GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F.
Rhopalocera Exotica, being Illustrations of New, Rare, and Unfigured Species of Butterflies.
London, Gurney & Jackson, 1887-1902. 3 volumes. Large-4to (278 x 220mm). With 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary brown morocco, sides with gilt border, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and lettering, topedges gilt.
A beautifully illustrated and rare work on exotic butterflies. As the work was issued in 60 parts over a period of 15 years complete copies are scarce. "The present work is designed to illustrate some of the rarer and more beautiful new species of butterflies which are continually being sent to Europe from all parts of the world by travellers and missionaries, as well as professional collectors, and it may be regarded as supplementary to late Mr. Hewitson's 'Exotic Butterflies', and 'Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera' ... The insects figured and described in this volume are chiefly selected from the Collection of Mr. Grose Smith, and with a very few exceptions have not been previously figured" (From the Preface). Butterflies were also selected from the collections of W. Rothschild, Staudinger and a.o. Hewitson. Henley Grose-Smith was a wealthy lawyer and entomologist, and William Kirby, a curator at the British Museum. Some of the original printed wrappers are bound in. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Edmund Bourke, Royal Navy. Nissen ZBI, 1728; Junk. 'Bibliographia Lepidopterologica' 3193.
Item nr. 9990
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