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The Natural History of British Insects; Explaining - Donovan, Edward - 1813. 
Pub. for the Author and for F. and C. Rivington. 1792-1813 - Sixteen volumes bound as eight, with 569 hand-coloured plates and 7 plain plates as published. Royal 8vo. Some minor foxing and offsetting, o/w. contents in fine condition. Very handsomely bound in contemporary cross-hatched, full-calf leather. Spines lettered and richly decorated in gilt with raised bands. Double gilt rules and blind decorative borders to both upper and lower boards. Marbling to fore-edges of text block. Marbled end-papers and armorial bookplates to front paste-down of each volume. All silk markers present. A very attractive set. Scarce. One of the literary milestones of entomology.When complete it would form the most comprehensive work on insects yet attempted. (Michael A Salmon, The Aurelian, p.129). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: C. Arden (Bookseller) ABA]
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