Maps & Celestial
||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).
Click here to see our collection of these prints - Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies
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