one butterfly on plate 9 and the odd light spot or mark elsewhere. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$3780.24

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

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.

$7295.20

British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found.
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British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found.

By John Curtis

London : Printed for the author, 1840 A very good complete set of the 1st edition, in 8 volumes with 770 hand coloured plates by John Curtis. This was Curtis' main publication and his preface to Vol I reflects the difficulties and the choices he made over the 16 years that it was in production. It was issued in parts, so it was not possible to focus on individual genera in sequence and include updates in classification and the new species which were being identified. At the end of the process Curtis made sets available organised by genera, and also issued new title pages and index pages to enable owners to reorganise their purchase if they wished. This set has the new title pages and is divided up into genera with, for example, Volumes I and II covering Coleoptera; Volumes V and VI Lepidoptera. As a consequence, plate numbers are not in sequence. Text pages are unnumbered. Curtis' attention to detail and artistry in the illustrations and their colouring is outstanding. He noted in the preface that the colouring alone cost him over £3,000 (£309,000 today). This copy is in contemporary half leather bindings with gilt lined raised bands, gilt compartments and title/volume labels to spine. Boards are of cobbled cloth. The bindings are clean with bright gilt. There is scuffing and wear to the spine ends, spine joints, edges and corners - this varies in degree across the volumes - Vol V has some splitting at the top half of the front spine joint; and Vol VII has the top surface of the leather missing at the top of the front board. All the volumes are currently sound. Internally all have the armorial bookplate of Edward H Mainwaring Sladen to the front pastedown. Vol I has a piece of paper pasted to the bottom of the title with John Curtis' signature - this may have been cut from a letter. The contents are very clean and in very good to near fine condition. There are some sections where the paper is more toned and there is some offsetting from plates to text where the plate is particularly strongly coloured. Contents: Vol I - title Coleoptera pt I 1823-40 with note 'yr obed & obligd serv J Curtis' to bottom; preface pp 1-8; subscribers' list pp 9-11; contents note and adverts 1p; dedication; 131 plates with text; index 4pp. Pale yellow area to text and back of plates at plate 188 and 287. Vol II: title - Coleoptera pt 2; dedications; 126 plates and text; index 4pp. Small darker area to top gutter at plate 694. Vol III: title - Dermaptera, Dictyoptera, Orthoptera, Strepsiptera, Hymenoptera pt 1; dedication; 87 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol IV: title Hymenoptera pt 2, Neuroptera, Trichoptera; dedications; 70 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol V: title Lepidoptera pt 1; dedications; 93 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol VI: title Lepidoptera pt 2; 100 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol VII: title Homoptera, Hemiptera, Aphoniptera; dedications; 55 plates with text; index 2pp; alphabetical list of insects 6pp; systematic index to complete work pp 7-19; alphabetical list of plants 19-24; systematic list of plants 24-30; index to english names of plants 30-36. Plate 657 has a little spotting. Vol VIII: title Diptera, Omaloptera; dedications; 108 plates with text; index 3pp; errata 1p. Slight light spotting to early text; small light splash in top gutter pl 489 on both sides - not affecting image. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images to further assess condition.

$9550.08

The Natural History of Beetles;  Naturalist's Library,Entomology Vol. II.
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The Natural History of Beetles; Naturalist's Library,Entomology Vol. II.

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine, editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait of John Ray; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; contents listing; publisher's advert; Memoir of Ray; text with numerous illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates; and publisher's catalogue bound at the rear. There is a small insert at the contents page about publications. The binding has been rebacked preserving the original spine and green endpapers. It is therefore sound and tight. The spine is slightly faded and there is a little scuffing to the boards and light corner wear. Internally there is the bookplate of Francis Hemmings, the noted entomologist to the front pastedown endpaper. The endpaper joints have repair. Contents have brown toning to page margins of both text and plates. The plates are well-coloured and have new tissue guards.

$225.49

The Butterflies of Great Britain with their transformations Delineated and Described
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The Butterflies of Great Britain with their transformations Delineated and Described

By J O Westwood

London : George Routledge and Sons, 1887 A very good copy of this classic work in contemporary full leather binding with hand coloured frontispiece decorative title and 19 further hand coloured plates. J O Westwood redrew the plates in 1854 so that the book could be reduced in size and cost. The binding has false raised bands, gilt compartments and title label to the spine, and gilt ruled lines to the board edges, with gilt decoration on the edge. It is very clean but with a lot of wear to the spine joints, particularly to the front where there is some splitting. There is also wear at the top and bottom of the spine with some leather loss. Corners with lighter wear. Page edges and endpapers are marbled and there is blind stamped decoration to the inner board edges. Contents: decorative title, title, directions to binder, preface, introduction, plate description and contents list pp xl with 2 plain plates; text pp 140 with appendix and index and 19 hand coloured plates. There is an inscription to an initial blank. Contents in very good clean and bright condition.

$145.90

The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects
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The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects

By William Holloway

London : J Johnson , 1806 A very good copy of Vol III of this scarce work by William Holloway, in full leather binding with contemporary blind stamped boards and newer spine. The British Museum .. was issued in 4 volumes and this volume is complete in itself, and covers fish and insects. It contains a colour frontispiece and 22 further hand coloured plates of fish, and 10 hand coloured plates of insects. It lacks the engraved title page and, according to the copy held by Harvard University, lacks the plate of a swallow tail. We have not been able to find consistent collations of this work. The binding is in very good clean condition with light wear and scuffing to the boards. There is an armorial bookplate with the name Haughton and the motto 'maigre le fort' to the front pastedown. There is the signature of James Haughton dated 1810 to the title, together with a part signature - Heard - dated 1884. Contents: frontispiece, title, contents list pp vi; fish - text 1-143 with 22 plates; insects pp 145-216 (the end) with 10 plates. The contents generally clean with well coloured plates. There is occasional light marking - most obvious at pp 39-41.

$198.96

The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.
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The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of British Moths in original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; half title; black and white engraved frontispiece of Madame Merian; black and white vignette title page - showing 2 cherubs chasing butterflies; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Maria Sibilla Merian; text with 30 hand coloured plates bound in; and a 4 page publisher's catalogue (for Simpkin Marshall) at the rear. The binding is clean and bright. The spine has a small tear and some pulling at the top, and light pulling to the bottom, and there is some pale marking to the top section of the back board (probably damp staining). The spine and the top of the front board are slightly faded. The contents are in very good clean condition. Many text pages are unopened. The tissue guards to plates 12 and 20 are loose.

$159.17

The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants
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The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants

By Owen S Wilson

London: L Reeve & Co.,, 1880 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original cloth binding with 40 colour printed plates. The binding has the gilt Lovell Reeve design to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is slightly shaken (stitching visible internally at pp 65 and 192) with wear to edges and to corners. The original floral design endpapers are present - there is a small hole at the front endpaper joint and both free endpapers are slightly browned. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title page; description of the illustrations and introduction xxvii; text pp 1-323; index 324-344; times of appearance 345-357; additions and corrections 358; index 359-367. Contents in very good clean condition. All the plates are tissue-guarded. There is the very occasional mark, and light toning at the page edges.

$185.70

De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae
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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

By Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

London: S Smith, 1685 A very good copy of Goedart's work on insect metamorphosis, edited by M Lister, who added an appendix. First edition in this form. Johannes Goedart set up, observed and documented a series of experiments which demonstrated that caterpillars, pupae and butterflies were not different animals, but forms of the same animal. His works were first available in translated form in 1662/7. M Lister edited Goedart's work for the Royal Society and added an appendix on marine life. This copy has been rebound with cloth spine with title label, and marbled boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: title page 1685; lectori 5pp; 1 plate; text pp 1-356 with 13 plates; title page Appendices.. 1685; introduction 2pp; text pp 1-45 with 7 plates; finis. Overall in very good clean condition. There is a small ink mark to the top of p51; small paper flaw p80; slight crease to the top of plate @p134; plate @p206 has been bound in upside down; small tear to bottom margin p243.

$1061.12

British Moths and their Transformations
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British Moths and their Transformations

By H N Humphreys and J O Westwood

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.

$689.73

Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera
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Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera

By James Wilson and James Duncan

London: William Blackwood, 1834 A good copy of this extremely scarce work. In the original plain cloth binding with paper labels to spine. The binding is sound but with wear at the spine and general discolouration and some cloth bubbling. Light indentation to sides of boards ? from being bound in string bundle. Internally has title page with blind stamp of University of Aberdeen Natural History Dept; 2 plain plates; errata and text including Addenda, Notes and Index 351pp. Probably lacking half title. The endpapers are very spotty and the text pages have light toning - more so at the beginning of the work. However, some text is unopened and it is in very clean condition.

$66.32

Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III
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Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III

By E K Pearce

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1928 A complete 3 volume set in dustwrappers with numerous photographs. Series I: 2nd edition 1928, 47 pp including photos, with 2 errata slips. Contents near fine; wrapper fragile particularly around the spine where there is a loss and repair; card binding with cloth spine VG. Series II: 1st 1921, 38pp with errata slip; contents VG - spotty rear endpapers; has 2 wrappers, one inside the other; binding VG some edge wear. Series III: 1st 1928, 64pp including index, with 2 errata slips; contents VG; 2 wrappers - one inside the other - one with considerable wear; binding G to VG - some darkening towards the top edges. A very good set.

$59.69

A Manual of British Coleoptera, or Beetles; containing a brief description of all the species of beetles...
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A Manual of British Coleoptera, or Beetles; containing a brief description of all the species of beetles...

By James Francis Stephens

London: Longman, Orme Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original green cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is in good clean condition. It has bumped corners and the spine is pulled. There is a little bubbling to the cloth on the front board. Internally there is a stamped name twice on the front pastedown and handwritten ownership details to the fep. Contents in very good condition with 1 page list of works by Stephens at the rear.

$39.79

A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria, with notes on the methods to be adopted to check and extirpate them. Vols I-III
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A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria, with notes on the methods to be adopted to check and extirpate them. Vols I-III

By C French

Melbourne: Robt S Brain for Victorian Dept of Agriculture, 1904 A fair copy of Vols I, II and III of this series which ran to 5 volumes. Vol I: 1904 reprint, 14 colour plates, 3 black and white photos; 163pp - clean internally but with wear to binding and splitting at the front endpaper joint. Some scholarly annotation. Vol II: 1893, 22 colour plates, 11 pp of black and white illustrations, 222pp - sunned binding, which is very worn and there is splitting at the endpaper joints. Contents slightly loose, particularly initially at the bottom gather, and plate XXIV has a crumpled bottom corner. Contents otherwise clean with some scholarly annotation. Vol III: 1900, 29 colour plates (2 double size), 18 black and white plates, 229pp - binding worn and spotty, contents clean with scholarly annotations - some to plates.

$33.16

Humble Creatures. The Earthworm and The Common Housefly. In Eight Letters
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Humble Creatures. The Earthworm and The Common Housefly. In Eight Letters

By James Samuelson, J Braxton Hicks

London: John Van Voorst, 1858 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and blind stamped decorative cloth to boards. The binding has light wear including some pulling to the spine. Internally there is a signature to the bottom of the front pastedown endpaper and a price impression to the top of the fep. With black and white frontispiece with tissue guard, title page, and text with a further 7 plates. 78 pp with 2 page publisher's list at the rear. There is a little marking where the tissue guard has been attached to the frontispiece; and a small mark on Plate V reflected on the opposing text page. Contents in very good clean condition, slightly shaken and with occasional roughness to the top page edge where the page has been opened.

$19.90

The Genera of British Moths Vols I & II
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The Genera of British Moths Vols I & II

By H Noel Humphreys

London : Paul Jerrard and Son, 1860 A good copy of the 2 volume work in one, with original decorative cloth binding and 62 hand coloured plates. All page edges gilt. Undated but 1860 1st edition. The binding has beveled edges and has a bright gilt decorated front board and back board with blind stamped design. It has been rebacked to provide a new plain spine, which has a leather title label. There is some wear to corners but the binding is tight and sound. Internally the endpapers are new. Contents: frontispiece; title page to Vol I; preface; introduction; text pp 1-76 with 29 further colour plates; half title Vol II; text pp 77-196 with 32 colour plates; methods of preserving specimens pp 197-200; index 201-206. Plates are generally very bright and clean, but without tissue guards. Text pages have sporadic foxing and there has been damage to some page edges - presumably the book was disbound at some point. Title page to Vol I has repair to side edge and gutter and the frontispiece has gutter repair. Page 1 and 75 have some margin loss. Some pages have browning to the top edge.

$464.24

The Naturalist's Library, Entomology Vol. VII, Exotic Moths
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The Naturalist's Library, Entomology Vol. VII, Exotic Moths

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1841 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Exotic Moths in the original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; black and white engraved frontispiece of Latreille; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Latreille; text; 2 black and white plates relating to Latreille; and 30 further plates of which 29 are hand coloured and one is double size. The binding has had an expert cloth case repair relaying the spine and is therefore sound and tight. There is a small identation to the edge of the front board, some lighter patches on the back board and the corners are lightly bumped. The original green endpapers are present with repair to joint area. There is the bookplate of Francis Hemming, a noted entomologist who specialised in the Lepidoptera, to the front pastedown endpaper. There has been expert paper repair to a couple of side margins and text page 73 has lost its top corner having been badly opened. Much of the later text is unopened. Contents clean - text pages have browning to top margins, plates generally clean and well coloured.

$291.81

Butterflies and Moths of the Wayside and Woodland
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Butterflies and Moths of the Wayside and Woodland

By W J Stokoe, Richard South

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1939 A near fine copy of the 1st edition in good wrapper. This work was designed to act as a field guide - taking key points from Richard South's three Wayside and Woodland publications: butterflies and moths - series I and II. There are some blank leaves at the end of the book for field notes and it is conveniently pocket-sized. The jacket has been price-clipped and has some edge nibbling - principally around the spine and the bottom edge at the front close to the spine, where there is loss. It has had repair and some reinforcement with archive repair tape. It is in a removable protective wrap. The blue cloth binding is very bright and clean with very slight pulling to the spine. Contents near fine clean condition.

$39.79

Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.
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Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.

By Thomas Moffet

Londini: Ex officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634 A fair copy of the first printing of Insectorum Theatrum, classed as 'fair' because the title page and final plate page are in facsimile. The title page is that of the 3rd issue with a single printer named, but the book itself is 1st issue with page numbering at p 48 corrected in manuscript. This work was the first book on entomology to be published in Britain, and, although credited largely to Thomas Moffet (1553-1604), began as part of Conrad Gesner's researches in the mid 1500's. Thomas Penny and Caspar Wolf continued the work after Gesner's death, and Moffet, who was a neighbour and friend of Penny's, rescued the manuscript after Penny's death. It was finally published after Moffet's death by Theodore Mayerne (cf Lisney - Bibliography of British Lepidoptera). This copy has contemporary boards, rebacked with a newer spine and title label. The binding is in very good clean condition: there is wear to the boards but the corners have been repaired. Newer endpapers have been provided and there is a bookplate of Paul Sokoloff, and a smaller plate of Basil Harley to the front pastedown. The facsmile title page is 3rd issue and has some staining. Contents: title page; dedication 10pp; index 1p; Preface 4pp; authorities 3pp finis; full page plate of beehive; text pp 1-175; blank; second book preface 1p; table 1p; text pp 179-326 Finis; 2 leaves of figures - 2nd leaf in facsimile. With decorative headpieces, tailpieces, initial capitals and engravings throughout. There are several pagination errors but the text is continuous: p 48 corrected by hand; 128-130; 149-134-151; 157-166-159; 169-174-171; 285-296. The contents have general brown toning and there is some old annotation. The paper is particularly fragile at the edges of early leaves, where there is some light staining, and there is a little paper repair to the preface, and to p 41 and 46. A scarce and important work.

$1856.96

Illustrations of British Entomology; or a Synopsis of Indigenous Insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food and economy, as far as practicable. Vol I
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Illustrations of British Entomology; or a Synopsis of Indigenous Insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food and economy, as far as practicable. Vol I

By James Francis Stephens

London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1828 A good copy of Mandibulata Vol I of this 12 volume work. Complete with 9 hand coloured plates by Curtis and Westwood as called for. Stephens (1792-1852) was a leading entomologist and founder member of the Royal Entomological Society of London. The contemporary binding is green half leather with marbled boards. Spine with gilt titles and gilt lines. Page edges are untrimmed. The binding is sound but with scuffing and wear to edges and corners. There is an ink signature to the fep. Contents: title page 1828; introduction 2pp; text pp 1-184; index 2pp; plate index; errata. With 9 plates. There is some offsetting to the text, a little pencil annotation and a couple of ink underlinings. Occasional spotting. A scarce work

$238.75

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