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Some Instructions for Collecting and Preserving the Various Productions of Plants, Animals, Minerals, Vegetables, Birds, Insects, and other Subjects of Natural History [caption title]
[London 1790 - (7 3/4 x 5 inches). 15pp. (Light foxing). Expertly bound to style in half 18th century russia over period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine ruled in gilt A pioneering artist in the wilds of America details instructions on the collecting of natural history specimens. These very rare instructions were "intended for navigators, and such persons who make voyages to foreign climes," for gathering and storing natural history specimens, based on the author's experience in North America. Thomas Davies spent much of his career as a British army officer in North America. After learning topographical drawing at the Royal Military Academy, he was commissioned as an artillery officer in 1757, and almost immediately shipped out to America. He served throughout the French and Indian War with Lord Jeffery Amherst, at Louisbourg, Ticonderoga, and Montreal. He remained in North America until 1768, returning in 1773 to serve in the Revolution. Later he continued to serve in Canada, and ended his career at a Lieutenant General. Davies had a keen interest in natural history and topographical drawing. Spendlove calls his drawings "extremely fine", and suggests he was the best topographical artist to work in Canada in the 18th century, and that his works were "a national treasure". Davies worked in both Canada and New York State during the 1760's. His famous series of six prints, "Six Remarkable Waterfalls in North America" was published on his return to England, in 1768. Less well-known is his career as a naturalist and collector of natural history specimens, another area in which he excelled. He worked to bring North American specimens to England throughout his career. These instructions, similar to the works of the naturalist John Ellis for the Caribbean, offer the fruits of his experience. In 1781, Davies would be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and would later be made a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Very rare, with only the British Library copy recorded. Spendlove, pp.14-16. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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