British Butterflies: A History in Books

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Drawing on over six hundred publications, including Thomas Moffett’s The Theatre of Insects, published in 1634, and modern-day guides and scientific resources, David Dunbar’s unique and expansive book is the first to trace a four hundred year history of the appearance and discussion of British butterflies in books.

 British Butterflies: A History in Books opens with a brief account of the growing interest in butterflies in the sixteenth century that led amateur naturalists ...

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Overview

Drawing on over six hundred publications, including Thomas Moffett’s The Theatre of Insects, published in 1634, and modern-day guides and scientific resources, David Dunbar’s unique and expansive book is the first to trace a four hundred year history of the appearance and discussion of British butterflies in books.

 British Butterflies: A History in Books opens with a brief account of the growing interest in butterflies in the sixteenth century that led amateur naturalists to collect and publish their observations. Dunbar then examines the entire spectrum of butterfly-related literature, from the earliest discovery and naming of butterflies in the British Isles to contemporary scientific works on ecology and conservation. Throughout, British Butterflies: A History in Books is illustrated with color reproductions of fine prints from old butterfly and insect books, images of lepidopterists’ collecting equipment and other scientific artifacts, and examples of distribution mapping techniques.

Concisely written and beautifully illustrated, British Butterflies: A History in Books is a wonderful addition to the history of the book and a striking look at one of nature’s most delicate and ephemeral creatures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780712350969
  • Publisher: British Library, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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David Dunbar is a lepidopterist, writer, photographer and antiquarian bookseller. His previous publications include Saving Butterflies: A Practical Guide to the Conservation of Butterflies in Great Britain and Ireland, and he was the editor of Glorious Butterflies and their Flora.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by R I Vane-Wright Acknowledgements Introduction

Section 1   Butterflies and Books
1    Awareness of Butterflies
2    The Manufacture and Publication of Books
3    Sources of Reference and Classification
Section 2   The 17th and 18th Centuries: The Golden Age of Discovery
4    Great Lepidopterists and Illustrators
Section 3   The 19th Century: Collectors and Scientists
5    Broadening the Horizons
6    Science and Systematic Study
7    Books for the People
8    Collecting and Fieldwork
9    Books for Children
10  19th Century Footnotes
Section 4   The 20th and 21st Centuries: Towards Conservation
11  From 1900 to 1945
12  From 1946 to 1979
13  1980 Onwards
14  Conservation and Practical Fieldwork
15  County and Regional Histories
16  Books for Beginners and Younger Readers
Section 5   Butterflies in Other Contexts
17  Art and Romance

Epilogue Index

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