Item #100979 Ichthyology of South Carolina. M. D. John Edwards Holbrook.
Ichthyology of South Carolina
Ichthyology of South Carolina
Ichthyology of South Carolina
Ichthyology of South Carolina
Ichthyology of South Carolina
Ichthyology of South Carolina

Ichthyology of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina: Russell and Jones, 1860. Hardcover in contemporary red leather w/ 5 spine bands and marbeled end-papers, 10" x 12”, 205 pp + 28 color plates w/ title page of 1st edition bound in and w/ collation of 1st edition 1855 [edition recalled] tipped in, ex-lib British Museum of Natural History w/ stamp on title page.

John Edwards Holbrook (1794-1871) was considered by many to be the father of herpetology. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, in 1828, after travelling and studying in Europe, he settled in Charleston where he was made professor of anatomy at the Medical college of South Carolina. During the Civil War, Holbrook was head of the examining board of surgeons for South Carolina. The work has a complex bibliographical history. In 1847, Holbrook issues one part only of Southern Ichthyology with 4 plates. Unsatisfied, he then published the present title in parts, and reach the middle of part 10, which ends half way through the description of Saurus foetens (p. 184). A fire at the printer’s in Philadelphia destroyed not only a stock of plates but also the lithographic stones and the original drawings. Determined to complete his masterpiece, Holbroook then recalled most of the distributed copies of the Ichthyology, and worked on a new edition with new plates, which was finally released in 1860. WorldCat returns 15 copies of the 1855 edition in US institutions and one in the British Library, may semmingly without the final leaf,. The American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. 37, Ma;y 1864, pp. 89-94; Dean, Bibliogrpahy of Fishes, I,l p594, cf. Nissen ZBI 1979; Sabin 32452. Item #100979

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