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Hardback, 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Light green ribbed cloth binding with elaborate decor. & illustration in gold: on the spines is an intricate design of caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly on a leafy shrub which incorporates the title, and on all the covers depict a clothed house cricket (the Acheta Domestica of Miss Budgen's pseudonym) seated on a stump and reading from an open book to an audience of insects and spiders. Underneath the picture is printed: "He filled their listening ears with wondrous things". The design is signed "Staples sc.," which refers to Thomas Staples, a bookbinders' tool-cutter in Holborn. All edges gilt. In very good condition. Corners bumped, spine edges split with glue repairs. (Cloth professionally re-laid on spine.) Minor darkening to prelims, some very light minor spots else inside pages very clean and tight. “Westleys & Co.” Binders label to rear endpaper. With frontispiece, numerous headpieces, and numerous black & white tailpieces (the tailpieces are often allegorical, with insects dressed in human clothing in the manner of Grandville). 320 pp. cat.16 pp. Catalogue dated April 1849. Little is known of Miss Budgen, the author and illustrator of these volumes. Each volume in this trilogy covers four months of the year, describing in detail insectivores populations and their behaviour during those periods, and drawing moral and allegorical lessons from her scientific observations.
Title: Episodes of Insect Life. First series.
Categories: NATURAL HISTORY,
Publisher: Reeve, Benham, and Reeve 1849 (1st. edition).:
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Seller ID: 79272
Keywords: NATURAL HISTORY Budgen, M.L. (Acheta Domestica, M.E.S.) Episodes of Insect Life, First series, Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1849, 1st. edition, “Westleys & Co.” Binders label, illustrated, insects,