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The Butterflies of the West Coast of the United States.

Wright, William G.

Published by San Francisco: Whitaker and Ray Company, . First edition., 1905
From Natural History Books (Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.)

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"Pp. (14), 15-257, vii (index); frontispiece portrait of author, 32 full page color plates each with numerous images of butterflies - each with tissue-guard. Publisher's original wine red cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, sm 4to. This is the very rare first edition, published in 1905, of which less than 100 copies survived the great fire of 1906. According to web sources: "At the great fire in San Francisco, April 18, 1906, all of the items going to make up this book consisting of everything in the printers' and binders' hands, and finished books in the custody of the publishers, all were destroyed. And as the stereotype plates from which the book was printed were lost with the rest, the book cannot be printed anew. Only a few dozen copies of the book were in the author's hands in another city at the time of the fire, and so were not burned". No ownership marks." A bright and clean copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6187

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Title: The Butterflies of the West Coast of the ...

Publisher: San Francisco: Whitaker and Ray Company, . First edition.

Publication Date: 1905

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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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Noriko and Russell Ciochon
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