An epitome of the natural history of the insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite, and other islands in the Indian, Southern, and Pacific oceans : including the figures and descriptions of one hundred and fifty-three species of the more splendid, beautiful, and interesting insects, hitherto discovered in those countries, and which for the most part have not appeared in the works of any preceding author. The figures are correctly delineated from specimens of the insects; and with the descriptions are arranged according to the Linnæan system, with reference to the writings of Fabricius and other entomologists / by E. Donovan
Issued as one of three volumes that together make up pt. 1 of Donovan's General illustration of entomology.
A dedicatory leaf for Sir Joseph Banks is bound in following the series t.p.
"T. Bensley, printer, Bolt Court, Fleet Street"--Verso of t.p.
"At the commencement of this work one volume was professedly undertaken to afford the English naturalist a more competent idea of the entomology of China than had been hitherto produced .... This was succeeded by a second volume, which related exclusively to the insects of India, and the islands in the contiguous seas .... The present volume, which we regard as the third of the intended series, is appropriated solely to the entomology of New Holland, New Zealand, Otaheite, and other adjacent islands, comprising with the two preceding a general epitome of the insects of Asia ..."--Advertisement, p. [iii] (2nd group).
Hagen, H.A. Bib. entomologica, p. 177
Musgrave, A. Bib. of Australian entomology, p. 71
Daniels, G. Bib. of Australian entomology, v. 1, p. 315
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SCNHRB copy 39088013405980 has a contemporary marbled half-leather binding with paper boards, a gilt-tooled spine, and green edges.
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Physical description: , iv,  p.,  leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Place: New Zealand
Place: French Polynesia
Place: Tahiti (Island)
Place: New Guinea
Title: Donovan's Epitome of the insects of New Holland DSI
Title: Natural history of the insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite, and other islands in the Indian, Southern, and Pacific oceans