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[Plates from ''The Natural History of the rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia.
[Plates from ''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.'']
[Engraved by John Harris.]
[Two plates with ink mss.] Sold by R. Martin Book & Printseller, 47 Great Queen Str.t Lincolns Inn Fields [n.d., latest watermark 1828.]
25 plates (of 104) plus 2 duplicates, engravings with stipple and roulette, all in original hand colour. Each c. 380 x 290mm (15 x 11½"), some on Whatman paper, watermarks 1820-8. Separate issue plates thus a few showing signs of wear, two plates without printed titles and numbers.
A collection of plates of the butterflies and moths of the US state of Georgia, illustrated with their larvæ, pupæ and the plants each prefers to feed. Originally published in 1797, the 'Natural History' was the earliest illustrated monograph devoted to the butterflies and moths of North America. However it was not a commercial success and existing sets are particularly rare. The publisher Robert Martin seems to have bought the plates c.1820 and issued them individually, not wishing to take on the expence of reprinting the text, sometimes writing his publisher's inscription on them by hand.
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