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AN INTRODUCTION TO THEIR
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, ARCHITECTURE,
GENERAL NATURAL HISTORY,
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE DIFFERENT SPECIES AND THEIR NESTS.
EDWARD LATHAM ORMEROD, M.D.,
CAIUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;
FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS;
LONGMANS, GREEN, READER, AND DYER.
"Neat was their house; each table, chair, and stool,
CRABBE'S TALES, "The Frank Courtship."
Leland Stanford, Jr.
HARRISON AND SONS, PRINTERS IN ORDINARY TO HER MAJESTY,
ST. MARTIN'S LANE.
WASPS have been my holiday companions for many years; and wasps and wasps' nests have occupied much of the time which was forbidden to more serious employments. Beginning with an inquiry into the nature of wasp-paper, one question has led on to another, till the detached observations have insensibly grown into a continuous Natural History.
I feel that I may point with entire satisfaction to the figures of the several species, of the excellency and accuracy of which Mr. Robinson's name is a guarantee to all Entomologists. And of the beautiful drawings of the nests, by my wife's pencil, I am sure that there can be but one opinion, in accordance with my own. The wood-engravings and graphotypes want the perfect finish which can only be given by a practised hand, but I must plead that they convey my meaning more exactly than an artist working at a distance could have expressed.
If the mode in which these observations have been collected has impressed itself too strongly on the book; if it appear only too plainly that while professing to teach others I am but a learner myself; if the space devoted to the different topics seems to have been proportioned less to their actual importance than to the interest of the passing hour; and