London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, circa 1885.
Hardcover. This butterfly-bedecked beauty is the perfect companion for a long day out of doors, introducing many varieties of caterpillars and butterflies, bees, wasps and hornets, gnats, grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, doodlebugs, ants, termites, may-flies, dragon-flies, flies, beetles, praying mantis, and spiders. The author remains mysterious, credited as "one of the authors of 'Poems Written for a Child,'" either one of the sisters Menella Bute Smedley or Elizabeth Anna (Smedley) Hart, both writers and both relatives of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. Exuberantly illustrated on nearly every page, this Victorian insect guide for children glimmers with beauty and story and fact about the many, winged creature-companions who share with us the earth and skies.
8 3/4" X 6 7/8". viii, 9-192pp, 8pp ads. Royal blue cloth over boards, with caterpillars and butterflies stamped in black and gilt to upper board and spine, lettered in kind. Moderate wear to binding, with tears to head and tail of spine, dimming to gilt at spine, corners turned in edgewear, and lean to spine. All edges gilt. Endpapers appear to have been replaced with fine laid paper. Rear hinge starting to crack. Binding is firm and sound. Foxing to preliminaries, else pages clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout on nearly every page. Good. Item #5957