very specific subject, with maps
There is no getting around the fact that this is a book with a very narrowly focused subject. But it is certainly not without interest, even to someone who is not an aficionado of gypsy moths. It describes the spread of an invasive species. It is written in a more personal style than contemporary scientific books or articles. It is full of period terms like "channel steamer" and "infested territory" that can be fun and interesting to read. There are several b&w images, including from photos, from line drawings, what look like etchings, one color plate of moth stages in soft yellows and browns, and a nice fold-out map of New England with one color in specific counties scattered across five states. Most of the drawings or etchings are of various stages in the development of the moth and related species of insects. Most of the photographs are of people involved in the studies, including group snapshots and photos of scientists while at work using various contraptions or containment approaches. Might be an interesting source for a period novelist or an artist, as well as of interest to an entomologist in the field or historian of science.