1856 · Philadelphia, (PA)
by Cassin, John
Philadelphia, (PA): J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1856. First edition. Small 4to. viii, 298 pp. Illustrated with 50 vivid hand-colored lithographic plates, with tissue guards, including a colored frontispiece (plates drawn on stone by W.E. Hitchcock and George White, printed and colored by J.T. Bowen). Sabin 11369. Bennett, p. 21. Reese "Stamped with a National Character" 42. Cowan, p. 110. Lada-Mocarski 144. Ayer/Zimmer 124. Anker 92. Nissen IVB 173. "Fine Bird Books" 64. Bradley Martin sale 64: "An important work, representative of the era of western expansion of American ornithology. Cassin's work, which was evidently the first by an American to employ trinomial nomenclature, was intended as a supplement to the octavo edition of Audubon's 'Birds of America'; ... Hitchcock, who transferred White's drawings to stone, and Bowen, who printed and colored them, had both worked extensively on that earlier work as well as on the octavo edition of Audubon and Bachman's 'Quadrupeds of North America.'" Occasional soiling in margins of a few plates, browning to parts of text, rear spine joint cracking and
splitting along lower 4 inches, otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary black three-quarter
morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt spine title. (2632).
(Inventory #: 55925)