New York: The Macmillan Company, 1897.
First Edition. Hardcover. This bug and beetle-bedecked 1897 first edition of Life Histories of American Insects is the work of the New England naturalist, entomologist, and botanist Clarence Moores Weed (1864-1947), author of Butterflies Worth Knowing among many other books on nature study. Swarming with illustrations, including a frontispiece and 19 plates, as well as 94 black and white vignettes throughout, this book truly holds a bounty of interest for entomologists of all levels and is truly as beautiful and visually interesting as it is informative. Contents: A Family of Water-Kings, The Toothed-Horned Fish-Fly (say that three times fast), Tiger-Beetles and Their Lavae, The Click-Beetles, The Black Crickets, The Eggs in the Raspberry Canes, The Walking-Stick, The American Locust or Bird Grasshopper, The Moulting of a Grasshopper, The Army-Worm, The Cecropia Emperor Moth, The Apple-Leaf Crumpler, The Apple-Leaf Skeletonizer, The Oak-Leaf Miner, The Apple-Leaf Tent-Miner, The Apple-Leaf Trumpet-Miner, The Milkweed Caterpillar or Monarch Butterfly, Sand-Wasps and Their Victims, The White-Faced Hornet, The Microgaster Flies, The Parasite of the Spotted Ladybird-Beetle, The Plant-Lice Parasites, The Tachinid Parasites, The Hibernation of Aphides, The Ground-Spiders, and A Long-Legged Race.
7 3/4" X 5 1/4". xii, 272pp, plus 4pp ads. Ex libris Experiment Station Library, with their bookplate to front pastedown. Bound in full brown cloth, with leaves outlined in dark brown and bugs and beetles of all kinds stamped in dark brown and emerald green on all sides. Moderate to heavy wear to binding, with corners turned in, bumping and small tears to head and tail of library-labeled spine, lean to spine, and some light toning and soiling to cloth. Inner hinges, starting to crack, have been reinforced with binder's glue and are now firm. Pages smell musty but are otherwise clean and unmarked. Illustrated in frontispiece and 19 plates as well as 94 black and white vignettes throughout. Good. Item #6652