Book Description

First six volumes only, with plates 1-289, 205* (the complete work consists of 16 volumes and 770 plates). The fine hand coloured engravings each include an insect along with a plant with which it is usually associated. All plates/parts are first issues. John Curtis (1791-1862) was a British entomologist, illustrator and engraver, and writer. The present work, ‘British Entomology’, considered by the great French naturalist Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) a ‘paragon of perfection’, is one of the most beautifully illustrated works on British insects, acknowledged as being a masterpiece of the engravers' and colourists' art. Nissen ZBI, 1000, Horn-Schenkling, 4184
Dealer Notes
290 hand-coloured engraved plates, 6 vols, 8vo, finely bound in cont. half leather, raised bands, gilt tooling to spines, marbled boards, all edges gilt. Limited rubbing to head/foot of spine and joints of several volumes; some wear to marbled paper on edges. Original bookplates have been removed from pastedowns, leaving a faint trace. Recent owner's bookplate to Vol. I. Occasional spotting/offsetting, but plates bright and clean. Very good condition.
Date 1824-1829
Binding Half leather
Publisher Printed for the Author … and sold by Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper …: London
Condition Very good

Price: £2700.00

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