London: Reeve and Benham, 1849-1851.
First Edition. Three Volumes. 8 x 5 3/4 inches. Original publisher's bright blue fine-ribbed cloth with fabulous ornately gilt illustrated covers, front and back depicting insects of all kinds with central anthropomorphic grasshopper sitting on a stump reading a book, double fillet ruling; spines also gilt with decorative design work. Hand colored frontispieces and numerous hand colored vignette illustrations throughout. An amazing survival, in fine condition, given each volume was produced yearly over a three-year period (1849-1851). AEG. pMcLean, Victorian Publishers' Book-Bindings, p.42.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #6379