Monographia Apum Angliae; or, an attempt to divide into their natural genera and families, such species of the Linnean genus Apis as have been discovered in England: with descriptions and observations. To which are prefixed some introductory remarks upon the class Hymenoptera, and a synoptical table of the nomenclature of the external parts of these insects.
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Ipswich, Printed for the Author by J. Raw, 1802. 2 volumes. 8vo (203 x 130mm). pp. xxii, 258, with 14 engraved plates; pp. 388, with 4 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf, spines with green gilt lettered label.
William Kirby (1759-1850) known as the father of entomology in England, was educated for the clergy. The present work is his first major publication. "Kirby was a very capable man, a sound reasoner and careful worker so that his publications have always been looked upon with the highest regard for their accuracy" (Essig).
Nissen ZBI, 2188; British Bee Books, A bibliography 1500-1976, 165.