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WOOD (William). Index Entomologicus; or, A Complete Illustrated Catalogue, Consisting of 1944 Figures, of the Lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain.1839

London: [Privately Printed for] William Wood, First edition in book form, 8vo (215 x 135 mm), xii, iii, [1], 266pp., 54 hand-coloured engraved plates (each plate comprising of 36 specimens to make a total of 1944 illustrated), Latin names added in a neat contemporary hand, full red morocco, panels with a wide gilt tooled border, five raised bands, spine gilt extra, all edges gilt, a handsome copy. Originally issued in twenty-two parts between 1833 and 1838, this being the first issue to be published as a complete work. William Wood (1774-1857), zoologist and surgeon, was born in Kendal in 1774, and educated for the medical profession at St. Bartholomew's Hospital under John Abernethy. Turning his attention early to natural history, he became a fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 1798. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1812. Wood practised till 1815, when he entered into business as a bookseller in the Strand, dealing chiefly in works on natural history. Freeman, 4149; Nissen ZBI, 4458.

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