Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Liberally laced with contemporary quotations, this book brings to life the past three hundred years of butterfly study, with details of early societies, collecting equipment, biographies of 101 deceased lepidopterists, with portraits where available, as well as the chequered history in Britain of some 35 species of butterfly. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: This entertaining and informative book traces the history of butterfly collection in Britain from the seventeenth century, when the study of natural history had its beginnings. Our knowledge of butterflies is the result of four hundred years of collection and study. However, butterfly collecting is a controversial subject today, and given the present state of butterfly populations, indiscriminate gathering of specimens can no longer be justified.
In addition to giving a history of butterfly collecting in Britain, this beautifully illustrated volume describes the equipment used and gives brief biographies of 101 deceased lepidopterists. The book is generously laced with anecdotes and quotations, and includes many contemporary monochrome portraits, accounts of selected species of historical interest, and an appraisal of the effects of collecting and of current conservation policies. Appendixes list all the British and Irish butterflies with their earlier, often confusing, and sometimes fanciful vernacular names, and provide a chronological account of entomological societies, publications, and significant events in the canon of British entomology.
The Aurelian Legacy is a fascinating account of the men and women who have made valuable contributions to our knowledge of British butterflies and of their early and often complex history. It is not only a good read but also an excellent reference source for current and future lepidopterists as well as social historians.
Rezension: Although it has pained some professionals to admit it, gifted amateurs have done much to advance the cause of science. Perhaps nowhere is this more true, English physician Michael Salmon writes, than in the field of lepidopterology.
The figure of the eccentric butterfly collector is a staple of British comedy, and indeed, as Salmon shows, many early collectors offered easy targets as the very definition of eccentricity. Over the years, more and more ordinary men and women came to share their passion for nature study, so that, by Victorian times, households throughout Britain "boasted a cabinet of shells, butterflies, or fossils, together with a series of George Routledge's shilling volumes on natural history, or a book of newspaper cuttings from the weekly 'nature' column." By the late 19th century, the fields and woods were crowded with collectors, so many that the numbers of butterfly species like the Large Blue, Black-veined White, and Large Tortoiseshell were considerably thinned. (They and many other species are now extinct or nearly so, Salmon writes, though not through the fault of collectors.) Some collectors were indeed mere hobbyists, but field notes and reports by amateurs formed an essential record for more formal scientific descriptions of range, behavior, and other aspects of lepidopteran natural history.
In a series of essays, Salmon offers a history of butterfly collecting in Britain, describes some 35 species of particular historical or biological interest (including the wayward North American monarch and the remarkable Camberwell Beauty, "the Holy Grail of British butterfly collectors"), and profiles more than a hundred prominent "Aurelians," or butterfly collectors, from 1550 to the present. His handsomely illustrated book, brimming with lore and trivia on such matters as the first recorded use of the butterfly net and the origin of butterfly names in English, makes lively reading--and an ideal gift--for Aurelians today. --Gregory McNamee
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, Great Horkesley, Colchester, 2000. Cloth. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Slightly worn and frayed. First Edition. Illustrated, quarto, pp 432, very clean internally, blue cloth, the lower corners slightly bumped, in a dustwrapper which is rather frayed along the top margin, and with a tear at the base of its spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 010545
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, London, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Dust wrapper lightly marked, edges busty, clean and unmarked internally. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000968
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, United Kingdom, 2000. Large Format Hardback. Buchzustand: Very Good +. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good +. 432pp, bw & col illus. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 14463
Buchbeschreibung Harley., 2000. Buchzustand: fine. Hard Cover. Book- Near fine. Dj- Good, spine sunned. 11x8.5. 432pp. Colour frontis, 41 colour plates, 162 b/w illus, illus endpapers. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1160013
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, Colchester, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 432pp hardback, blue boards gilt, decorated end-papers, in wrapper, 4to, well illustrated, very good in a very good wrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 031344
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, 2000. Hardback. Buchzustand: Fine. No Jacket. First edition.. 1st 2000. Nearly fine condition with no wrapper. British butterflies and their collectors. Large format. Blue boards, gilt title to spine. Blue pictorial endpapers. Colour plates and b/w illustrations. 432 pages. Corners bumped else a fine review copy including the review letter from publisher. [S]. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1803083
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, Colchester, 2000. HARDCOVER. Buchzustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New. 1st Edition. Very Heavy Quarto size (4to). in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine., 432pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc . . . . . [ CONDITION : NEW copy in NEW unclipped Dust Jacket ] . . . . . . . . . . . NOTE Due to size and/or weight standard shipping to destinations outside the UK will cost more than the price shown above. Orders made by card will be completed after you have approved the extra cost. Buchnummer des Verkäufers TEH40044
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, 2000. 0946589402, 2000. 11" x 8.5". hardback with dustwrapper. 432 pages. many black + white and some colour photographs and illustrations. excellent condition. near fine/ near fine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 12010
Buchbeschreibung Great Horkesley Colchester Essex: Harley Books, 2000. 27.5 x 21 cm. 432 pp. Numerous text illustrations including full colour plates of butterflies from paintings and photographs. Original green papered boards; gilt spine title. Dustwrapper. ISBN 0-946589-40-2. First edition. Fine / Fine (a new copy which is in stock). A heavy book, so please contact me for postal charge. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 5231
Buchbeschreibung Harley Books, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 10.87 X 8.35 X 1.26 inches. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 24842