Philadelphia: Published by John Grigg, 1828. 179pp. plus ten (of twelve) handcolored engraved plates. Engraved titlepage. Contemporary three-quarter morocco and paper covered boards. Lacks the frontispiece plate of American Gros Beak and Baltimore Oreole [sic], and the plate of the American Snow Owl, and pages 29-32. Closed tear at the foredge of a few pages, not affecting text. A fair copy. Item #WRCAM28964
Most of the species illustrated are birds: American Gros Beak, Baltimore Oriole, American Summer Ducks, White-Headed [Bald] Eagle, Snow Owl, Wild Turkey, Peacock, Grouse Pheasant, and more. There are also illustrations of a whale, a crocodile, a rattlesnake, and butterflies. In all, scores of species are discussed. "An attractive book, just above the juvenile level, which must have been popular and which was reissued in 1831" - Bennett. McGRATH, p.15. BENNETT, p.11. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 32380.