Zoology of New York or the New York Fauna: Introduction and Zoology, Part I: Mammalia

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Zoology of New York or the New York Fauna: Introduction and Zoology, Part I: Mammalia

By De Kay, James E.

SKU# 19661

$ 475.00

Pp. 1-188, i-xii, (1), 1-146; 2 uncolored lithographs of the Croton Aqueduct; 33 engraved lithographs of mammals (29 are hand-colored, 4 are uncolored).  Publisher’s original dark brown cloth, ornately blind-stamped and gilt-lettered on the spine, with a gilt state emblem emblazoned on the front cover, original clay-coated yellow endpapers, steel-engraved series title page, lg 4to.  This is the first volume of the Natural History of New York series.  The first part of the volume is a general overview of the series covering a variety of topics by William H. Seward, the second part presents the mammals of New York State with 29 hand-colored plates of mammals.  Less than 300 copies of this work were produced with the plates hand-colored.  Signature of Erastus Root, the first owner of work, on the front endpaper and first blank endpaper is dated 1842.  Erastus Root (1773 – 1846) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.  He is most notable for serving four separate non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 19th Century (from Wiki).


Carroll and Cook
Publisher Place Albany
Date Published 1842
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Very good
Condition Description Light foxing to the endpapers, faint offsetting to the rear (blank) side of some engraved plates, the spine expertly is rebacked with the original cloth laid on, the hand-colored plates are generally bright and clean, the original cloth is unworn, a tight copy in very good condition.
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