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(11529) Alvarez Sierra, J. R. and Alvarez Corral, J.-R. Mariposas Diurnas de Venezuela: Introducción a su Conocimiento. Caracas: Editorial Arte, 1984. Pp. 199, 18 full page color plates. Cloth, DJ, 4to (24 x 30 cm). Near fine in near fine dust jacket. $45
(12739) Beutelspacher, Carlos R. and Howe, William H. Mariposas de Mexico, Fascículo I: Introducción y Generalidades Superfamilia Papilionoidea Familia Papilionidae. Mexico City (Coyoacan): La Prensa Médica Mexicana, 1984. First edition. Pp. xii, 128, 20 full page color plates by William H. Howe - each plate has a facing full page key to the butterflies on the color plate. Pictorial stiff orange wrappers with color photo on front cover, lg folio (16 x 10.5 inches). This edition is limited to 2000 copies only with no later printings. Superb large format color plates of various species of the Papilionidae that inhabit Mexico. No previous ownership marks and no signs of use, spine very lightly sunned, a bright and clean near fine copy. $200
(13954) Beutenmüller, W. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. New York: American Museum, 1901. First edition. Pp. 135, 7 chromolithographic color plates, 20 text-figures. Publisher's original gray printed wrappers, folio. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History, volume 1, part 6. The Sesiidae or clearwing moths are a family of the Lepidoptera in which the wings have few of the normal lepidopteran scales, leaving them transparent. The general appearance of these clearwing moths is wasp-like or hornet-like which reduces their predation through the process of "Batesian mimicry." The seven pages of fine color plates show the numerous species within the Sesiidae in great detail. No ownership marks. Edges of wrappers with a hint of browning and occasional chipping; a bright and clean unopened copy in fine condition. $34
(16043) Bog-Seong, Jo (editor). Illustrated Encyclopedia - The Fauna of Korea (1): Insecta Rhopalocera. Seoul: Korean Information Service, 1959. First edition. Pp. (8), 1-197; with 43 full page color plates, each plate is accompanied by a descriptive leaf of text, 1 full page text-figure. Publisher's original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the front cover and the spine, in original cardboard slipcase lettered in red on the spine and front cover, sm 4to. A complete review of the butterflies of Korea. The Rhopalocera comprise the true butterflies, the skippers and the moth-butterflies. The main text is in Korean but Latin names are used throughout that section. There is a 100 page section in English at the end; it consists of "A List of Butterflies from Korea," "A Diagram of Geographical Distribution," as well as a detailed bibliography in English, a systematic index to Latin names and an index to Korean names. From the personal library of R. A. Boolootian with his small name stamp on the front endpaper and the page edges. Rare work. A few minor bumps to the cloth outer corners, light edge wear to cloth at the head and foot of the spine, slipcase corners bumped and with light wear; a very good copy in a very good slipcase. $110
(16131) Butler, Arthur G. The Butterflies of Malacca. London: The Linnean Society, 1875. First edition. Pp. 533-568; 1 fine chromolithographic plate, finished by hand-coloring, 1 halftone plate. One-quarter black cloth, spine with red morocco author/title label lettered in gilt, over marbled boards, tan endpapers, lg 4to (12 x 9 1/8 inches). Malacca is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca in Southeast Asia. This monograph presents a new collection of butterflies from Malacca collected by Captain Pinwill. The new collection is described and compared with other species found in Malacca. Some new species are described which are figured in the plates. Butler notes that of the 258 species registered for Malacca, 36 species appear to be endemic. No ownership marks and no signs of use. A very bright and clean copy in fine condition. $225
(15227) Chen, Xiaoming et al. Ornamental Butterflies in China. Beijing: Chinese Forestry Publishing House, 2008. First edition. Pp. (2), 2, 1-360; 550+ fine color photographs of butterflies, pupae, and caterpillars. Color pictorial stiff wrappers, 4to. The text is in Chinese with Latin names used throughout. There is a detailed 50 page index to each Latin genus and species. Family names are also included in this index. A fine (new) copy. $85
(15601) Cock, M. J. W., Godfray, and Holloway, J. D. (editor). Slug and Nettle Caterpillar: The Biology, Taxonomy and Control of the Limacodidae of Economic Importance on Palms in South-East Asia. Wallingford, UK: C-A-B International, 1987. First edition. Pp. ix, (1), 270; 36 plates (18 are in full color), numerous text-figures. Publisher's original green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine, color pictorial dust jacket, lg 8vo (10.8 x 8.75 inches). The Limacodidae or Euclidae is a family of moths in the superfamily Zygaenoidea or the Cossoidea; the placement is in dispute. They are often called slug moths because their caterpillars bear a distinct resemblance to slugs. They are also called cup moths because of the shape of their cocoons (from Wiki). No ownership marks and no signs of use. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. $65
(11840) Collectif Nature. Les Papillons de France. Histoire naturelle, moeurs, chasse, préparation, collections. Paris: J. Rothschild, 1880. First edition. Pp. vii, 267, 19 full-page chromolithographic plates. Original half black leather with gilt title, over black pebble cloth, 8vo. Details the butterflies of France with 110 fine color images of the various species. Half title page a bit browned, slight marginal soiling to a few pages, a very good copy. $50
(15708) Comstock, John A. Butterflies of California: A popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of California embracing all of the 477 species and varieties at present recorded in the state. Los Angeles: Privately published by the author, 1927. First edition. Pp. 334, 63 colored plates, 80 text-figures and maps, 6 additional un-numbered figures (black-white-photos). Original dark-brown fabracoid cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated with a yellow swallow-tail on front cover, lg 8vo. This is the "large paper edition" of this important classic on the butterflies of California. No ownership marks and no signs of use. This large paper edition is not often found in such nice condition. Faint outline of tape mark on the front endpaper, a few brown marks to the rear endpaper, the outer white margin of the clay-coated color plates is a little curved; a tight, bright and clean copy in near fine condition. $325
(12796) d'Almeida, R. Ferreira. Revisão das Terias americanas (Lepid. Pieridae), Part II. Rio de Janeiro: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 1936. First edition. Pp. 159, 18 full page plates - many are black-and-white photos. Original color printed wrappers, sm 4to. Coverage of the Neotropical species 'Terias americanas' with special emphasis on the eggs, larvae, pupae, host plants and more. Memorias Instituto Oswaldo Cruz volume 31, fasc. 2. The entire issue of the journal is offered here. Text is in Portuguese. A discard stamp is on the front wrap but there are no library markings. Bottom outer corner with small bump, slight edge wear; a very good copy. $20
(12797) d'Almeida, R. Ferreira. Revisão das Especies Americanas das superfamilia Danaoidea (Lepid. Pieridae), Part I: Familia, Danaidae, subfam. Danainae. Rio de Janeiro: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 1939. First edition. Pp. 113, 30 full page plates - many are black-and-white photos. Original color printed wrappers, sm 4to. A revision of the Neotropical species of the Danaoidea. Memorias Instituto Oswaldo Cruz volume 34, fasc. 1. The entire issue of the journal is offered here. Text is in Portuguese. A discard stamp is on the front wrap but there are no library markings. Bottom outer corner with bump, a very good copy. $20
(11838) Eckstein, K. Die Schmetterlinge Deutschlands, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer Biologie, Bands I-III, bound together. Stuttgart: K.G. Lutz' Verlag, 1913-1920. Pp. 120, 84, 96 + 48 full page chromolithographic plates. Later half red cloth over marbled boards (original wraps bound in), 8vo. Schriften des Deutschen Lehrervereins für Naturkunde no. 26, 32, 35. Band I: Allgemeiner Teil. Spezieller Teil. 1. Die Tagfalter; Band II: Spezieller Teil (Fortsetzung). 2. Die Schwärmer und Spinner (Sphingidae-Thyrididae); Band III: Spezieller Teil (Fortsetzung). 3.Die eulenartigen Falter. Cover the Lepidoptera of Central Europe. Some mild text-browning to the first few pages of band 1, otherwise a very good copy in an attractive binding. $75
(16417) Edwards, William H. The Butterflies of North America, in 2 volumes (first series and second series). Philadelphia + Boston: The American Entomological Society, (1868-1872) + Houghton, Mifflin, 1884-1888. First edition. Pp. (unpaginated), circa 1000+ pages, 101 fine hand-colored plates (the color plates are un-numbered). Publisher's original one-half black morocco leather, spine with 5 raised bands, lettered in gilt in two compartments, and with elaborate floral decorations in the other four compartments, over deep wine red cloth-covered boards that are tooled in gilt, original fine marbled endpapers, all page edges in gilt, sm folio (11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches; 299 x 245 mm). This work is a landmark study in North American Lepidoptera. The hand-colored plates in the work are superb. A third volume labeled 'third series' was published in 1897. William Henry Edwards (March 15, 1822 - April 4, 1909) was an important entomologist in the United States. He is remembered for his trip to the Amazon in 1846, which he recorded in his book 'A Voyage up the River Amazon, with a residency at Para (1847) that inspired Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates to make their famous trips to the region (after Wiki). Edward's work 'The Butterflies of North America' was the first complete survey of the butterfly fauna of North America. This work has become very scarce. No ownership marks (former owner's bookplate removed from front attached endpaper of each volume). Front attached endpaper of each volume with color swirl where a bookplate was removed, no signs of use; overall a tight and clean copy in fine condition. $6,500
(14980) Ek-Amnuay, P. Butterflies of Thailand, 2nd edition, revised. Bangkok, Thailand: Baan Lae Suan Amarin Printing, 2012. Second edition. Pp. 943, (1); 420 fine color plates of butterflies and larval forms. Original color pictorial laminated boards (hardcover), thick lg 8vo (248 x 180mm; 9.5 x 7 inches). This new fully revised and expanded edition presents all of the butterflies of Thailand with detailed descriptions and illustrations that show the top side and underside of all species. From the series: Fascinating Insects, volume 3. No ownership marks. A fine (new) copy, still shrink-wrapped. $85
(13901) Elwes, John H. and Edwards, James. A Revision of the Oriental Hesperiidae. London: Zoological Society of London, 1897. First edition. Pp. 224, 4 chromolithograph color plates of adult skippers, 6 uncolored lithograph plates of male genitalia. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco leather (original blue printed wrappers bound in place), spine with 5 raised bands lettered in gilt in two compartments and with gilt floral decorations in the other compartments, over French marbled boards and with matching richly marbled endpapers, top page edge gilt, sm folio (12.75 x 10.5 inches). Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, volume 14, part 4. A detailed monograph on the Asian skippers from China and India and south through island Southeast Asia to Wallace's line. Small circular stamp of New York Zoological Society on the front wrapper, no other ownership marks. Some darkening to morocco at the outer corners and adjacent to the spine, light edge wear to boards, and a few ink spots on the wrappers; overall a very good copy in an attractive binding. $250
(13583) Humphreys, H.N. and Westwood, J.O. British Moths and their Transformations, 2 volumes. London: William Smith, 1857. Pp. xiv, 258; xix, 268, 124 fine hand-colored lithographed plates. Publisher's original wine red pebble cloth, spine gilt-lettered and with elaborate gilt floral decorations, front covers with gilt-pictorial image of moths, 4to. The fine hand-colored plates display the moths next to the plants and flowers they inhabit. Slight edge wear to cloth, some uniform age-toning to the text leaves with a touch of scattered foxing, the fine hand-colored plates are bright and clean with no browning or foxing; an attractive copy in very good condition. $850
(13290) Moore, F. On the Genera and Species of the Lepidopterous subfamily Ophiderinae inhabiting the Indian region. London: Zoological Society of London, 1881. First edition. Pp. 14, 3 hand-colored plates. Later French marbled wrappers with printed title label on the front cover, lg 4to. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, volume 11, part 3. Tight and clean copy in near fine condition. $60
(15613) Ponec, Jozef. Naše Motýle. Bratislava, Slovenia: Osveta, 1960. First edition. Pp. 100, (1); +205 photographs of butterflies on 154 un-numbered text-pages (10 are full-page color photos). Publisher's original yellow cloth, lettered in black on the spine and with butterflies in black on the front cover, color pictorial dust jacket, pictorial black endpapers, lg 8vo (9.6 x 7.5 inches). Presents the butterflies of Slovenia, a nation-state on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north. The text is in Slovak with Latin names used throughout. No ownership marks. Rare work. A near fine copy in a slight worn but very good dust jacket. $50
(15302) Saalmüller, M. Lepidopteren von Madagascar. Neue und weig bekannte Arten zumeist aus der Sammlung der Senckenberg'schen naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt am Main, 2 Parts, complete (bound in one volume). Frankfurt am Main: Im Selbstverlag der Gesellschaft, 1884-1891. First edition. Pp. (4), 531; 15 full page chromolithograph plates (1 ornate chromolithograph title page + 14 chromolithographs of butterflies and moths, designated I-XIV), frontispiece photogravure of the author at beginning of part 2, original printed wrappers bound in place). Later one-half black morocco leather, spine with two dark-red morocco labels lettered in gilt for the title and date and with seven pairs of gilt panel lines, over original dark blue leather-covered boards patterned in the shape of scales from butterfly wings, original French blue-marbled endpapers, 4to (295 x 233 mm). This authoritative work is the earliest monographic treatment of the Lepidoptera of Madagascar. Part 1 covers Rhopalocera, Heterocera: Sphinges et Bombyces and Part 2 covers Heterocera: Noctuae, Geometrae and Microlepidoptera. Many species new to science are described here. Small oval name stamp on the front wrapper of part 2, no other ownership marks and no signs of use. Very scarce. Front wrapper to part 2 shows some light soiling, all of the other wrappers, text and fine color plates are bright and clean as is the fine binding on this work; a tight and clean copy in near fine condition. $2,400
(15562) Saalmüller, M. Lepidopteren von Madagascar. Neue und weig bekannte Arten zumeist aus der Sammlung der Senckenberg'schen naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt am Main, 2 Parts, complete (bound in one volume). Frankfurt am Main: Im Selbstverlag der Gesellschaft, 1884-1891. First edition. Pp. (4), 531; 15 full page chromolithograph plates (1 ornate chromolithograph title page + 14 chromolithographs of butterflies and moths, designated I-XIV), frontispiece photogravure of the author at beginning of part 2). Recent one-half green morocco leather, spine with 5 raised bands, with red and black morocco title labels lettered in gilt, over English marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers, 4to (282 x 230 mm). This authoritative work is the earliest monographic treatment of the Lepidoptera of Madagascar. Part 1 covers Rhopalocera, Heterocera: Sphinges et Bombyces and Part 2 covers Heterocera: Noctuae, Geometrae and Microlepidoptera. Many species new to science are described here. Small rectangular stamp of Universität Basel at the top margin of the title page, no other ownership marks and no signs of use. Very scarce. A bright and clean copy in near fine condition. $1,850
(10795) Sakai, S. Butterflies of Afghanistan. Tokyo: Koudansha, 1981. First edition. Pp. 272, 48 full page fine color plates, 192 text-figures - 32 are in color. Original blind-stamped orange cloth, in the original cloth-backed color pictorial slipcase (and in the publisher's shipping carton which also has a color pictorial title/author label), lg 4to. Text in Japanese but with Latin names and some English phrases used throughout. The volume has high manufacturing standards and is extremely scarce. It is likely the most uncommon 20th century butterfly book - probably due to a print run of 500 or less copies. Fine copy in the original fine slipcase still in the publisher's pictorial shipping box. $1,000
(15173) Seitz, Adalbert. The Macrolepidoptera of the World, section I, volume 1: The Palaearctic Butterflies (Rhopalocera), text and plates, in two volumes, complete. Stuttgart: Verlag des Seitz'schen Werkes (Alfred Kernen), 1906. First edition. Pp. (11), 7-379; (6), 89 full page fine chromolithographic plates. Publisher's original one-half wine red morocco leather, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in 3 compartments and with gilt decorations, over light red cloth-covered boards, original French marbled endpapers, top page edge in gilt, sm folio (12.75 x 10 inches). Translated into English from the original German by K. Jordan. This is the rare first edition in English. The subtitle of this work reads: The Macrolepidoptera of the Palaearctic Fauna, volume 1. The Rhopalocera are the most beautiful butterflies in the northern hemisphere. The highly decorated red morocco binding is clearly a 'fine binding.' No ownership marks and no signs of use. Slight rubbing to the outer joints, some minor flecking to cloth to the front board of the plate volume; a tight, bright and clean copy in near fine condition. $1,850
(15456) Straelen, V. Van. Resultats Scientifiques du Voyage aux Indes Orientales Neerlandaises de Ll. Aa. Rr. le Prince et la Princesse Leopold de Belgique, Volume IV, fascicle 6 + 12: Lepidoptera I + II. Bruxelles: Musee Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique, 1932-1935. First edition. Pp. 99, 2 full-page foldout black-and-white plates, some text-figures; pp. 64, 11 full-page foldout black-and-white plates, some text-figures. Original printed gray wrappers, sm folio (13 x 10 inches). This work details the butterflies and moths of the East Indies now known as island Southeast Asia. Part I covers 10 different lepidopteron groups authored by ten different authorities. Part II covers 2 the Pyralidae by J. T. Janse and the Heterocera by W. H. T. Tams. The text is in French. From the series: Memoires du Musee Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique. Hors Serie, volume IV, fascicle 6 + 12. Ownership stamps on the front endpaper of each volume; no other markings. Errata sheet for part I is attached to inside of front wrapper. Wrappers on the spine are a little worn and chipped, edges of wrappers a little tanned; a tight and clean copy in very good condition. $75
(15611) Teiso, Esaki et al. Icones Heterocerorum Japonicorum in Coloribus Naturalibusm, in 2 volumes, complete. Osaka: Hoikusha Publishing, 1973. Second edition. Pp. xix, 318, (1), (4, ads); v, 304, (1); 136 full page color plates, 150+ text-figures and black-and-white photos. Publisher's original dark blue cloth, lettered in silver on the spine and front cover, and with a color pictorial inset of moths on the front cover, color pictorial dust jacket, 8vo. This is the revised second edition. This two-volume set presents complete coverage of the moths of Japan. The text is in Japanese but Latin names are used throughout. The table of contents is in Latin and there is a complete index to Latin names and a second index to Japanese common names. This is volumes 21 and 22 in the Hoikusha Nature in Color Encyclopedia series. No ownership marks. A fine copy in almost fine dust jackets. $110
(15612) Teiso, Esaki et al. Icones Heterocerorum Japonicorum in Coloribus Naturalibusm, volume 2 (of 2 volumes). Osaka: Hoikusha Publishing, 1981. Second edition. Pp. v, 304, (1); 72 color plates, 75+ text-figures and black-and-white photos. Publisher's original dark blue cloth, lettered in silver on the spine and front cover with a color pictorial inset of moths on the front cover, original ribbed clear dust jacket, in color pictorial card slipcase, 8vo. This is a reprint of the revised second edition. This volume covers the Homoneura and the Heteroneura - these include the large moths including the sphinx moths, luna moths, and others. The text is in Japanese but Latin names are used throughout. The table of contents is in Latin and there is a complete index to Latin names and a second index to Japanese common names. This is volume 22 in the Hoikusha Nature in Color Encyclopedia series. No ownership marks. A fine copy in a fine clear dust jacket, in a near fine card slipcase. $50
(17332) Wood, William. Index Entomologicus; or, a complete illustrated catalogue of the Lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain, containing 1944 figures of moths and butterflies, accurately engraved and carefully coloured after nature. London: Privately published by William Wood, 1845. Second printing. Pp. xii, 1-266, (1); with 54 hand-colored engraved plates illustrating 1,944 individual butterflies and moths. Later one-half tan calf leather, spine with five raised bands with red morocco title lettered in gilt label in one compartment, over attractive marbled boards and with matching marbled endpapers, lg 8vo (8.5 x 5.4 inches; 220 x 140 mm). The first printing of this work was published in 1839; this second printing was issued in 1845. The second printing was the final one that was published privately by the author. A later edition was issued in 1854 but that edition was edited by edited by J. O. Westwood and published by G. Willis, London-based publisher. This second printing contains a one-page errata sheet and a four-page list of subscribers; both follow the preface. No ownership marks. See also Nissen ZBI, 4458. Mild offsetting from some color plates onto the facing pages, one color plate with slight marginal foxing; a tight and clean copy in very good condition in a very attractively binding. $500
(16187) Wright, William G. The Butterflies of the West Coast of the United States. San Francisco: Whitaker and Ray Company, 1905. First edition. Pp. (14), 15-257, vii (index); frontispiece portrait of author, 32 full page color plates each with numerous images of butterflies - each with tissue-guard. Publisher's original wine red cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, sm 4to. This is the very rare first edition, published in 1905, of which less than 100 copies survived the great fire of 1906. According to web sources: "At the great fire in San Francisco, April 18, 1906, all of the items going to make up this book … consisting of everything in the printers' and binders' hands, and finished books in the custody of the publishers, all were destroyed. And as the stereotype plates from which the book was printed were lost with the rest, the book cannot be printed anew. Only a few dozen copies of the book were in the author's hands in another city at the time of the fire, and so were not burned". No ownership marks. A bright and clean copy in near fine condition. $450
(14145) Wynter-Blyth, M. A. Butterflies of the Indian Region. Bombay: Bombay Natural History Society, 1957. First Edition. Pp. xx, 523; 27 color plates and 45 black-and-white plates. Publisher's original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine, color pictorial dust jacket, lg 8vo. Still one of the best guides to the butterflies of south Asia. No ownership marks. Near fine copy in very good dust jacket. $100