DRURY (DRU) Illustrations of Natural History. Wherin are exhibited... Figures of Exotic Insects, vol. 1 and 2 (of 3)

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Lot 169
DRURY (DRU)
Illustrations of Natural History. Wherin are exhibited... Figures of Exotic Insects, vol. 1 and 2 (of 3)

Sold for £ 1,800 (US$ 2,199) inc. premium
DRURY (DRU)
Illustrations of Natural History. Wherin are exhibited... Figures of Exotic Insects, vol. 1 and 2 (of 3), text in English and French, 100 hand-coloured engraved plates by and after Moses Harris, one uncoloured engraved schematic plate, occasional light browning, contemporary calf, rebacked in maroon morocco, scuffed, 2 covers detached [Nissen ZBI 1160], 4to, for the Author, sold by B. White, 1770-1773

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  • Includes fine colour plates by Moses Harris, author of Aurelian and Exposition of English Insects. Harris "insisted on maintaining at all times a high standard of accuracy in his engraving and colouring and in a letter sent to him in 1770 by Dru Drury, whose Illustrations of Natural History was then in preparation, Harris is severely castigated by the impatient author for delay in completing the plates for issue at the required time." (Lisney, A Bibliography of British Lepidoptera)
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