The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from nature, with the natural history of each species.
Les Insects de la Grande Brétagne rangés dans un ordre systématique, gravés avec soin, et peints d'après nature. London, J. Johnson, 1795. 4to (278 x 210mm). pp. 97, (3), with 46 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary red half morocco, spine with gilt lines and lettering.
Lewin planned to publish a comprehensive work on the insects of Great Britain, however, only one volume appeared due to the death of the author. "Lewin conceived the ambition to publish a comprehensive, illustrated work on 'The Insects of Great Britain'. In the event, his untimely death prevented the completion of all but the first volume on 'Papilios', which contains significantly more species of butterflies, together with their early stages, than works by previous authors: in present day terms, some 62 species plus three recognized forms... Lewin was also the first author to follow the strict order of families, and to use Linnaean names consistently..." (M.A. Salmon. The Aurelian legacy p. 122). The text both in English and French. Nissen ZBI, 2488.
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