Henry Noel Humphreys

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Henry Noel Humphreys (1810–1879),[1] was a British illustrator, naturalist, entomologist, and numismatist.

Humphreys, who studied medieval manuscripts in Italy as a young man, became an accomplished scholar in numerous subjects. In addition to his entomological texts, Humphreys wrote works on ancient Greek and Roman coins, archaeology, and the art of writing and printing.[2]


  • A Record of the Black Prince. A Series of original passages from the chroniclers relating to the career and exploits of Edward the Black Prince; enriched with highly-wrought illuminations from different Manuscripts referring to the history of the period. In a carved and pierced binding. London: Longman and Co, 1850.
  • British Moths and Their Transformations. With John Obadiah Westwood London: William Smith, 1843-1845. 2 Volumes.
  • The Parables of Our Lord.. New York: D. Appleton, 1848. London: Longman and Co, 1847.
  • The Miracles of Our Lord. 1848.
  • The Coins of England. William Smith, London. 1848.
  • Maxims and Precepts of the Saviour.
  • The Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages, (large folio): a Series of Magnificent Specimens, of the size of the originals, from the finest illuminated MSS. From the 4th to the 17th Century. London Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849.
  • The Book of Ruth. London, Longman and Co, 1850.
  • Art of Illumination. (18 ) - a manual on the technique of illumination. It contains high-quality chromolithographs, some printed in fourteen different colors. It is bound in white leather with a chromolithograph paper label inset into the binding and lined with gold.
  • The Butterfly Vivarium., or Insect Home: Being an Account of a New Method of Observing the Curious Metamorphoses of Some of the Most Beautiful of Our Native Insects, Comprising also a Popular Description of the Habits and Instincts of Many of the Insects of the Various Classes Referred to, with Suggestions for the Successful Study of Entomology by Means of an Insect Vivarium. London: William Lay, King William Street, Strand, 1853.
  • The Coinage of the British Empire.: An outline of the Progress of the coinage in Great Britain and her dependencies, from the earliest period to the present time. Published David Bogue, Fleet Stteet, 1855 with plates worked in gold silver & copper.
  • Ancient Coins: being a concise account of the origin of the art of coining, its early progress, highest development, and its gradual decay with the decline of the Roman Empire. Illustrated by a number of specimens in relief, in gold, silver and copper, in positive facsimile of the originals. Grant & Griffith, 1850.


  1. ^ See Humphreys, Henry Noel, in Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 28.
  2. ^ Mellby, Julie L. "Humphreys' Papier-Mâché Bindings". Graphic Arts. Princeton University Library. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Victorian Books British Library
  • British Moths and Their Transformations at NCSU
  • Biolib Stuger Scans of British Moths and Their Transformations.
  • BHL British butterflies and their transformations : arranged and illustrated in a series of plates by H.N. Humphreys ; with characters and descriptions by J.O. Westwood.London :William Smith,1841.
  • BHLThe genera and species of British butterflies : described and arranged according to the system now adopted in the British Museum; illustrated by plates, in which all the species and varieties are represented, accompanied by their respective caterpillars, and the plants on which they feed. London :T.J. Allman [1860?]
  • BHL The genera of British moths : popularly described and arranged according to the system now adopted in the British Museum : illustrated by a series of picturesque plates, exhibiting the insects in their different stages London :Paul Jerrard & Sons [ca. 1860].
  • Works by Henry Noel Humphreys at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Henry Noel Humphreys at Internet Archive