"It's the aim of the present work to represent our native butterflies and moths not as dried and mutilated specimens in a cabinet, with pins stuck to them, nor as dissected fragments for scientific clarification, but as one sees them in our woods and fields, fresh and lovely."
We are delighted to have got our hands on our own original edition of Sherman F. Denton's epic Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains (1900). Marvel at the incredible direct transfers from the butterflies themselves. The bodies are printed from engravings and colored by hand. In order to create the 500 editions Denton and his team had to collect ten's of thousands of butterflies. Conservation was not uppermost in people's minds at this time.