Illustrated with 54 hand colored plates and one black and white plate. Two volumes. With A Memoir of the Author by George Ord. New York: Bailliere Brothers, 1859.
First Edition. Hardcover. Octavos. Two volumes. Volume I: , xxiv, 412 pages, 54 colored plates, 48 page (smaller paper) "Bailliere Brothers' Catalogue of Standard and Recent Books, on All Branches of Natural History" bound in between the last plate and the rear blank end sheet. Volume II: , iv, 814 pages, 1 engraved black and white plate bound in between page 814 and the rear blank end sheet. Green pebble cloth covered boards with red moroccan leather corners and red leather spines. 5 raised bands with gilt bands and black leather title labels on the spines. Yellowish marbled end papers both volumes. Top edges gilt. Green cloth is rubbed in spots with light edge wear bottom of the boards. Light wear to the red leather spines. Leather spines appear to have been treated with a preservative. Bindings are tight and interior contents are very clean. Small bookseller labels pasted down in the upper left corners of the front paste downs - "Scientific and Med. Books and all objects of Nat. Hist. For Sale by A. E. Foote, M. D., 1223 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, Penna." Published after the death of the author (1787-1834) this set includes his exhaustive research from the southeastern states, western states, Mexico, and other places. Say has been called the father of American descriptive entomology and American conchology. He served as librarian for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, curator at the American Philosophical Society, and professor of natural history at the University of Pennsylvania. (wikipedia). Very good. Item #21781