Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. Intended to Contain Descriptions and Figures of all North American Birds Not Given by Former American Authors, and a General Synopsis of North American Ornithology.
Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1853-1856. First Edition in book form with Title Page displaying Publication date of 1856,(first published in Ten Original Parts 1853-1856), Illustrated by 50 Lithographic plates, (thirty two of which drawn on Stone by William E. Hitchcock and eighteen after George G. White).The entire lot printed and hand-coloured by J.T. Bowen. viii,298pp. Small 4to. (10'x7".) Bound in 3/4 brown Morocco and marbled boards. Compartments, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Marbled edges and endsheets.
John Cassin (September 6, 1813 - January 10, 1869) was an American ornithologist. He is considered to be one of the giants of American ornithology, and was America's first taxonomist, describing 198 birds not previously mentioned by Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. Cassin drew, printed and hand-colored many of the illustrations for the Railroad Surveys as the western regions of the United States were explored. He was named curator of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences in 1842, and after John T. Bowen's death, he took control of the Academy. His Illustrations" was intended to be a 3-volume work, but financial considerations prevented more than one volume being published.
He was born near Philadelphia on September 6, 1813 to a Quaker family whose members had distinguished military and naval service. From his early youth, however, John's favorite study was ornithology. He contributed descriptions of new species of birds and synoptical reviews of various bird families to the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science. The best known of Cassin's many publications are his "Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America" (1853-56),a handsome volume, containing descriptions and colored engravings of fifty species not given by Audubon. WikiP"
Corners and spine a bit rubbed, small chip and bump to front corner with mild bumping to remeaning corners. Mild,occasional foxing to Text Block mainly at prelims and final signature at rear. Vertical 4" tear at bottom of page 33 (no loss of text). Plate 10 ( The Black Brant) and Tissue Guard has fundementally detached from binding (held by a portion of the Tissue Guard. Image still complete and bright. Tissue Guard torn. Small number of plates may present ususal benign marginal patch/spot or two of incidental foxing/toning however, as a whole, this collection of plates is extremely bright, colourful and well preserved. A Very good copy with splendid Plates.