Field Ornithology Comprising a Manual of Instruction for Procuring, Preparing and Preserving Birds and a Check List of North American Birds [ author's first book ]

Salem, MA / Boston MA: Naturalist's Agency / Estes & Lauriat, 1874. First edition. hardcover w/ illustrated front board. Tall octavo (standard size). Wear to edges and corners of boards, with bumping at corners. Slight scuffing to front board, but still very sharp and attractive. Rear board has some rising of the cloth at the top third. Pencil scribblings to front and rear dark brown endpapers. Some corners of pages creased. Foxing, primarily on the first 20 or so front and rear pages. 116 p. w/ 137 p. checklist, with text and page numbers only on the right side (not an error). A detailed guide to Ornithology, covering guns, approach, skinning, dogs, packing, stuffing & wiring, and more. The first book by Coues, an army surgeon and important American ornithologist who was a key player in developing modern standards for the taxonomic classification of subspecies in ornithology. He was also the writer of the first history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition sinc 1814, using the rediscovered journals of the expedition and leading to renewed in interest in the endeavor. Good. Item #18712

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