Moths and Butterflies of the United States, East of the Rocky Mountains  by Sherman F. Denton

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This time around we're highlighting the majesty of the butterfly. And not forgetting moths and silkworms and their kin, we've expanded to include the whole order of Lepidoptera. While a lot of insects get a bad rap and strike fear or revulsion into the hearts of humans, butterflies are largely beloved.

Perhaps it's because of the transformation they go through; from the humble caterpillar, to a cocoon, to emerging triumphant on wings, the process of becoming a butterfly has been used as metaphor for all sorts of human struggle. Or it could simply be that they're beautiful, with distinct markings, some subtle and muted, others gaudy and garishly colorful. But all are delicate and graceful, and make for a stunning array of exceptionally lovely collectible books, with lepidoptera-themed covers.

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25 Beautiful Butterfly-Themed Books

European Butterflies and Moths by W.F. Kirby
European Butterflies and Moths
W.F. Kirby
1882

$824.25 (sold)

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The Moth by James M. Cain
The Moth
James M. Cain
1948


$200.00

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Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long
Madame Butterfly
John Luther Long
1903


$75.00 (sold)

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Flight of a Moth by Emily Post
The Flight of a Moth
Emily Post
1922


$45.00 (sold)

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Sketches of British Insects by Rev W Houghton
Sketches of British Insects
Rev. W. Houghton
1875

$102.64 (sold)

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An Illustrated Natural History of Butterflies and Moths by Edward Newman
An Illustrated Natural History of Butterflies and Moths
Edward Newman
no date

$80.10 (sold)

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British Butterflies by W.S. Coleman
British Butterflies
W.S. Coleman
1897




$27.86 (sold)

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Birds and Butterflies by M.G. Musgraves
Birds and Butterflies
M.G. Musgraves
1889




$1000

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Butterflies and Moths by Theodore Wood
Butterflies and Moths
Theodore Wood
1910



$11.65 (sold)

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Every-Day Butterflies, A Group of Biographies by Samuel Hubbard Scudder
Every-Day Butterflies
Samuel Hubbard Scudder
1899

$75.00 (sold)

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Knowing Insects Through Stories by Floyd Burton Bralliar
Knowing Insects Through Stories
Floyd Burton Bralliar
1918


$59.88

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Butterfly and Moth Collecting: Where To Search and What To Do by George E. Simms
Butterfly and Moth Collecting
George E. Simms
1894


$68.42 (sold)

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Moths and Butterflies by Julia P. Ballard
Moths and Butterflies
Julia P. Ballard
1904


$22.08 (sold)

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Familiar Butterflies and Moths by W.F. Kirby
Familiar Butterflies and Moths
W.F. Kirby
1904

$38.60 (sold)

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The Silver Butterfly by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
The Silver Butterfly
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
1908


$8.50 (sold)

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A Woman of the World by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A Woman of the World
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
1906

$44.14 (sold)

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Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
Butterflies Worth Knowing
Clarence M. Weed
1922

$59.88 (sold)

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Insect Ways on Summer Days In Garden, Forest, Field, and Stream by Jennett Humphreys
Insect Ways
Jennett Humphreys
1900


$16.00 (sold)

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Insect Friends and Foes by F. Martin Duncan and L.T. Duncan
Insect Friends and Foes
F. Martin Duncan and L.T. Duncan
1900


$27.75 (sold)

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Insects - Their Life Histories and Habitats by Harold Bastin
Insects - Their Life Histories and Habitats
Harold Bastin
1913


$23.13 (sold)

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The Golden Butterfly by Walter Besant and James Rice
The Golden Butterfly
Walter Besant and James Rice
1876



$101.25 (sold)

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Butterflies by E.B. Ford
Butterflies
E.B. Ford
1945




$136.64

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Butterflies and Moths (Wonders of Insect Life) by F. Martin Duncan and L.T. Duncan
Butterflies and Moths (Wonders of Insect Life)
F. Martin Duncan and L.T. Duncan
1923

$23.13 (sold)

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