Figuier, Louis

The Insect World

  •  An attractive, late 19th-century prize-bound copy of this popular and copiously illustrated work on insects, originally published in 1868. The author, Louis Figuier, was a prominent French chemist and physician who devoted himself to writing popular science and published books on insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and oceans. This copy bears the bookplate of mathematician G. H. A Wilson, who was originally from Geelong, Australia and served as the Bursar, Treasurer, and then Master of Clare College, Cambridge between 1925 and 1939. This particular copy was sold by Mullens', one of Australia's earliest and most important bookshops.

  • Being a Popular Account of the Orders of Insects, together with a Description of the Habits and Economy of Some of the Most Interesting Species. A New Edition, Revised and Corrected by P. Martin Duncan. With 579 Illustrations. London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., [circa 1895]. Octavo (188 x 130 mm). Contemporary blue calf prize binding by C. Cross, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, red morocco labels, crest of the Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne in gilt to the upper board, double line rules gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Engraved frontispiece and illustrations throughout. Bookplate of G. H. A. Wilson, bookseller's ink stamp of S. Mullen, Melbourne. A little rubbed at the extremities, tail of spine bumped, some spotting to contents, particularly the title page. Very good condition.

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