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A NATURAL HISTORY OF ENGLISH INSECTS, Illustrated with a Hundred Copper Plates Curiously Engraven from the Life and Exactly Coloured by the Author
London, Printed for the author, and sold by Wiliam and John Innys, 1720.. London, Printed for the author, and sold by Wiliam and John Innys, 1720.. FIRST EDITION, 1720, plates in second state as usual. 4to, approximately 285 x 230 mm, 11ΒΌ x 9 inches, 88 hand coloured plates with letterpress description, each plate is dedicated to a subscriber or well known personality, LACKING 12 plates and the descriptive text that goes with them, numbers, 8, 9, 11, 16, 49, 59, 60, 65, 66, 69, 80 and 84. Pages: [12] (Title page, Dedication, Preface, Names of Subscribers), 88 pages of text, bound in full calf, rebacked, gilt decorated spine, maroon gilt lettered label, blind decoration to covers, marbled endpapers. Corners worn with board just showing at tips, slight shelf wear to edges, many plates have light offset from text, text has offset from plates leaving small pale brown stains, all text legible, pale age-browning and foxing to text with the odd brown spot, 1 plate has small closed tear, not affecting image, 1 plate and 1 page of text have closed tear to top margin neatly repaired, not affecting text or image, labels removed from pastedown and first endpaper leaving loss of surface to marbled paper, small line of text on title page ruled through with old ink, but all text legible, occasional small ink note to top of text pages, otherwise a good copy. See: A Bibliography of British Lepidoptera 1680-1799, by Arthur A. Lisney, pages 77-82. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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