BEAUTEOUS BUTTERFLIES

Noel. The Genera and Species of British Butterflies, described and arranged according to the System now adopted in the British Museum … illustrated by Plates in which all the Species and Varieties are represented, accompanied by their respective Caterpillars, and the Plants on which they feed.

London, [Bradbury & Evans for] Paul Jerrard & Son, [1859].

Large 8vo, pp. [2], xii, 66, 4, with hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece and 32 plates; frontispiece a little loose, a few slight spots; a good copy in publisher’s maroon cloth with bevelled edges, upper board and spine blocked in gilt, lower board blocked in blind, all edges gilt; lightly sunned, rubbed at extremities, head and tail of spine reinforced, endpapers renewed.

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Noel. The Genera and Species of British Butterflies, described and arranged according to the System now adopted in the British Museum … illustrated by Plates in which all the Species and Varieties are represented, accompanied by their respective Caterpillars, and the Plants on which they feed.

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First edition of these handsome illustrations of butterflies, by the naturalist and artist Henry Noel Humphreys (1807–1879). Noted for its aesthetic appeal, British Butterflies is one of the most attractive of Humphreys’s works, which ‘addressed identification and habitat without sacrificing artistry’ (ODNB). The richly hand-coloured butterflies and caterpillars produce a striking effect against lightly washed lithographic floral backgrounds.

A second edition was published by T.J. Allman the following year.

Nissen 2053.

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