BARBUT, J.

The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature.

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Londres, J.Dixwell ..., 1781. 4to (260 x 210mm). pp. (4), xvii, (3), 371, (20), with 1 engraved frontispiece, 20 (1 folded) finely handcoloured engraved plates and 2 plain folded plates. Later green half calf, gilt lettered spine.

The delicately handcoloured plates depict 299 insects

The English and French text is printed in double columns. James Barbut (fl. 1776-1799) was a British naturalist and painter. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The original drawings for the above work were purchased by the Natural History Museum in London in 2000. The delicately handcoloured plates depict 299 insects. This attractive work is very similar to Harris' 'Exposition of English Insects', first published in the previous year. No details of the life and circumstances of James Barbut appear to have been recorded.

Nissen ZBI, 220.