• Twitter
  • Facebook
Log-in | Register | My Basket : arrow

Your shopping basket is currently empty.

0 items - 0.00

The Insects of Great Britain / Les Insectes de la Grande Bretagne Vol. I [Incomplete]

by Lewin, William

  • Hardback
  • Used Book Availability : SOLD
  • This title has been delisted and is no longer available to purchase - please use the search field above to check if another copy is in stock, or contact us to record your interest in this title, if another copy becomes available we will let you know
  • Catalogue No : 36349
  • Published : 1795
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 52 (of 100)
  • Publisher : For J. Johnson
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : 35 (of 46) engraved hand coloured plates


Parallel text English/French. First issue. Incomplete copy.

Intended to be the first volume of a comprehensive work on British Insects, however Lewin (1747-1795) died after only this first volume on butterflies had appeared. The second issue, of the same year, had a new title page 'The Papilios of Great Britain' and the type in the text of the last gathering was reset with the words 'The End' in place of 'End of the First Volume', otherwise the issues are identical.

Lewin's illustrations are noted for their accuracy compared to entomological works from earlier in the century.

Lisney, 410; Nissen ZBI, 2488.


4to, cont. qtr cloth, marbled boards, spine torn with some loss. Incomplete copy: pp. 1-52 (of 100), 35 (of 46) plates (lacks no's 13, 37-46). One plate torn/repaired, affecting one image, several other plates with marginal tears. Some spotting, staining.

Subscribe to our mailing list More details about our mailing list arrow