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American Entomology, or Descriptions of the insects of North America.

SAY, Thomas.

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SAY, Thomas. American Entomology, or Descriptions of the insects of North America. Illustrated by coloured figures from original drawings executed from nature. Philadelphia: Printed by William Brown, published Samuel Augustus Mitchell, for sale by Anthony Finley, 1824-1825. 3 vols., octavo. Uncoloured engraved additional title after C.A. Le Seur in vol. 1, 54 hand-coloured engraved plates (including by C. Tiebout, by G. Lang and by Longacre, after T. R. Peale, after W.W. Wood, after C.A. Le Seur and after H. Bridport.) Orig. pink boards, expertly rebacked to match the original, with printed paper spine labels. A very good fully untrimmed set of the 'most beautiful publication of the kind ever issued from an American press' (Weiss & Zeigler.) In a cloth folding box with a leather spine label. 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. A pioneering work of American natural history by one of the leading figures in the field in the first half of the nineteenth century. Say, born in Philadelphia in 1787, was first led to the study of natural history by his mother's uncle, William Bartram. In 1818, Say visited Georgia and Florida with George Ord, William Maclure and Titian Peale, and the following year he took part in Stephen Long's expedition to the Rocky Mountains as zoologist. In 1823, he again accompanied Long, this time to the sources of the Minnesota River. 'Holder of the nominal curatorship at the American Philosophical Society, also nominally professor of natural history in the University of Pennsylvania (1822-1828), he worked on his American Entomology bringing out the first two volumes in 1824 and 1825. In 1825, he also prepared for the press the first volume of Charles Bonaparte's American Ornithology. Resident in the community and village of New Harmony [Robert Owen's utopian colony] post 1825 (except for a visit to Mexico during late 1827 and early 1828), he continued to work industriously. 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 writing s were almost entirely descriptive. the excellence of his work was acknowledged by European zoologists and nearly. Bookseller Inventory # 72591

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