"Butterflies of Peninsular India" represents the first fascicle in this series. This important new work of reference is also a joy to look at and a pleasure to read, combining comprehensiveness, consistency of style and beauty to this degree. Ancillary information on distribution, ecology and behaviour will help design field exercises and projects focussing on first-hand observations of living organisms. This essential source of visual and factual reference is an indispensable book for everyone who cares about nature, and will stimulate popular interest in the broader spectrum of India's biological wealth.
Shaped by its richly diverse cultural heritage and by immensely significant historical events, the Indian subcontinent holds a unique place in world civilization. Perhaps no era is more relevant to our understanding of how present-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh came to be than the nearly two centuries of British rule, beginning in 1757, during which India emerged as the most valuable colony of any empire in history. This was a period of seminal transformation and change—for the subcontinent, for Britain, and for the world.