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    Sherman F. Denton. Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. Boston: J. B. Millet Company, [1900].

    Ex-library. One of a limited edition of 500 copies with butterfly wings transferred to the plates. Two octavo volumes. 361 pages plus numerous color plates.

    Publisher's crimson cloth with gilt spine titles. Perforated library stamps, stickers, ink stamping, library bookplates, and handwritten ink notations present. Amateur tape repair to the beginning of the textblock of Volume I. A number of loose pages in both volumes. Overall, the books are in good condition, fit for either rebinding or sale by individual color plate.

    Denton describes his process as follows: "The colored plates, or Nature Prints, used in the work, 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 engraving and afterward colored by hand." Most mountings are of upper and lower sides of the insect mounted on the same side of the page. Tissue paper was used as the mounting vehicle, then mounted on the boards. Each specimen could be used only once, so the author had to acquire 500 perfect specimens of each species to prepare this limited edition (over 50,000 specimens by the author's count).


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