Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1900.
Limited to 500 copies (no. 230). Complete in eight sections in the original wrappers. With over 400 photographic illustrations, including over 100 with transfers of species from life - ACTUAL WINGS. The eight sections are housed in four pull-off cases in full black crushed morocco by The Rose Bindery, Boston. The spines are in six panels with gilt titles and a series of rules within, the covers with a similar series of border rules and with gilt cornerpieces of moths. Fine. Pages mostly unopened. Beautiful solander cases by a distinguished bindery. Item #21459
Actually 107 specimens were used displaying upper sides and under sides, so 214 wings were employed in the work.
Some of the text blocks are loose within the wrapper. Section eight contains the front matter for each section that would be used if the volumes were to be bound: title pages, lists of illustrations, prefaces, limitation statements.
"New methods of printing color, often too difficult to be practical, were sometimes undertaken by enthusiasts. Denton says the plates in this book 'are direct transfers from the insects themselves; that is to say, the scales of the wings of the insects are transferred to the paper while the bodies are printed from engravings and afterward colored by hand... I have had to make over fifty thousand of these transfers for the entire edition, not being able to get anyone to help me who would do the work as I desired it done... I will say, however, that there never was a laborer more in love with his work....'" (Reese. Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books, no. 107.).