1832 Browns Butterflies Sphinxes Moths 33 hand coloured plates Lepidoptera Silk


Regulars will know that I am gradually clearing out my collection. I am selling only rare books and maps here on ebay, at prices much lower than on abebooks and other selling sites. This is a great chance to pick up some unusual titles at realistic prices - look them up on abe and you'll see what I mean! Some of them are so rare there are no copies anywhere else anyway!
Author: : Captain Thomas Brown Title: : Book of Butterflies, Sphinxes and Moths Publisher: : Whittaker etc. Part of Constable's Miscellany. Year: : 1830s, a second edition of volume 2 only, ( first ed was 1832) lacking the title page, see below. Outside: : Original cloth worn, later cloth and paper label to spine. Inside: : Prelims missing up to xi, generally clean, plates clean but later ones show light mottling, not obtrusive. Unlike some rogues I have photographed the worst example. See below for more details. Binding: : Weak, book split in places, separate from cover. L acks two of the 35 plates, ie 67, Spinx Pinastri and 92 Phalaena Ditaria.
Also has illustrations in the text.
Contains chapters on history of and 'modern' silk production.
See photos for more details.
An expensive book on abe as you might imagine - 30 plus single image plates, stylish, nice bright colours.
I am selling plenty other rare books this week,
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