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American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America Illustrated by Coloured Figures
Philadelphia: Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1828. First edition. Engraved title to vol. I, 54 hand-colored engraved plates. 1 vols. 8vo. Original publisher's rose boards, expertly rebacked to style with green paper spines and facsimile printed labels. Endpapers heavily foxed, some sporadic foxing throughout. Bookplate, in custom cloth slipcase. First edition. Engraved title to vol. I, 54 hand-colored engraved plates. 1 vols. 8vo. Classic By the "Father of American Entomology". First edition in boards of Say's pioneering work, the first book on American entomology. It was his stated intention "to exemplify the genera and species of the insects of the United States, by means of colored engravings," was hailed upon its appearance as "'the most beautiful publication of the kind' ever issued from an American press" (Weiss & Zeigler, Thomas Say, p.190.) The quality of the plates and the clarity of Say's description won him immediate fame abroad, and he was made a foreign member of the Linnean Society of London. Say named some 1,500 new species - many of his discoveries (such as the American dog tick) were crucial for the future study and control of disease in humans, livestock and crops. Bennet, p. 95; Nissen, Zoology 3612; American Imprints 17901; Sabin 77370
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