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A Guide to the Mammals, Birds, Batrachians, Reptiles, Fish, Lepidoptera, and Mushrooms of (Primarily) Western New York State. Handwritten and Illustrated by Gerritt S. Miller, Jr., a Biologist at the Smithsonian Institute
1900-1920, Albany 1900 - Loose leaves, lined paper (165 x 220 mm); 61 hand-numbered pages, handwritten on both the recto and verso in black ink throughout, with historiated initials in color and a 3-page "Duck Chart" illustrated in b/w (ink and goache); plus 6 leaves of unlined paper at rear, with full-color ink and gouache illustrations of butterflies and moths on both the recto and verso (12 pages, 48 lepidoptera shown). Pages a bit brittle and age-toned, with some very light chipping and tiny closed tears along the edges, and the occasional dust-smudge. A charming taxonomy, listing the scientific and common names of a variety of plants and animals, and sometimes adding fuller descriptions of physical features or other notes. It includes Mammals (pp. 1-10, 34); Birds, with a list of Western NY Birds and the afore-mentioned Duck Chart (pp. 25-33); Batrachians of NY (pp. 36); List of Reptiles and Batrachia of Western NY State (pp. 37-38); Fishes and Mammals of NY State (pp. 39-41); American Lepidoptera (pp. 41-43), Mushrooms of NY State (pp. 45-46). This was a document that Miller must have used often and returned to, as marginalia, pencilled notations, and other asides are common. A list of plants and flowers occupies pp. 47-61, and Miller records, "This was written 1920. Notes were made 1946." He finishes up with nicely accomplished full-color ink and goache illustrations of 48 different lepidoptera, each one labelled with its scientific name. Miller seems to have found great pleasure in his work. Gerritt S. Miller, Jr., graduated from Harvard University in 1894 and worked under Clinton Hart Merriam at the United States Department of Agriculture. He was assistant curator of mammals at the United States National Museum in Washington in 1898, and became curator from 1909 to 1940, while an Associate in biology at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1906, he travelled to France, Spain, and Tangier on a collecting trip. In 1915, he published the results of his studies of casts of specimens associated with the Piltdown Man, concluding that the jaw actually came from a fossil ape. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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