ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SPECIES OF THE GENUS CATOCALA, by Barnes & McDunnough - 1918 [v.3;pt.1: Butterflies]


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Illustrations of the North American Species of the Genus Catocala

by Wm. Barnes and J. McDunnough

Series: Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History Volume III, Part I

Volume 3, Part I. New York: The American Museum of Natural History, 1918.

Softback is overall in VERY GOOD  condition.

  • Volume is overall well preserved showing mild to moderate overall aging and wear.
  • Book was recased, yet original covers have been maintained, affixed over yapped wraps. 
  • Original covers exhibit overall toning as well as a circular 1.25" x 1.25" stain on lower right part of front. (See photos)
  • Spine displays minimal aging.
  • Binding is secure, with hinges showing some binding glue from recasing, a little more at back.  (See photos)
  • Plate pages are well preserved and display gentle overall toning.
  • Interior is gently age-toned throughout.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Some text pages are not cut to be read. (See photos)
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190626

47 text pages + plate pages. 11.25 x 14.5 inches.

These Memoirs contain a fascinating collection of illustrations and information on the North American Species of the genus Catocala, a species of butterfly that comprises more than 250 known species, less than half of which are found in America. Information includes an elaborate description of each species that will make them easily recognizable to the scholar, as well as the habitat in which to encounter them.

Volume includes detailed informative text as well as 22 plates, some of which are in full color, at end of volume, with full captions. 

James Halliday McDunnough (1877-1962) launched his career as a butterfly expert by helping the surgeon William David Barnes with his extensive collection of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). They cataloged and published a number of books together. This Canadian entomologist went on to make significant contributions to the study of insects, and is also particularly renown for his work in the field of Ephemeroptera (dragonflies and damselflies). McDunnough's first career was as a violinist, and he also worked as a marine biologist before finding his life's work.

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