RARE, NINETEENTH CENTURY ENTOMOLOGICAL VOLUME: “A HISTORY OF BRITISH BUTTERFLIES” BY THE REV. F. O. MORRIS, MEMBER OF THE ASHMOLEAN SOCIETY, PUBLISHED IN LONDON: BELL AND DALDY, 1870. The pages of this incredible, profusely and lavishly illustrated volume, are alive with seventy-two colored plates depicting butterflies in all states and stages of their growth. Each description of the butterflies states the scientific name of that particular insect along with the popular name; natural history at its very best, and truly a 19th century treatise that is a 'work-of-art.' At the latter part of this work the author has a 24 page section; “Aphorismata Entomologica,” with instructions on how to make a proper cabinet, how to catch and keep butterflies and moths, botanical specimens that are attractive to the butterfly, notes on zoology, etc.

Contents; The seventy-two colored plates are stunningly beautiful, and display the butterflies in different stages of their life. Each plates stands alone with nothing on the backside of the page and each colored plate is protected by the original tissue paper [frontispiece plate has no tissue and I don't know if it ever did], and presents an historically important entomological work. The Butterfly from the egg, to larva-caterpillar stage, to pupa-chrysalis stage ,and finally to metamorphosis is

Among butterflies pictured are the Scarce Swallow-tail, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Black Veined, Large White, Rock-Eyed Underwing, Gate-Keeper, Large Meadow Brown, Camberwell Beauty, Painted Lady, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark-green Fritillary, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Grizzled Skipper, Duke of Burgandy Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, Scotch Argus, Peacock, White and Red Admiral, etc.

Condition; Hardbound in original lavender cloth covered boards, book is in good condition, complete, internally fresh, tight and intact with the following. Outer covers show shelf wear, soiling, scuffing, fading [such as a book would look if it were daily carried into the field to help identify these winged creatures], top and bottom of spine are scuffed, spine is faded [please see images], original owner has signed their name on a blank early page and the date 1870, however don't judge this book by its cover; the inside, with the exception of scattered foxing, is gorgeous and this treatise is a worthy acquisition indeed. Book measures approx. 7 ½ x 10 inches and has 159 pages in the main body of the book with the additional 24 page “Aphorismata Entomologica,”

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