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Butterflies and Moths, XXXI: Moses Harris 1840

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  • Author: Moses Harris
  • Date: 1840
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 9 1/4" x 12"
  • Centimeters: 23.72 x 30.77
  • Product ID: 002333

From The Aurelian: or, Natural History of English Insects; namely, Moths and Butterflies. Together with the plants on which they feed and their standard names, as given and established by the Society of Aurelians. Drawn, engraved and coloured, from the natural Subjects themselves. Moses Harris (1766) 1840.

Moses Harris (1731-1785) was an English entomologist and engraver, and one of the outstanding authors of entomological literature during the 18th century (Lisney). Harris drew from live specimens, and his plates are among the most beautiful of their kind, showing dorsal and ventral views of all the subjects, together with various stages of development (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis), each with their preferred food. First published in 1766, the Aurelian went through many editions. Our plates are from an 1840 edition.