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.
Londres, J.Dixwell ..., 1781. 4to (265 x 215mm). pp. (4), xvii, (3), 371, (20), with 1 engraved hand-coloured frontispiece, 20 (1 folded) finely handcoloured engraved plates and 2 plain folded plates. Contemporary calf, richly gilt decorated spine with red gilt lettered label, sides with gilt border.
A fine copy with many of the plates hightened with gum arabic. 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.
Item nr. 9160
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