MORRIS, Francis Orpen. A History of British Butterflies
London, John C. Nimmo, 1890.
Large 8vo, pp. viii, 184, 72 hand-coloured plates plus 2 uncoloured. Original blue buckram over boards, gilt-stamped centrepiece, with butterflies on a leafy branch, within blind-stamped frame. Spine with gilt-tooled decorations, worn and defective, joints loose and starting, still holding firm though. Covers rubbed to edges. Title-page lightly soiled; previous owner’s name to top corner of tp: “Raymond W. Pearce / from W. Hunt, 1909”. Text and images very clean throughout. Sixth edition. No foxing to the plates. A very clean copy.
Francis Orpen Morris (1810 –1893) was an Irish clergyman, with an interest in ornithology and entomology and published popular works in both subjects.