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ILLUSTRATIONS OF BRITISH ENTOMOLOGY; or - STEPHENS, JAMES FRANCIS. (Contribution - 1828. 
London Baldwin and Cradock 1828 - THE EARLIEST APPEARANCE IN PRINT OF DARWIN'S WORDS WITH HIS NAME. 10 of 12 volumes, comprising Volumes 1-6 of 'Mandibulata', and Volumes 1-4 of 'Haustellata', LACKING VOLUME 7 OF 'MANDIBULATA' AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY VOLUME published in 1846. FIRST EDITIONS,1828-1835, issued in parts, 8vos, approximately 250 x 150 mm, 9¾ x 6 inches, 74 of 75 hand coloured engraved plates, LACKING PLATE XXVI IN VOLUME 5 OF 'MANDIBULATA', 3011 pages in total including prelims, indexes and plate lists, 9 volumes rebacked in dark green morocco matching the original half dark green roan, original marbled sides, gilt lettered spine, fore and lower edges not trimmed, new endpapers, Volume 6 of the 'Mandibulata' is from a different set with plain grey boards amateurishly backed in dark green binder's tape with defective gilt lettered leather label to spine missing the author's name. Marbled boards very slightly worn, 'Haustellata': slight green stain next to spine on Volume I, very small closed tear to 2 margins, neatly repaired, many pencil notes in the margins of Volume 1, one in ink with slight ink blot on page 119, not on text, many pages unopened in Volume 4; 'Mandibulata': lower corners bumped slightly on 2 volumes, a few pencil notes to margins in Volumes 1 and 4, slight pale mark to background on Plate 9 in Volume 1 and on Plate 12 in Volume 2, Volume 6, boards lightly marked, small bumps to corners, very pale stain to top corners of pages 160-227, not affecting text. A good set, lacking 2 volumes and one plate and Volume 6 of Mandibulata taken from another set. Darwin's name occurs on about thirty records in the Beetles sections i.e. in the first five volumes of the Mandibulata. "Whilst he was an undergraduate at Cambridge, Darwin had sent records of insects that he had captured to James Francis Stephens and some of these were published in Illustrations of British Entomology. He refers to the pleasure that he got from seeing his name in print against his records of beetles in his autobiography." See Freeman, The Works of Charles Darwin p.19-20. The very first printing of Darwin's name and a record occurs in Volume 2 of the Haustellata page 200 dated June 1 1829 where he records the occurrence of the common noctuid moth at 'Cambridge' . In the Appendix to Volume 2 of the Mandibulata dated June 15 1829 there are no less than 11 Darwin records. For example an entry on page 191 reads: "Page 36. Blethisa multipunctata. 'In great abundance near Cambridge, in 1829.' - C. Darwin, Esq." Darwin's first published work, whether in periodical literature or in a book did not appear until 1835: Letters on Geology. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. A heavy set which will require extra postage. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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