Title: The Natural History of Exotic Moths
Author: Duncan, James; Jardine, William (ed.)
Illustrator: James Hope Stewart; John O. Westwood
Publisher: W. H. Lizars
Year published: 1841
Place of Publication: Edinburgh
Book Condition: Excellent
Notes: James Duncan, The Natural History of Exotic Moths, ed. by William Jardine (Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 1841), pp. 229. 8vo. Fine binding in half green leather, spine divided into five compartments with gilt lettering and decoration, volume numbered VII 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 hand-coloured plates, 1 hand-coloured title page, 1 b/w portrait (of Pierre-Andre Latreille), 1 engraving of Latreille’s tomb, 1 facsimile of Latreille’s handwritten notes; 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 engraved and coloured after drawings by the entomologist John O. Westwood and others. The lettering on the spine reads: ‘Naturalist’s Library: Entomology: Vol. [number in Roman numerals]’.