New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton-Hall, 1851. Numerous illustrations. First Thus. Decorated and gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo, decorative bind-stamped & gilt-embossed green cloth, illustrated with numerous depictions of insect life, 320 pages. Near fine. Item #17
Superb decorative edition of a charming, amusing, and informative mid-19th century American overview of insect life.
Author's pseudonym adopts the scientific feminine Latin name of the common House Cricket "Acheta Domesticus/-a,"
Pictorial gilt on cover consists of a gilded and centrally seated "Jimminy Cricket" with finger raised and book on knee. The cricket is seated beneath a spider web and surrounded by insect-filled vegetation. Tissue gard protects frontispiece of butterflies, which has some foxing, as is typical.
Published in the same year--1851--as the First Edition in Boston by B.B. Mussey & Co.
Slightly cocked; cloth a bit faded; very light foxing affecting a few pages and illustrations. One tiny (1/16") loss to upper corner of last page. Overall, a remarkable and pretty copy.