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Edward Donovan - Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies

Edward Donovan c. 1792-1813
The Natural History of British Insects
hand colored copperplate engravings
approx. size 5-1/2" by 9-1/4"

Edward Donovan (1768 - 1837) became very interested in natural history as a youth. Having apparently inherited wealth, he was free to indulge his passion as a naturalist, and between 1792 and 1826 financed the publication of over 35 volumes on British and other birds, fishes, shells, insects and quadrupeds. These beautiful copperplate engravings on Whatman paper, with original hand color, are from Donovan's The Natural History of British Insects, published c. 1792-1813.

These prints were acquired as a loose collection of plates, thus no descriptive text is available; however, a photocopy of the title page will be provided. The names have been authenticated from other authoritative resources. One edge is slightly uneven where the print was attached to the book, but this will not affect framing. Each measures approximately 5-1/2' by 9-1/4."

Other works contemporary with the Donovan Insects which are the same size, on the same paper, and of the same high quality, and which thus can be mixed and combined in a framed grouping with these Donovan insect prints include: Shaw & Nodder, "The Naturalists Miscellany" (1789 - 1813) and Edward Donovan's own later "Naturalists Repository" (1823-26).

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