An Introduction to Entomology
Or Elements of the Natural History of Insects
William Kirby & William Spence
Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London, 1843: 6th edition “corrected and considerably enlarged”.
Hardbacks; 150 x 230 mm; green boards with titles in gold on spines, and gold pictorial of an insect on front covers; volume I: xxiv & 435 pages plus 24 pages advertising other books; volume II: viii & 426 pages; 3 coloured plates. No dust jacket.
The books are in fair condition. The bindings are generally sound though there is cracking along the gutters of the back endpapers. The covers are worn, scuffed, and marked with fading of the spines. Five coloured plates are listed but only 3 are present. The missing plates may not have been bound in. Pencil note on this on the verso of the front free endpaper of volume I. Page end tanning.
“An account of noxious and useful insects, of their metamorphoses, food, stratagems, habitations, societies, motions, noises, hybernation, instinct, etc, etc.”