FAUNA BOREALI-AMERICANA; OR THE ZOOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN PARTS OF BRITISH AMERICA: CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF THE OBJECTS OF NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTED ON THE LATE NORTHERN LAND EXPEDITIONS, UNDER COMMAND OF CAPTAIN SIR JOHN FRANKLIN...BY... RICHARDSON...SURGEON AND NATURALIST TO THE EXPEDITIONS. ASSISTED BY WILLIAM SWAINSON...AND...WILLIAM KIRBY
1837·London (Vols. I-III), and Norwich & London (Vol. IV)
by Richardson, Sir John
London (Vols. I-III), and Norwich & London (Vol. IV): John Murray (Vols. I-II), Richard Bentley (Vol. III), and Josiah Fletcher & Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans (Vol. IV), 1837. Four volumes. 110 plates (seventy-two handcolored) by C.M. Curtis after C. Wagstaff, and by Thomas Landseer, William Swainson, and Waterhouse Hawkins. Half titles. Quarto. Later three-quarter calf and marbled paper boards, spine gilt. Spines lightly faded, boards lightly rubbed. Light scattered foxing. Very good. A rare complete set of this important and influential work on Arctic and sub-Arctic natural history. It took eight years to produce and was issued by three different publishers in two cities, and is most difficult to find complete. The fine collection of plates is distributed as follows: Volume I contains twenty-eight uncolored etched plates (one folding) of quadrupeds by Thomas Landseer; Volume II includes fifty excellent handcolored lithographic plates of birds by William Swainson; Waterhouse Hawkins is responsible for all twenty-four plates in Volume III (two are handcolored copper engravings after Hawkins, the remaining twenty-two are lithographs by Hawkins, ten of these are handcolored, and three of the remaining uncolored plates have folding flaps); the final volume includes eight handcolored engravings of insects, all heightened with gum arabic and engraved by C. Wagstaff after C.M. Curtis. A complete set of the natural history of the Franklin expeditions to the Arctic, produced under the supervision of John Richardson, surgeon and naturalist with both Franklin expeditions. It is one of the earliest and most complete studies of the natural history of far North America and the Arctic. Over the course of the two expeditions (which lasted from 1819 to 1822 and 1825 to 1827) Richardson spent seven summers and five winters in the North. Each species is described in detail, including its habitat, physical characteristics, colors, etc. William Swainson's beautifully executed and colored bird plates are particularly noteworthy. The volume on fish is Richardson's own work, whilst he was assisted by Swainson and William Kirby on the volumes on quadrupeds and insects, and Swainson alone did most of the work on the ornithology. Richardson's "contributions to the natural history of the Arctic are particularly notable" (Wagner-Camp). "The influence which this work exerted cannot well be overstated...it was the chief source of inspiration of numberless writers upon the same subject..." - Elliott Coues. ANKER 493. WAGNER-CAMP 39. PEEL 91. TPL 1454. WOOD, p.536. NISSEN (ZBI) 3385. STREETER SALE 3700. SABIN 71026-71029. BM (NATURAL HISTORY), p.1698. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 14491. FINE BIRD BOOKS, p.135.
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