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Birds Collected on the Commodore M.C. Perry Expedition to Japan, 1852-1854.

Cassin, John

Published by Washington: Beverly Tucker, Senate Printer, . First edition., 1856
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Pp. (4), 219-248; 6 fine hand-colored lithographs by William E. Hitchcock. Full goat-skin black morocco, spine with five raised bands with dart continuations, front and rear covers tooled in blind and front cover tooled in gilt with the author and title, tan patterned endpapers, lg 4to (11.5 x 9.2 inches). From the series: Perry, Matthew C. and Hawks, Francis L. - Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan; performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, in 3 volumes. The purpose of Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan was to establish diplomatic relations with Japan. In the process the expedition collected much information about the people, customs, natural history (mammals, fishes, birds and shells), and the physical environment (such astronomical and meteorological information). This finely bound volume presents the birds collected on that expedition as described by the American ornithologist John Cassin who also served as curator of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. The section on birds is rarely offered as an individual work especially in a fine binding. No ownership marks. Some browning to the title page and to the last page of text only, the remainder of the text and all the fine color plates are bright and clean, the fine morocco binding is as new; a tight copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5803

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Title: Birds Collected on the Commodore M.C. Perry ...

Publisher: Washington: Beverly Tucker, Senate Printer, . First edition.

Publication Date: 1856

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Natural History Books is an independent, rare book retailer operating out of Iowa City, IA. The business is owned and operated by Noriko and Russell Ciochon. We only sell books through our NHB website and other book service websites. We do not offer books for sale within the state of Iowa. We specialize in rare and hard to find books in all areas of natural history especially ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, paleontology, botany, evolutionary biology and travel and exploration. Our rare and hard-to-find book section has many fine hand-colored plate books. Our latest acquisition is the ichthyology and aquarium fish collection of Ross Socolof Books of Florida. We are always buying natural history books – if you have a collection to offer, please contact us at or by calling (319) 354-9088.

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