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Morris, A History of British Butterflies (London, 1865) with 71 color illustrations


Beautifully illustrated volume A History of British Butterflies by Rev. Francis Orpen Morris. Published in London by Groombridge and Sons in 1865. Green paper hardcover with elaborate embossing, plain and in gold. Includes 71 brilliantly colored plates by Alexander Francis Lydon using woodblock printing. A couple of pages are still uncut.

Morris was a clergyman and a naturalist from Ireland. Dedicated to the "Hon. Mrs. Musgrave," wife of the Archbishop of York Thomas Musgrave and born Catherine Cavendish (her father Richard was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London and an Anglo-Irish politician).

Overall in good condition. A bit of wear on the outer edges of this book. Some small closed splits in the middle of the sides of the spine by covers due to wear. A little bit of disintegration on the ends of the spine. Foxing on some of the pages, but the majority of pages and images are very clean. 

167 pp.

This book measures 10 3/16 H x 6 3/4 W x 1 3/8 D inches, and weighs 2 pounds 10 1/4 ounces.


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