American Entomology. Or Descriptions of the Insects of North America. Illustrated by Coloured Figures From Original Drawings Executed From Nature.
Say, Thomas.

American Entomology. Or Descriptions of the Insects of North America.  Illustrated by  Coloured Figures From Original Drawings Executed From Nature.

Philadelphia: Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1824 - 1825. First edition 9" x 5.5". 3 volumes bound in one. In modern 3/4 brown morocco, marbled boards. The beautiful binding is in fine condition; internally in very nice condition. The hand color on the plates is particularly bright and fresh. With 54 hand - colored engraved plates by C. Tiebout, G. Lang and Longacre, after T. R. Peale, W.W. Wood, C.A. Le Seur and H. Bridport. The 'most beautiful publication of the kind ever issued from an American press' (Weiss & Zeigler.) This pioneering work of American natural history is by one of the leading figures in the field in the first half of the nineteenth century. Say, born in Philadelphia in 1787, was introduced to the study of natural history by his mother's uncle, the naturalist William Bartram. In 1818, Say visited Georgia and Florida with George Ord, William Maclure and Titian Peale, and later participated in Stephen Long's expedition to the Rocky Mountains. In 1823, he again accompanied Long, this time to the sources of the Minnesota River. He held a nominal curatorship at the American Philosophical Society, and was a professor of natural history in the University of Pennsylvania. In 1825, he also prepared for the press the first volume of Charles Bonaparte's American Ornithology. After 1825 he was a resident in the village of New Harmony (Robert Owen's utopian colony). In 1828 he completed the third volume of American Entomology and between 1830 and 1834 published the six numbers of his American Conchology. Say's work was almost wholly taxonomic and his writings were almost entirely descriptive. The excellence of his work was acknowledged by European zoologists. This work earned Say the title of 'father of American entomology.' This copy bears the ownership label and signature of a Dr. Joseph Sheppard and 26 lines of notes by Sheppard tipped on to the rear flyleaf. See American Imprints 17901; Bennett p.95; BM (NH) IV, p.1817; Hagen p.111; Horn & Schenkling 19001; Meisel III, p.392; Nissen ZBI 3612; Weiss & Zeigler Thomas Say p.190. Hardback (Item ID: 26961)

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