SAY, AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGY, 1824-28, 3 VOLUMES
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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- American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America. Illustrated by Coloured Figures from Drawings Executed from Nature. [Philadelphia:] Published for the Philadelphia Museum by Samuel Augustus Mitchell (William Brown, printer), 1824-1828
FIRST EDITION, 3 volumes, 8vo (232 x 141mm.), additional engraved title, 54 hand-coloured engraved plates, near-contemporary straight-grained green morocco, covers with an elaborate gilt-tooled frame, spines gilt in six compartments, board edges and turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, occasional foxing
Nathan Appleton, armorial bookplate; Jacques Levy, his sale in our New York rooms, 20 April, 2012, lot 295
Nissen ZBI 3612; Sabin 77370
A FINE COPY, in a spectacular binding, very likely by Lippincott. The first American entomology and the first book on insects published in the United States. "For beauty and elegance of execution this work surpasses any other that has been printed in this country [United States]", (Sabin).