Lepidoptera Exotica, or Descriptions and Illustrations of Exotic Lepidoptera.
London, E.W. Janson, 1874. 4to (270 x 210mm). pp. (12), 190, with 64 plates of which 63 chromo-lithographed. Contemporary brown half morocco, gilt lettered spine in 6 compartments, gilt edges.
Only 220 copies were published. The fine plates were drawn and lithographed by the author. "... thespecies which I have described up to the present time amount to 827, of these 60 have appeared for the first time in 'Lepidoptera Exotica', 741 having been figured by myself, 313 of them, illustrated by 449 figures, in this Work" (From the Introduction). Arthur Gardiner Butler (1844-1925) was assistant to Dr. J. Gray of the British Museum. 'He retired in 1901 on account of ill health, but lived, however, for another twenty-four years. He described some thousand species as new, unaware like his contemporaries of seasonal variation within a single species' (Stearn, The Natural History Museum, p. 210). Nissen ZBI, 779; Musgrave, Bibl. of Australian Entomology 1775-1930, p. 36.
Item nr. 9985
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