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Cassin, John

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  • Cassin, John
  • Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. Intended to contain descriptions and figures of all North American birds not given by former American authors. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, [1853]-1856
Large 8vo (265 x 180mm.), 50 hand-coloured lithographed plates by William E. Hitchcock, later brown half morocco gilt, [Anker 92; Nissen IVB 173; Zimmer, p.124], occasional toning to text leaves


David Drummond, 17th Earl of Perth

Catalogue Note

First edition in book form, originally issued in ten parts from 1853 to 1856. The work aimed to cover the species discovered since the appearance of Audubon's Birds of America.

Cassin (1813-1869) headed an engraving and lithographing firm in Philadelphia which produced illustrations for government and scientific publications. He pursued ornithology as an amateur, giving his spare time to the Philadelphia Academy of Science which was developing the largest bird specimen collection then in existence. Cassin arranged and catalogued the 26,000 specimens, and published regular reports of the results of his research. Unlike Audubon, his publications were primarily technical monographs of new species.