Kirby, William and William Spence
Title An Introduction to Entomology or Elements of the Natural History of Insects [with plates]
Book Condition Used: Acceptable
Publisher London, England Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green 1828
Seller ID 266936
The fifth edition of the first popular book on entomology in English. Published in 4 volumes. Text and plates are collated, complete. Text blocks, including endpapers, are in good condition. All but 3 boards (of 8) are missing; all spines are gone. Great opportunity for rebinding.Kirby was an English entomologist, an original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, as well as a country priest, making him an eminent parson-naturalist. He is considered the "founder of entomology". William Spence became interested in entomology when he was 22 and immediately began a correspondence with leading entomologist William Kirby. Together they wrote Introduction to Entomology, published in four volumes between 1815 and 1826, the first popular book on entomology in English.