Pp. viii, 149; 2 frontispiece photogravures of Godman and Osbert Salvin, 8 double-page color maps. Original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine, sm folio (12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches). This volume is the first in the well-known series 'Biologia Centrali-Americana,' an encyclopedia of the natural history of Mexico and Central America, privately issued in 215 parts (bound in 63 large volumes) from 1879 to 1915. This first volume includes the general preface to the whole work, zoology, botany and archaeology, a complete list of the subjects contained in each volume, general statistics, and maps. The table of contents lists: physical features of the area treated, itinerary of G. C. Champion's travels in Central America, 1879-1883, a list of completed volumes in the series, an analysis of the contents of each volume, a summary of the contents of each volume, and contributions on the origin of the fauna and flora for Mammalia (R. I. Pocock, Reptilia and Batrachia, and Pisces (C. Tate Regan), Arachnida (R. I. Pocock), Chilopoda, Diplopoda, and Prototracheata (R. I. Pocock) and Flora (W. B. Hemsley). No ownership marks and no signs of use. Rare work. A few faint spots (flecking) to the spine; a tight, bright and clean copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Biologia Centrali-Americana - Introductory ...
Publisher: London: privately published by the author, . First edition.
Publication Date: 1915
Book Description R. H. Porter, London, England, 1915. Buckram. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition. This is the introductory volume for Biologia Centrali-Americana, Zoology, Botany, and Archaeology. Biologia was published serially between 1879 and 1915 in quarto and folio. By the time of the publication of the Introductory Volume in 1915, presumed published by R. H. Porter, sixty-three core volumes had been produced. Contents of this Introductory Volume include: Physical Features, etc., of the Area treated; Sources from whence our Material was obtained; Itinerary of Mr. G. C. Champion's Travels in Central America, 1879-1883; List of Completed Volumes, Zoology, Botany, and Archaeology; Analysis of Contents of each Volume; Summary of Contents of each Volume; Origin, etc., of the Fauna and Flora of Central America; Maps. True first edition, not a facsimile. This is an English language publication. Author preface dated June 1915. Printed by Taylor and Francis, Fleet Street, London. Presumed later binding [circa 1940s?] in navy blue buckram, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine, and with fresh pastedowns and FEPs. Gently bumped spine head and tail, with fairly sharp if slightly bumped corners. A little discoloration to bottom of the rear board, else a generally clean binding. Text block firmly bound in. T.E.G. 12 x 10 inches. With viii, two sepia-tone full-page photo portraits [one of Godman, one of Salvin, both with facsimile signatures], 149 numbered pages of text, plus 8 double-page maps, all but one of which are in color. All text pages on medium-weight matte stock; the maps on heavy card stock. Generally very clean text pages, with the merest hint of age-toning. The maps, completed in astonishing detail, appear immensely clean and without demerits. Respectfully read. A very attractive copy, inside and out, and still quite tight. A Very Good Plus copy. Rare in any condition; indeed scarce even in facsimile. An indispensable volume for collectors of various volumes from the series, With thanks to William Reese Company for the following: "The Biologia is one of the towering achievements of natural history research in the Americas, and remains fundamental to the study of Neotropical plants and animals to this day. Because of the massive nature of the work and its extended period of publication, and because subscribers could purchase sections of the work without subscribing to the whole, most holdings are fragmentary. The entire Biologia project was conceived and executed at the highest level of scholarship and production, with almost 900 colored plates. It remains the single greatest published resource for New World natural history." According to Wikipedia, "Frederick Ducane Godman [1834-1919] was an English lepidopterist, entomologist and ornithologist. He was one of the twenty founding members of the British Ornithologists' Union. Along with Osbert Salvin, he is remembered for studying the fauna and flora of Central America." Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007884