A Catalog of the Fishes known to inhabit the waters of North America north of the Tropic of Cancer with notes on species discovered in in 1883 and 1884 (inscribed from Albert Herre to Earl Herald)

By Jordan, David Starr

SKU# 17902

$ 90.00

Pp. (2), 1-185.  Later wine-red cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine, (original printed brown wrappers bound in place), lg 8vo.  The front wrapper reads “Extracted from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries for 1884.”  This is one of the earliest monographs by Jordan who began his publication career in 1876.  This significant monograph is much cited in ichthyologic literature.  This copy is from the research library of ichthyologist Albert W. Herre with his signature on the front wrapper and title page.  The front wrapper is inscribed: “To Earl S. Herald from Albert W. Herre” along the top edge.  According to Wiki: Earl S. Herald (1914-1973) was an American biologist, geriatric diver, and television advisor.  His main interest was in ichthyology.  Herald received his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939.  In 1943 he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University for the dissertation “Studies on the Classification and Inter-Relationships of the American pipefishes” under George Sprague Myers.  In 1946, he studied the effects of the atomic bomb tests on the reef fish of the Bikini Atoll.  In 1948, Herald was appointed curator for Aquatic Biology at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco; in 1949 he became director of the aquarium.  From 1952 to 1966, Herald moderated the scientific television broadcast ‘Science in Action’ for the California Academy of Sciences.  Herald wrote two books “Living Fishes of the World” and “Fishes of North America” and 93 magazine and technical journal articles.  In 1973, he died in a scuba accident in the coastal waters off Cabo San Lucas in Baja California (all adapted from Wiki biography).  This is a rare monograph with significant associations.

Publisher Government Printing Office
Publisher Place Washington
Date Published 1885
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Very good
Condition Description The front wrapper is a little foxed and browned, the remainder of the text is bright and clean; a tight copy in very good condition.
Limited Edition