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The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia: Including Their Systematic Characters, the Particulars of Their Several Metamorphoses, and the Plants on Which They Feed

Collected from the observations of Mr. John Abbot, many years resident in that country, by James Edward Smith, M.D. F.R.S. .
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London : Printed by T. Bensley, for J. Edwards, Pall Mall, Cadell and Davies, Strand, and J. White, Fleet Street, MDCCXCVII. [1797]
Each leaf of the descriptive text carries an English text on the recto and a French translation on the verso
Variant Title
Histoire naturelle des lépidoptères les plus rares de Georgie
2 volumes : 104 color illustrations (engravings) ; 44 cm (fol.)
  • Parallel French and English title pages.
  • First illustrated work on American insects, including their systematic characters, the particulars of their several metamorphoses, and the plants on which they feed.
  • Dedication to Miss Johnes of Hafod, singed and dated: "London, May 29, 1797. J. E. Smith." -- p. [v].
  • 104 hand-colored engraved plates by John Harris, after Abbot, some heightened with gum-arabic.
  • For a bibliographical study of this work, see: John V. Calhoun's "A glimpse into a 'flora et entomologia'", Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, v. 60, no. 1 (2006), p. 1-37.
  • Paged continuously; v. 1: [8], xv, [1], 104 pages, 52 leaves of plates; v. 2: [4], 105-214 pages, 52 leaves of plates.
  • Signatures: v. 1: pi² [a]² b-e² B-2D²; v. 2: pi² 2E-3G² 3H1 3I1 3K1.
  • Errata: page 214.
  • Includes indexes (Latin, English, and French).
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Bound in full dark-brown straight grain morocco. Wide gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. Gilt rolls framing the boards and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection. This copy recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
Cited in
Brown, J.C. Bibliotheca Americana, part III, entry 3919
Catalogue of the Wymberley Jones De Renne Georgia library at Wormsloe, Isle of Hope near Savannah, Georgia., vol. 1, p. 282
English short title catalogue, T77154
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 82789
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