8vo, pp. xii, , 266, with 54 hand-coloured lithographic plates, each with guard; light spotting; a very sound copy in contemporary half hard-grained morocco with marbled sides, spine blind-ruled in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, top-edge gilt, others trimmed; rubbed, small chips to marble at extremities; late nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of Frederick Ducane Godman to upper pastedown.
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Index entomologicus, or a complete illustrated Catalogue, consisting of 1944 Figures, of the lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain.
First collected edition, with almost two-thousand hand-coloured butterflies. Initially published in parts between 1833 and 1838, the Index entomologicus is the most substantial entomological publication of the natural historian, doctor, and bookseller William Wood (1774 – 1857), following his acclaimed conchological Index testaceologicus of 1818.
The present copy from the library of the lepidopterist Frederick Ducane Godman (1834 – 1919).
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