Fragments of the Natural History of Pennsylvania, Part One (all published)
By Barton, Benjamin Smith
Pp. xviii, 24. Recent brown cloth, letter in gilt on the spine, lg 4to (11 1/4 x 9 inches). "This work deals predominantly with the migratory birds, arranged according to the dates throughout the year 1791 on which they were first seen in the neighborhood of Philadelphia. Barton also notices and describes the concurrent state of the vegetation" (MacPhail - The Sterling Morton Library Bibliographies in Botany and Horticulture). Mengel notes this work is “one of the rarest of American ornithological works and the first entirely ornithological paper on American birds written by an American” (Ellis/ Mengel 179). Coues recognizes the work as “one of the most notable treatises on North American ornithology of the last century” (Coues 1: 592). It is easy to see that this slim volume is starting point for the entire field of North American ornithology. The original printed wrappers are not present in this copy and the outer page edges have been slightly trimmed – though the margins remain wide. No ownership marks and few signs of use.
|Publisher||Printed for the Author by Way & Groff|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||The last page of the text and the following blank page show some light browning, bottom outer corner of the title page and the following few pages has a one-quarter inch piece missing, inner gutter tear on page 22 is neatly repaired; this small points aside, this is a remarkably well-preserved copy in very good condition.|