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MOSES HARIS - [Title page] Les Fleurs.

MOSES HARIS -  [Title page] Les Fleurs.
[Title page] Les Fleurs. - MOSES HARIS
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Title : [Title page] Les Fleurs..
Map maker : MOSES HARIS.
Date : London, 1840.
Size : 15.0 x 11.0 inches. / 38.0 x 28.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Charming title page from Moses Harris (17311785) from Moses Harris's 1840 edition of "The Aurelian, A Natural History of English Moths and Butterflies".
According to Lisney, author of A Bibliography of British Lepidoptera, Harris was "one of the most outstanding authors of entomological literature during the eighteenth century." This work is known as his best, presenting scientific ideas in highly artistic illustrations. It was originally published by Harris in 1766.
This title page is from a 1840 edition in which John O. Westwood updated the text. The illustrations, however, are from Harris's original work.
In response to claims that Harris plagiarized his work, Westwood included these comments in his 1840 edition: "It would be useless at the present day to say anything in praise of a work, which has been so long favorably known as "the Aurelian." That Harris took the idea from L'Admiral's work is certainly true, and that one or two of his figures of very rare insects are copied there from is admitted by Harris himself, but the grace with which he delineated the difficult and varied positions of insects whilst on the wing, the elegant arrangement of many of his plates, and above all the correctness of his figures, are a sufficient answer to the charge of plagiarism which has been brought against him." In the Natural System of Colours (1766) he examined the work of Isaac Newton and tried to reveal the multitude of colours which can be created from three basic ones. As a naturalist, Harris wished to understand the relationships between the colours, and how they are coded, and his book attempted to explain the principles, "materially, or by the painters art", by which further colours can be produced from red, yellow and blue. Harris showed what is now known as the subtractive mixing of colours, with his most important observation showing that black will be formed through the superimposition of the three basic colours. Harris also discovered petrified wood
The Art of Natural History p. 103-104.
Condition : Printed on thick paper. Size of paper 380x280mm.

ID: 31047

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