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  • Bookshop: B & L Rootenberg (United States)
  • ILAB-LILA Member
  • Publishing year: 1828
  • Publisher: Samuel Augustus Mitchell
  • Subjects: ,entomology, bugs, illustrated books, american imprints, natural history, 19th century
  • Shipment weight: 1000 g
  • Publishing place: Philadelphia Museum

Bibliographic details

FIRST EDITION Extra engraved title page in Volume I. With 54 beautiful hand-colored plates, tissue guards present, each with accompanying text. Indexes follow each volume, and Explanation of terms used in Entomology at the rear. Half morocco and marbled boards, spine in compartments with morocco label; an excellent and very clean copy with the ownership signature of Joseph Sheppard of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia dated 1865 on both the fly-leaf and first title and small stamp of Dr. J. Sheppard of Bridgeton, N.J. at the top of third title. THE FATHER OF AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGY SAY, Thomas. American entomology, or descriptions of the insects of North America. Illustrated by coloured figures from original drawings executed from nature. Philadelphia Museum: Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1824, 1825, 1828. Three volumes in one. 8vo. Extra engraved title page, 54 beautiful hand-colored plates, tissue guards present, each with accompanying text. Indexes follow each volume, and Explanation of terms used in Entomology at the rear. Half morocco and marbled boards. First edition of the first substantive North American book on insects, important for the author's brilliant observations and his descriptions of generic and specific characteristics. The illustrations are mainly based on observations taken from nature in the course of various expeditions to the South, the Rocky Mountains, the Minnesota River Basin, and Mexico. $ 5000.00.

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