British Entomology

British Entomology: Being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain by John Curtis

Introduced by Darren Bloodworth, C Arden Booksellers, Hay-on-Wye 

This is a scarce 1st edition in sixteen volumes bound as eight, published between 1823-40.


John Curtis was one of the finest insect illustrators of the nineteenth century – probably only Noel Humphries was his equal, and that in talent rather than industry.


His sixteen volumes of British Entomology, with their 770 exquisite colour plates, are by any estimation one of the milestones of entomological publishing. Among the many new species of moths and butterflies it introduced were the Black Hairstreak, in 1829, and the Lulworth Skipper, in 1833.


This 1st edition includes 770 hand-coloured plates. Collated and complete. Recently rebound in handsome, period-style full-calf leather by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath. Spines richly decorated with gilt and block tooling. With title page for each volume. Marbled fore-edges. Contents and binding in fine condition.


A scarce work, especially so in this condition.



C Arden Booksellers are selling this edition for £12,500:

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