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The Genera Vermium Exemplified By Various Specimens Of The Animals Contained In The Orders of the Intestina et Mollusca Linnæi. Drawn From Nature By James Barbut ...

James Barbut

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

Genera vermium. Part 1

Variant Title

Genres des Vers exemplifiés


London:: Printed For The Author By James Dixwell, In St. Martin's Lane. And Sold By John Sewell, Bookseller In Cornhill; B. White and Son, Fleet Street; and P. Elmsley in the Strand., M.DCC.LXXXIII

Physical Description

xx [i.e. xxii], 101, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., 11 hand-col. etch. pl. ; 26.6 cm. (4°).

General Note

Between pp. [xvi] and [xvii] is inserted a two-page 'Apology', with unnumbered recto and verso numbered 'ii'.
A second part of this work appeared in 1788 entitled The genera vermium of Linnaeus part 2d : Exemplified by several of the rarest and most elegant subjects in the orders of the testacea, lithophyta, and zoophyta animalia.


[Add. engr. t.-pl., t.-p.] - Preface - Apology - Index Alphabeticus Generum - Explicatio Tabularum - Description of the Ornaments which surround the Plates - Directions to the Binder - [Text, with pl.] - Index.

Responsibility Note

Plate 10 is signed as drawn and engraved by Jas. Barbut. All others are signed as drawn by Jas. Barbut and engraved by James Newton, apart from the added engraved title-plate, signed as engraved by T. Woodman and H. Mutlow, and Plate 6, signed as engraved by J. Taylor.

In the Apology Barbut states that, unable to procure some animals, he has turned to literary sources, and acknowledges the assistance of T. Pennant, Dr. Bohadsch, Seba and Mr J. Clancy, Master in the Royal Navy.


ESTC, T87001

Summary Note

A publication-date of 1783 is carried by title-page, title-plate and plate 1. But a date of 1784 is carried by an Apology, inserted between pages [xvi] and [xvii].

The French title is given on the added engraved title-plate: 'Les Genres des Vers exemplifiés par divers échantillons des Animaux contenus aux Ordres des Intestins et Mollusques de Linné. Dessinés d'après Nature par Jaques Barbut'. The text is in English and French throughout.

All plates (apart from the added title-plate) are hand-coloured.


A microfilm of this book was made by the British Library in 1989 (Neg. PB.Mic.C.9097).


Acquired between 1784 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Barbut's Genera Vermium'.


Worms - Molluscs - Animals
Manuals - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


James Dixwell, printer
John Sewell, bookseller
Peter Elmsley, bookseller
James Newton, engraver
T. J. Woodman, engraver
Henry Mutlow, engraver
J. Taylor, engraver

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