Rhopalocera Malayana: a description of the Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula.
London, the author, (&) Penang, D. Logan, 1882-1886. 4to (310 x 245mm). pp. xiv (of xvi), 481, (1, errata), (4), with 46 chromo-lithographic plates. Contemporary red boards, with new half calf spines with red gilt lettered label.
A splendidly produced work on the butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. The present copy does not have the printed title, the half title however is present. Most likely the printed title was printed after the 10th part was published and was never put in. The printed wrapper of the first part serves well as a printed title. The beautiful chromo-lithographed plates are by Horace Knight. Alfred Russel Wallace comments about the first part in the 4 May 1882 issue of 'Nature' as follows: 'We have received the first part of this handsome work, in which it is proposed to describe and figure all the species of butterflies which inhabit the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Penang and Singapore. Forty-four coloured figures of butterflies are given in this part, occupying four plates of large quarto size: and they are most admirably executed in chromo-lithography. Some of the figures, indeed, are hardly to be distinguished from good hand-colouring. The descriptions are full and careful, and much judgment is shown in using, as far as possible, old and well-established names, and in rejecting needless sub-divisions of the genera. It is expected that the work will be completed in six or seven parts, forming a handsome quarto volume; and we trust that the author may obtain numerous subscribers in our wealthy colonies of Singapore and Penang, as well as at home, to encourage him to complete the work in the same full and careful manner as he has commenced it'. William Lucas Distant's (1845-1922) passion for natural history began to develop during a whaling voyage with his father in 1867. He paid 2 lengthy visits to Transvaal publishing in 1900-11 his 'Insecta Travaaliensis'. He was employed by the Trustees of the Natural History Museum at S. Kensington to rearrange their extensive collections of Rhynchota. The book was issued in 10 parts, the wrappers of these are bound in at the end. Nissen ZBI, 1114.
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