FIGUIER, Louis ~ The Insect World: Being a Popular Account of the Orders of Insects, Together with a Description of the Habits and Economy of Some of the Most Interesting Species.
London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, Limited. No date. [c1888]
A New Edition, Revised and Corrected by P. Martin Duncan. With 579 Illustrations. Octavo (188 x 130 mm). No date [c1888, from catalogue at rear]. Pp. 538 (incl. Index). With b/w frontis. of The Dragon-Fly and text illustrations, some full page. Original brown cloth with gilt and black lettering. Black decoration to boards and gilt butterfly to upper board. Spine slightly darkened and a couple of small marks to lower board. Some occasional light foxing to page fore edges and very occasionally throughout, otherwise a very good bright clean sound copy.
The contents includes chapters on; Aptera; Diptera (Nemocera, Brachycera); Hemiptera (Heteroptera, Homoptera); Lepidoptera (The Larva, or Caterpillar; The Chrysalis, or Pupa; The Perfect Insect); Orthoptera; Hymenoptera; Neuroptera; Colloptera.
First published in 1868, the author,Louis Figuier (1819-894), was a French scientist and writer and became Professor of chemistry at L'Ecole de pharmacie of Montpellier. He later devoted himself to the writing of popular Science.