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Moths and butterflies of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains
Boston: J. B. Millet Company, 1900. 2 volumes, large octavo. (8 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches). 56 nature-printed and hand-coloured plates, approximately 400 illustrations. Publisher's crushed olive morocco gilt, spines tooled in with butterfly decorations in each compartment, marbled endpapers gilt edges (expert repairs at joints). Contemporary slipcases. A fine copy of this remarkable nature-printed work, one of 500 numbered sets. A sumptuous colour-plate book on the butterflies of the United States east of the Rockies. The colour plates in this work are quite remarkable, as, whilst the bodies are hand-coloured engravings, the wings are impressions from the actual insects' wings pressed onto the paper. In the preface Denton describes his labours as he travelled widely in search of specimens: "The colored plates, or Nature Prints, used in the work, are direct transfers from the insects themselves; that is to say, the scales of the wings of the insects are transferred to paper while the bodies are printed from engravings and afterward colored by hand... I have had to make over fifty thousand of these transfers for the entire edition, not being able to get anyone to help me who would do the work as I desired it done... I will say, however, that there was never a laborer more in love with his work." Bennett p.33; McGrath p.177; Nissen ZBI 1079; Reese Stamped with a National Character 107.
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