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American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America Illustrated by coloured figures from original drawings executed from nature.
Philadelphia Published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell. 1824 - With Fifty-Four Fine Hand-Colored Engraved Plates SAY, Thomas. American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America. Illustrated by Coloured Figures from Original Drawings Executed from Nature. Philadelphia: Published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell., 1824-1828. First edition. Three octavo volumes (9 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches; 247 x 160 mm.). viii, [108], [3, index], [3, blank]; [2], [134], [3, index], [3, blank]; [2], [133], [3, index], [3, blank] pp. With added engraved title in Volume I after C. A. Le Sueur and fifty-four fine hand-colored engraved plates by C. Tiebout, G. Lang, Longacre, or unsigned, after T.R. Peale, C. A. Le Sueur, W. W. Wood, H. Bridport, or unsigned. Uncut in the original pink paper over boards with green paper backstrip and pink printed paper spine labels. With the original green printed paper label on front cover of Volume I. Spines are darkened and backstrips sunned. Headcap and tail of spine of volume I chipped. Boards are rubbed. Paper spine labels are soiled and rubbed. Volume III with discoloration to boards. Volume I with two previous owner's bookplates on front endpapers. Each volume with a tiny old bookseller stamp in lower right corner of front endpaper. Volumes II and III with previous owner's old ink signature on front pastedown. A small amount of scattered foxing. Signature E and plate 22 of Volume II with heavy foxing. Overall a very nice set in the original binding with most of the text and plates crisp and fine. The majority of the plates are by the famous American artist Titian Rembrandt Peale. "For beauty and elegance of execution this work surpasses any other that has been printed in this country" (North American Review, in Sabin). Bennett, p. 95. Nissen, ZBI, 3612. Sabin 77370. HBS 67328. $7,500 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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