Illustrations of Exotic Entomology, Containing Upwards of Six Hundred and Fifty Figures and Descriptions of Figures Foreign Insects, Interspersed with Remarks and Reflections on Their

DRURY, Dru. J.[ohn] O[badiah]. Westwood, editor (1805-1893).
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1837. Profusely illustrated with 150 hand coloured plates (all present).
""New Edition"" (2nd.) of the original 1770-1787 publication ""brought down to the present state of the science with the systematic character of each species, synonyms, indexes, and other additional matter"". Three volumes. Considered the better and more accurate edition.
Quarto, three-quarter brown morocco lettered in gilt over dark green cloth covered boards. Some rubbing to covers, front endpapers of volume I cracked over hinge, occasional minor foxing on text pages, plates clean and crisp and colours strong.


Dru Drury (1725–1804) was a silversmith with a passion for entomology. His profitable business enabled him to spend significant amounts of money on his hobby and over a thirty year period he built up a famous collection of over 11,000 insect specimens. As well as collecting English insects, he acquired more ""exotic"" samples by persuading the officers of ships sailing to other continents and other travellers to collect insects on his behalf; for this they were paid 6d per insect 'whatever the size'.
Illustrations of natural history was published in three parts between 1770 and 1782. The illustrations were based on specimens in his collection. The hand-coloured copperplate engravings were beautifully executed by Moses Harris; he was responsible for illustrating several books of natural history by various authors, as well as his own works. Drury assures the reader in the preface that 'the utmost care and nicety has been observed, both in the outlines, and engraving. Nothing is strained, or carried beyond the bounds nature has set'.

His descriptions often lack scientific precision; but his notices of the libellulidæ and of the insects of Sierra Leone are specially valuable. Some of his papers came into Mr. Westwood's hands. Linnæus, Kirby, and Fabricius each held Drury in high estimation, and named insects after him. Together with Pallas, the younger Linnæus, and Haworth, they were wont to correspond with him. His 'Exotic Entomology' was in part translated into German, and annotated by G. W. F. Panzer, 1785. [Nissen 1160].

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