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Stephens, James Francis, 1792-1853

Haustellata lepidoptera diurna.

Great Britain, circa 1839.
Physical Description:
1 v. (169 pages, some blank) : ill. ; 21 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QL466.S74 H38 1839
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Archives & Manuscripts
Title from hand-written label on front cover.
Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 162
Bound in contemporary red half roan with marbled boards.
Manuscript copy by an unidentified copyist, circa 1839, of portions of James Francis Stephens' Illustrations of British entomology (first published at London, by Baldwin and Cradock, 1828-1835). The volume comprises the portion of Stephens' work describing the families Papilionidae and Nymphalidae of the order Lepidoptera. The original manuscript probably included at least a second volume (now lacking), which continued the portion of the work on Nymphalidae and followed with descriptions of the families Lycaenidae and Hespirdae. According to notes on page 9 of the present volume, the latter two sections begin on pages 223 and 291, respectively; the present volume concludes on page 169. Writing is in pen and black ink throughout, in a uniformly neat hand, without corrections or annotations. Some headings and other words of emphasis are underlined in red ink.
Included in the text are 14 small drawings of butterflies, in pen and ink and watercolor. These may be drawn at life size. Also present, on loose small sheets (9 x 11 cm) are a further 8 drawings of caterpillars, most in pen and ink and watercolor (see Suppl. folder). Most of these drawings are briefly captioned; one is dated 1835. The set of loose drawings has been removed to a supplementary folder.
It does not appear that the volume was generally used to record species of butterflies captured by a collector. The text describing the first species (Papilio machaon, p. 17) bears an annotation not present in Stephens' published work: "One captured 1839 at Bury St. Edmonds." This annotation may be unique; no other similar note in the volume is immediately apparent .
Subject Terms:
Butterflies -- Great Britain.
Caterpillars -- Great Britain.
Entomology -- Great Britain.
Lepidoptera -- Great Britain.
Moths -- Great Britain.
Scientific illustrations.
Graphite drawings.
Ink drawings.
Stephens, James Francis, 1792-1853. Illustrations of British entomology.
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"Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower" : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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