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Les Genres Des Insectes De Linné; Constatés Par Divers Échantillons D'Insectes D'Angleterre, Copiés D'Après Nature. Par J. Barbut. [Epigraph]

James Barbut

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Genera Insectorum of Linnæus Exemplified By Various Specimens Of English Insects


À Londres,: Imprimé Par Jacques Dixwell, Dans St. Martin's Lane; Et Se Vend Au Profit De L'Auteur Chez J. Sewell, Libraire, Dans Cornhill., M. DCC.LXXXI.

Physical Description

[ii], xvii, [iii], 371, [1], [xx] p., add. engr. t.-pl., 22 pl. (2 dble. and fold.); , 265 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

Plate 21 is unnumbered.


[Add. engr. t.-pl., t.-p.] - List Of Subscribers; Errata Et Desiderata - Preface - Index Alphabeticus Generum - [Text, with pl.] - Index; Directions to the Binder.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and most plates are signed as drawn by Jas. Barbut and engraved by Jas. Newton.

Each plate - including the title-plate but excluding plate [21] - carries the publisher's imprint of Barbut.


ESTC, T87004

Summary Note

The publication-date given on the title page as 1781 is also carried by plate 22 - 'Feby. 9; 1781'. The title-plate and all plates except plate [21], which is undated, carry the date of February 9 1780.

An English title is given on the added engraved title-plate: 'The Genera Insectorum of Linnæus Exemplified By Various Specimens Of English Insects drawn from Nature by James Barbut'. The text is in English and French throughout.

The last two plates are double and folding, and are the only ones which are not coloured.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Presented by the author; gift acknowledged 5 November 1781 (RA Council Minutes I, 310).

Copy Note

Imperfect; wanting plate 10.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'English Insects By Barbut', spine lettered '1781'.


Insects - Entomology - Animals - Great Britain - History
Manuals - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


James Dixwell, printer
John Sewell, bookseller
James Newton, engraver
Carl Linnaeus
James Barbut, publisher, previous owner, donor

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