This first edition, originally hand-colored entomology engraving is from Moses Harris’s The Aurelian: or Natural History of English Insects; Namely Moths & Butterflies. The work was published in London by the author in 1766. Harris was an important entomological author, and first edition engravings from his Aurelian are exceedingly rare. The work is considered ‘a timeless classic’ and the ‘most celebrated of all the early books about butterflies and moths.’ (Salmon)