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Thomas Say, American Entomology 1824-5  

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American Entomology, or, Descriptions of the Insects of North America

Say, Thomas


Philadelphia Museum / Samuel Augustus Mitchell



2 volumes of 3. Volume I with added title page engraved by C.A. Lesueur; with 36 hand-colored engraved plates interleaved with descriptions. 25x16 cm ( 9¾x6¼”), paper-backed lavender boards with pictorial title label on Volume I. First Edition.

Thomas Say was the great-grandson of John Bartram and a brilliant naturalist in his own right. His definitive studies of insects and shells, numerous contributions to scientific journals, and scientific expeditions to Florida, Georgia, the Rocky Mountains, Mexico, and elsewhere made him an internationally known naturalist. 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.

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Bindings well worn with spines perished or perishing; hinges cracked, Volume I cracked internally with some detached signatures; good.

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