As Nature shows them. Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. With over 400 photographic illustrations in the text and many transfers of species from life.
Boston, Bradlee Whidden, (1897-) 1900. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (245 x 170mm). pp. x, (6), 1-161; pp. xiv, (3), 164-361, with 56 transfers of species from life and over 400 photographic illustrations. Contemporary red half morocco, spines in 5 compartments with gilt butterfly ornaments and gilt lettering, gilt edges (short split to to upper joints of vol. 2).
Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies only; the present copy is number 23151. "The colored plates, or Nature Prints, used in this work, are direct transfers from the insects themselves; that is to say, the scales of the wings of the insects are transferred to the paper while the bodies are printed from engravings and afterwards colored by hand. The making of such transfers is not original to me, but it took a good deal of experimenting to so perfect the process ... and what magnificent illustrations they are embodying all the beauty and perfections of the specimens themselves!" (From the preface). "Thousands of Lepidoptera were killed in the process of producing 500 copies of S.F. Denton's work.... Conservation was not uppermost in people's minds at this time" (Gilbert p. 126). Owner's stamp on half-titles. A very fine copy. Nissen ZBI, 1079.
Item nr. 10031
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