Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1859. xxxiv,735,,55,,738-64pp., plus eighty- seven engraved plates, of which twenty-eight are colored. Large, thick quarto. Modern three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards. Minor foxing to plates, else clean internally. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM34088
An overview of North American mammals in three parts, assembled from two previously published sources. "Parts 1 & 2 are continuously paged. The work consists of a reprint of the Reports upon the Mammals that appeared, [first] in the Pacific Railroad Survey Reports, Vol. VIII, and [second] in the U.S. and Mexican Boundary Survey Reports, Vol. II, pt. 2" - British Museum (Natural History). The plates are rarely found colored.
This volume is an interesting example of 19th-century American publishing practice. It employs sheets either remaindered or picked up for free from publications paid for by the U.S. government, and combines them in a single volume issued by a private publisher for profit. An attractive, if assembled, study of American natural history, in an unusual format. SABIN 2805. NISSEN ZBI 197. BM NATURAL HISTORY I, p.88.