NY: Published by the Author at the Press of L. S. Foster, 1884. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Unique presenation copy of one of the major studies of the from one of the major naturlists of teh period to anotehr. Large 8vo, pebbled, olive cloth, 316pp, sides untrimmed. Merrimam's landmak studies published here for the first time in book form as reprints from Vol I and II, Transactions Linnaeus Society, NY. Edges worn, spien tip loss, inner front hinge revealed, binding spund, internals fine. Inscribed in black ink at head of fly "Geo. Bird Grinnell, Ph.D./ with the kid regards of/ C. Hart Merriam" Clinton Hart Merriam (1855-1942) was an American zoologist, mammalogist, ornithologist, entomologist, ethnographer, and naturalist, who spent his boyhood near the Adirondacks and as a teenage went West on the Hayden Expedition in 1871 which lead to teh formation of Yellowstone National Park. He was educated at Yale in medicine while he continued study of wildlife, and became known as the "father of mammalogy". Mammals of the Adirondacks is his watershed work, and his presentation of this copy to Grinnell significant as Grinnell (1849-1938), too, had a career that, like Merriam, began in zoology. As an anthropologist, historian, naturalist, and writer, Grinnell became a prominent early conservationist and student of Native American life. An important association between two major, early contributors to what, decades later, became the American preservationist movement. (Inventory #: 011047)
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