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REMINGTON, Frederic, A.B.FROST and others (illustrators) - A.C.GOULD (editor)

Sport or Fishing and Shooting

Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1889. Folio (21 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches). 15 chromolithographic plates after Remington, Frost, Cozzens and others. Expertly bound to style in full dark red straight grain morocco.

A fine copy of this rare large-format work on sport in late 19th-century America, including Frederic Remington's first two published prints in color, a rare A.B.Frost image of deer-hunting and images from Fred. S.Cozzens and other top illustrators of the day

The present work includes six angling plates (three of fly-fishing), four plates of game-bird hunting and five of hunting larger game. Each of the fifteen subjects is first described in general terms on a single leaf of text, followed by a second leaf giving a first-hand account of catching or shooting the subject, followed by a chromolithograph illustrating the first-hand account. According to Gould's preface, the plates are all from water-colours especially commissioned for the work which were subjected to the critical scrutiny of a group of anglers/sportsmen, who judged them for technical accuracy.

The plates (with titles taken from the preceding text leaf ) are as follows:
1.Killing the Salmon. Henry Sandham.
2.A Moose hunt. Henry Sandham.
3.Trout fishing. Henry Sandham.
4.Fly-fishing for Black Bass. S.F.Denton.
5.Hunting Antelope [i.e. Prong-horn] Frederic Remington.
6.Catching a Tarpon. Fred. S.Cozzens.
7.Mallard shooting. S.F.Denton.
8.Catching a Mascalonge. Frank H.Taylor.
9.A Wild Turkey hunt. R.J.Zogbaum.
10.Sailing for Bluefish. Fred S.Cozzens.
11.Hunting the [Virginia] Deer. A.B.Frost.
12.A day with the [Prairie] Chickens. R.F.Zogbaum.
13.A hunt above the timber-line [Big-horn]. Edward Knobel.
14.[Canada] Goose shooting. Frederic Remington.
15.Stalking the Wapiti. Henry Sandham.

The two plates by Frederic Remington, Hunting Antelope (Hassrick & Webster 434) and Goose Shooting (Hassrick & Webster 435) are also listed by Peggy and Harold Samuels (Remington The Complete Prints New York, 1990 pp.152-3) with the comment that they are the first and second Remington prints to appear in color. They were preceded only by a series of four monochrome photogravures for John Muir's Picturesque California (1888) and two other individual prints, both black and white. Arthur Burdett Frost is now perhaps best known for his sporting pictures and prints, but an aversion to deer-hunting meant that he rarely pictured shooting scenes that featured anything other than small game. His image, Hunting the Deer, is recorded, and illustrated, in Henry M.Reed's The A.B.Frost Book (Charleston, 1993, pp.101, 104-5) but the author was apparently unaware that it was issued as part of the present work, which is not included in the extensive appendix of books illustrated by Frost.

Bennett p.48; Tyler Prints of the West pp.127 & 174; not in Reese, Stamped with a National Character.

RUMPHIUS, Georg Eberhard (1627-1702)

Thesaurus Imaginum Piscium Testaceorum

Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, 1711. Folio (17 x 10 1/2 inches). Title printed in red and black. Text in two columns. Engraved additional title, letterpress title with engraved vignette, engraved allegorical headpiece, engraved portrait of the author, and 60 engraved plates after drawings by Maria Sibylla Merian, several of the illustrations partly hand-coloured at an early date. Expertly bound to style in half red morocco over original patterned paper covered boards.

First edition in Latin of Rumphius' Ambonese curiosity cabinet: a ground breaking work on the marine life of the Molucca Islands and the Indonesian Archipelago with engraved plates after Maria Sibylla Merian.

Rumphius "was employed by the Dutch East India Company and spent the greater part of his life on the island of Amboina (Ambon), a small but important trading centre in the East Indies, where he conducted innumerous observations on plants and animals ... Rumphius exercised his talents in the field and amassed a wealth of information on living animals in their natural surroundings" (Dance).

His Ambonese curiosity cabinet was first published in Dutch in 1705 (titled Amboinsche Rariteitkamer); the present Latin edition followed. Despite Rumphius' blindness which he developed late in life, and the fact that the work was published posthumously, "even a cursory examination ... reveals the outstanding talents of its originator; for the Amboinese Curiosity Cabinet, despite its unpromising title, is full of accurate and detailed observations on the invertebrate animals encountered by him and mollusks are given special attention ... First and foremost he was a brilliant field naturalist ... In the consistent and accurate recording of locality data, Rumphius was far ahead of his time and no less noteworthy is his attention to molluscan ecology, in which field he must be considered a pioneer" (Dance).

Rumphius's original drawings were destroyed in a fire on Amboina in 1687, and by that point his blindness prohibited him from drawing new specimens himself. The plates in the posthumously published work were engraved after drawings by Maria Sybilla Merian, commissioned expressly for the work. Merian's original drawings are in the Archives of the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburgh, attributed to her largely on the basis of a 1771 description of the collection by Johann Zacharias Uffenbach. See Wettengl for a detailed description of her drawings.

"The 60 magnificent copper engravings may be separated into the following categories: crabs (12), sea-urchins & starfish (4), snails & muscles (33), and petrifications and minerals (11)" (Schuh).

Landwehr VOC 592; Nissen ZBI 3250; Dance, pp. 46-50; Schuh 4212 ("very scarce"); Wettengl 161(Dutch edition).

SCUDDER, Samuel Hubbard (1837-1911)

The butterflies of the eastern United States and Canada with special reference to New England

Cambridge, Mass.: published by the Author, [November 1888 - October] 1889. 3 volumes, quarto (10 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches). Half-titles, 2pp. list of subscribers, 2 small format errata slips. 3 portrait frontispieces (1 chromolithographed, 1 printed in three colours, 1 uncoloured), 1 folding uncoloured map, 3 maps printed in three colours (2 folding), 89 maps and plates (21 chromolithographs [10 of butterflies and moths, 4 of eggs, 4 of caterpillars and 3 of pupa,] 15 distribution maps printed in two colours, 53 uncoloured.) (Old creasing to folding map at back of vol.III). Contemporary red half morocco gilt, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, sprinkled edges (extremities rubbed, joints weak).

An important 19th-century colour plate book and American natural history work.

Samuel Scudder's work, one of the most important books about butterflies published in America in the 19th century, was an elaborate publication employing the latest production methods for the plates. The work exemplifies the rapidly changing late 19th-century world of illustration technology, with the finely executed chromolithographs by Thomas Sinclair & Son and Julius Bien & Co. of Philadelphia being complemented by the more scientifically precise images in black and white. These were produced using gelatin-process photographs, photogravures, and electrotypes.

Most sets of Scudder's work are found bound in three volumes, each with its own titlepage dated 1889 (as here). It is known however that the work was issued by Scudder in monthly parts over the course of a year, from November 1888 to October 1889. Particularly full information is given about the origins and production of each plate: it is interesting to note that the artists of the original drawings used in the compilation of the coloured plates of butterflies and moths (all printed by Sinclair) included J.H. Blake, S.L. Smith, G.A. Poujade and Louis Trouvelot (best known now for his astronomical drawings).

Bennett p.96; BM(NH) IV, p.1888; McGrath pp.46 & 148; Reese Stamped with a National Character 106


The Palm Land; or, West Africa, illustrated

Cinncinnati: 1859. Octavo (7 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches). 456pp. 1 frontispiece map, numerous illustrations (15 full-page). (Two leaves loosening, a few scattered stains). Original publisher's cloth, blocked in gilt and blind (light wear and fading to cloth). Provenance: Bookplate on front pastedown.

Third edition of this history of missionary activities in West Africa

This work offers a vivid description of the animals, inhabitants, and ways of life in West Afica, with many illustrations.


United States Exploring Expedition. During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. Under the Command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. Zoophytes ... [With:] ... Atlas. Zoophytes ...

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1848-1849. 2 volumes (text: 4to [12 1/2 x 10 inches); atlas: folio [22 x 14 inches]). Text: x, [7]-740pp. Atlas: 12pp. 61 engraved plates (46 with hand colouring, as issued) after Dana and Drayton, engraved by Wilmer, Glover, Hinman and others. Expertly bound to style in uniform half black morocco over 19th century green cloth covered boards, spines with raised bands in compartments, lettered direct in the second, fourth and sixth (text) and seventh (atlas), marbled endpapers.

A major illustrated work on corals: the unofficial issue of the text and atlas volumes to James Dana's rare report on zoophytes from the Wilkes Expedition, limited to one hundred copies.

The United States Exploring Expedition circumnavigated the globe under the command of Charles Wilkes between the summer of 1838 and the summer of 1842. It is usually known by the name of its commander as the Wilkes Expedition. The United States Exploring Expedition "was the first American scientific expedition of any size, charged to 'extend the bounds of Science and promote the acquisition of knowledge,' and was one of the most ambitious Pacific expeditions ever attempted" (Forbes). The Expedition represents "the first governmental sponsorship of scientific endeavor and was instrumental in the nation's westward expansion. Specimens gathered by expedition scientists became the foundation collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Significant American contributions in the fields of geology, botany, conchology, anthropology, and linguistics came from the scientific work of the expedition. Wilkes's evaluations of his landfalls influenced later U.S. positions in those areas" (DAB).

The reports and atlases for the U.S. Exploring Expedition were published over a long period of time - the Expedition returned in 1842 and the final atlas volume did not appear until 1858. Because of their limited issue and historical importance, the reports from the Expedition are highly sought after, though they very rarely appear on the market. All of the official and unofficial issues of the natural history atlases of the Wilkes expedition are rare.

James Dana, the author of the report, was trained in geology and the earth sciences at Yale. He was only 26 when he set out with the Expedition as geologist and mineralogist, returning five years later in 1842. He then worked steadily on his Wilkes reports until he was appointed professor of geology at Yale in 1849, where he spent the rest of his career.

Though the intention had been to publish only new material and discoveries, "Dana soon perceived that in the case of the Zoophytes no satisfactory contribution could be made without a survey of the entire field" (Haskell). In a letter to a colleague, he wrote, "'Corals are so peculiar in their forms & so little known that descriptions, unless extended to an unwarrantable length, convey but little idea of the species: and figuring one species in a genus will not answer the purpose it does in Conchology.'"

The sixty-one plates in the atlas contain 1008 figures, and illustrate skillfully the text of Dana's important work on corals, which he planned as "the most complete work on the subject ever published." Dan's work was so thorough that noted naturalist Louis Agassiz said of it, "'For years I have not learned so much from a book as from yours.'"

An important publication from the most important American naval expedition of the 19th century.

Haskell 22 and 26; Forbes 1584 and 1728; Rosove 354-2.A2.a and 355-1.A2

WELSCH, Georg Hieronymus (1624-1676)

Dissertatio Medico-Philosophica de Ægagropilis. Cui Secunda hac editione emendatori, auctarii vice altera accedit [Dissertatio Medico Philosophica. II. De Ægagropilis. Quae nunc primum priorii auctarii vice accedit]

Augsburg: Praetorii, 1668. 2 parts. Engraved title (to first part), letterpress title with engraved vignette (to the second part), 7 engraved plates. Cf. BM(NH) V, p.2201 (1660 edition).

[bound with:] Hecatosteæ. II. Observationum Physio-medicarum ad illustrem Societatem Naturae Curiosorum in Germania. Augsburg: impensis Theophili Goebelii, 1675. 2 parts. Engraved additional engraved title, 12 engraved plates by Melchior Haffner.

2 works, in four parts, in one volume, quarto (7 7/8 x 6 1/4 inches). Contemporary vellum, contemporary manuscript titling to spine. Provenance: Melvin E. Jahn (pencilled note at front).

Rare and early illustrated works on mineralogy.

The first title is the second edition (first published 1660); the second work is the first edition. In both, Welsch makes observations and offers ideas about the nature and meaning of the physical world, especially relating to figured stones and minerals.

cf. BM (NH) V, 2201

WHITE, Gilbert (1720-1793)

A Naturalist's Calendar, with observations in various branches of natural history; extracted from the papers of the late Rev. Gilbert White ... Never before published

Edited by J. Aikin. London: printed for B. & J. White, 1795. Small octavo (8 x 4 7/8 inches). 1p. advertisement at end. Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece. Original paper-covered boards, expertly rebacked to style. Provenance: John Humfrey (1764-1847, Wroxham House, Norfolk, armorial bookplate); Francis Holbrooke (Bladon Castle, Burton-on-Trent, inscription noting gift to); Joseph Whitaker (armorial bookplate).

First edition of Gilbert White's interesting work, in excellent condition.

This charming addendum to the author's The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (London:1789) was assembled from White's yearly notebooks covering the period from 1768 to 1793). J. Aikin was the editor and compilor, and he evidently took care to avoid material that White had already used in his Natural History. "It was thought a mark of respect due to ... [White's] memory, and to the reputation he had acquired as a faithful and elegant observer, not to consign these relicks to neglect" (Advertisement). Gilbert White is now viewed as one of the first ecologists and one whose observations were to be echoed by the work of another great naturalist: Charles Darwin.

Martin, Bibliography of Gilbert White, p. 98

YARRELL, William (1784-1856)

A History of British Fishes ... illustrated by nearly 400 woodcuts ... [Bound with:] Supplement to the History of British Fishes ... in two parts

London: Van Voorst, [1835-]1836-1839. 2 volumes, 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 inches). Half-titles. Numerous illustrations. Contemporary full brown morocco by J. Mackenzie & Son, covers elaborately bordered in gilt and with a large central design composed of small tools in gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: John Murray (circular booklabel).

First edition with the supplement in a beautiful contemporary binding by Mackenzie.

Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher 133.

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