Title: The Natural History of Bees
Author: Duncan, James; Jardine, William (ed.)
Illustrator: James Hope Stewart; John O. Westwood; William Jardine?
Publisher: W. H. Lizars
Year published: 1840
Place of Publication: Edinburgh
Book Condition: Excellent
Notes: James Duncan, The Natural History of Bees. Comprehending the Uses and Economical Management of the Honey-Bee of Britain and Other Countries, Together with Descriptions of the Known Wild Species, ed. by William Jardine (Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 1840), pp. 301. 8vo. Fine binding in half green leather, spine divided into five compartments with gilt lettering and decoration, volume numbered VI in Roman numerals on the spine (numbered according to its position in Jardine’s entomological series as opposed to the Naturalist’s Library as a whole), spine slightly faded although the volume is otherwise in excellent condition, marbled paper on boards and end papers. Complete with illustrations: 30 plates (18 hand-coloured), 1 hand-coloured title page, 1 b/w portrait (of Francis Huber); the title page is engraved and coloured after a drawing by John Hope Stewart, a well-known and important illustrator in his day who contributed to a number of volumes in this series. The plates are after drawings by Stewart, the entomologist John O. Westwood, ‘W.J.’ who might identified as William Jardine himself, and others. The lettering on the spine reads: ‘Naturalist’s Library: Entomology: Vol. [number in Roman numerals]’. One of the more prized volumes in the entomological series.