Lewin, John William. PRODROMUS ENTOMOLOGY. Or, a Natural History of the Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales. Illustrated with Nineteen Plates. By John William Lewin, A.L.S. First published in 1805, re-issued in 1822 and now re-published by Edition Renard Melbourne 2007. 4to, Limited (Third) Edition, Deluxe Issue; pp. [ii](half-title, being a reproduction of the fly-title [i.e. Page 1] of the second edition, verso modern notes), [iv](modern title-page, verso publishing details, and modern Contents, verso blank), [ii](title-page to first edition, verso blank), vi(title-page to second edition, verso blank, Dedication, verso blank, and Preface), [vii-viii](Table of Contents [i.e. list of plates], verso blank, as issued in second edition only), [1]-20(the text, being a facsimile of the first edition, each leaf of text being faced by the plate from the second edition to which it refers), [21]-56(modern scientific names, commentary, acknowledgements and colophon); 19 fine coloured plates comprising frontispiece & 18 coloured plates, as issued in the second edition of 1822, plus plain interleaves as issued in the latter issues of the second edition; detailed historical and bibliographical commentary and census of known copies of the original editions, table of modern scientific names of the species depicted; finely bound in half brown natural leather, with specially commissioned hand-marbled sides to match the original publisher's binding, and printed title-label, spine with raised bands, titled in genuine gold, yellow tinted edges and marker ribbon; a fine copy. Melbourne; Edition Renard; 2007.
***One of 70 numbered copies (within a total edition of 212 copies) bound in an exact facsimile binding in the style of the later superior issue of the second edition, complete with plain interleaves and hand-marbled sides. This is the sixth publication from Edition Renard. Both the first and second editions of the original work are very rare, with only about 50 copies in total so far recorded. #30148

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