With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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Author Name    Curtis, John

Title   British Entomology; (Four Volumes) Being Illustrations and Descriptions of the Genera of Insects Found in Great Britain and Ireland; Containing Coloured Figures from Nature of the Most Rare and Beautiful Species, and in Many Instances of the Plants Upon which They are Found

Binding   Half Calf

Book Condition   Very Good

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   London Printed for the author and sold by Sherwood, Jones and Co.;FW. Wetton; etc. 1824-7

Seller ID   003809

8vo. 24 by 15.5 cm. 194 hand-colored plates. The plates are sensitively and sublimely realized and impart something visually that no photograph of the many insect species represented here could ever achieve. Hand-written two page exigesis on preserving specimens on two preliminary blanks of first volume, along with an insert piece of scrap paper with two sketches of insects -- we would consider these accretions a plus. Calf on spines with cracking, rubbing and wear, with a loss of one spine label, and the gilt detailing on one compartment of one volume is now lost with plain calf repair. All the volumes have had joint repairs, and on the first volume, one can see shadow remnants of tape which clearly was once used to hold boards. Notwithstanding these issues, the contemporary bindings remain handsome and should please most sensibilities. All text blocks are tight, and the interiors are generally clean, with only the most occasional light soiling.

Price = 2500.00 USD



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