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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. Embellished with coloured figures of the rarer and more interesting species. [ENRICHED WITH] Donovan, E. "The natural history of British insects".
- London, Baldwin, Cradock [and Joy], Henry G. Bohn, 1827-1846. In 12 volumes. Large 8vo (23.8 x 15.0 cm). Text and 691 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf and later green cloth with printed labels over marbled boards. Marbled edges. l A complete set of James Francis Stephens' magnum opus, including the often missing supplementary volume which was published 11 years later. As Stephens chose to illustrate only the "rarer and more interesting species", a former owner decided to add what might be called "the others" from the famous work on British insects (published between 1792 and 1813) by Edward Donovan, including the plate descriptions to the latter work. At the same time, many irregularities and inconsistencies in Donovan’s work were corrected. Those species deemed to be rare or interesting by Stephens, are included as well, thus incorporating the whole Donovan, with 576 plates (one double, not counted) into the Stephens, with 95 plates. A direct comparison doubtlessly shows the text by Stephens to be scientifically superior to Donovan’s. In turn, the latter’s more artistic - yet quite accurate - illustrations are definitely more pleasing than Stephens precise but otherwise unpretentious drawings. Contemporary handwritten indexes at the end of each volume tightly combine both early 19th century works into one "Gesammtarbeit" of an at that time unsurpassed beauty and entomological completeness and correctness. In the end of the last volume, another twenty handcoloured plates and accompanying text from John Curtis's "British entomology" (1828: plates 215-234, which show insects and their host plants) are included; some with descriptions of new species not recorded by Stephens. All the text and plates are in very good condition; near spotless. A very good item. Nissen ZBI, 3994 (Stephens), 1142 (Donovan), 1000 (Curtis); Horn-Schenkling, 21375 (Stephens), 4949 (Donovan), 4184 (Curtis). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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