Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies, selected chiefly from the collections of W. Wilson Saunders and William C. Hewitson.
London, J. van Voorst, (1851)-1876. 5 volumes. 4to (280 x 215mm). With 300 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary green half calf, gilt lettered spines in 6 compartments, topedges gilt (one spine with old repair).
An almost spotless copy of this rare and superbly illustrated work on exotic butterflies. Only 35 copies were subscribed. The Newcastle-on-Tyne naturalist Hewitson (1806-1878) spent most of his life to gather an enormous collection of butterflies, which most probably was the largest in the whole world. Among his numerous publications, the above work may surely be called his 'Magnum Opus'. It is very seldom found complete, because it was published in 100 parts during a period of 25 years. The beautiful attractive plates are all after the author's own drawings and lithographed by Hullmandel. Hewitson was a very skilled artist and particularly well known for his plates in 'The Genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera' by E. Doubleday and J.O. Westwood. As a pictorial describer of butterflies, Hewitson stands unrivalled. Nissen ZBI, 1930; Horn & Schenkling 10288.
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