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Zoology of New York or the New York Fauna, Part III: Reptiles and Amphibia + Part IV: Fishes, in 2 volumes, complete (the rare hand-colored plate edition).

De Kay, James E.

Published by Albany: W. and A. White and J. Visscher, . First edition., 1842
From Natural History Books (Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.)

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"Pp. (4), iv, 98, xiv, (1), 415, 8; 23 fine hand-colored plates of reptiles and amphibians by J. W. Hill + 79 fine hand-colored plates of fishes by J. W. Hills. Publisher's original dark brown cloth, ornately blind-stamped and gilt-decorated with a gilt emblem emblazoned on the front cover and a gilt snake on the spine, original clay-coated yellow endpapers, 4to. This is the classic early work on the reptiles, amphibians, and fishes of New York with all of the fine lithographed-plates in original hand-coloring. The subtitle states this series comprises: " detailed descriptions all of the animals, hitherto observed within the state of New York, with brief notices of those occasionally found near its borders." Sabin notes that only a few copies were issued with the plates colored by hand and that "it is hardly necessary to add that they are greatly superior to the plain copies." About 300 copies of the volumes on birds and mammals were issued, 15 with the plates hand-colored copies; it is certain that far fewer copies of the present set on the reptiles, amphibians, and fishes were issued with hand-colored plates. The fine color plates are exceptionally bright and clean in this copy; it is also unusual to find this work in the original publisher's decorated cloth. Volume 1 bears the signature of herpetologist Hobart M. Smith on the front endpaper; volume 2 also has the old signature of an earlier owner on the front endpaper." Light foxing to two endpapers, the text and fine hand-colored plates are bright and clean (only plate 13 of fishes has a few marginal smudges), a few plates show mild offsetting to the facing page, some professional repairs to the outer joints of volume 2; a remarkably bright and clean copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6091

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Title: Zoology of New York or the New York Fauna, ...

Publisher: Albany: W. and A. White and J. Visscher, . First edition.

Publication Date: 1842

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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 noriko@naturalhistorybooks.com or by calling (319) 354-9088.

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