A treat for insect enthusiasts, natural historians and art lovers alike, the Dr. Ronald B. Madge Entomology Collection comprises hundreds of rare and antiquarian entomological texts. Many of these volumes are richly illustrated with diagrams, paintings, and naturalistic representations of insect life, each demonstrating the close connection between scientific inquiry and artistic representation.
Shown below are two particularly exquisite examples of insect illustration from the Madge Collection.
Detail of a beetle by Charles Haury from his Histoire des carabes (ca. 1885; call no. QL 596 C2 H36 1885). This manuscript is full of hand-drawn, hand-painted illustrations of astonishing detail and delicacy. (Note the fine inkwork on the unfinished antenna.)
Our copy of James Stephens’s Systematic Catalogue of British Insects (1829; call no. QL 482 G7 S83 1829) is full of hand-painted marginal illustrations in ink and watercolour, presumably added by the book’s former owner.