Butterflies and Moths (British)

  • By W. Furneaux, F.R.G.S.
  • With twelve coloured plates and numerous illustrations in the text
  • Longmans, Green, and Co., London, New York and Bombay, 1905
  • Book: 198mm x 142mm x 38mm
  • Box: 222mm x 222mm x 80mm
Full leather binding, sewn on three tapes, covered in brown goatskin
The leather is embroidered over coloured leather onlays with silk threads using a variety of different embroidery stitches
The butterflies have carbon-tooled antennae
There are brass "pins' inserted through the book boards, as if holding the butterflies in place
The endpapers and doublures are patterned with ink, watercolours, coloured pencils and sewn detail
The endpapers doublures are also pierced with a scalpel, with the cut out pieces glued elsewhere on them
The original gilt edge has been retained

Tulip wood box which has been routed, mitred and glued
Acrylic window inset into the top of the box to view paper butterflies, like an entomological specimen tray

Description of design

This book contains twelve wonderful hand-coloured plates of British butterflies. Each butterfly that appears on the cover is from inside the text block and is numbered with hand-tools, as if in an entomological tray. The endpapers and doubures were designed to look like a close up of a butterfy wing, mirroring eachother as in nature. I pierced holes in them to add a fragility.
The box contains more butterflies in it's lid and is designed to be like an entomological specimen box in a museum and uses tacks to hold the butterflies in place. There is a key to the book and box butterflies in the box lid.