American Natural History
John Godman, 1826-1828
GODMAN, John D. (1794-1830). American Natural History. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826-1828.

The magnum opus of an underappreciated American scientist and "the first original treatise on the indigenous mammals of the United States" (Norman). Godman's work is largely based on the collection of Charles Willson Peale, whose daughter he married. Sabin calls for 74 plates while Norman for 51; this set has only 44. Sabin 27663; Norman 912; Nissen 1600.

Three volumes, octavo (226 x 132mm). Engraved additional titles in vols 1 and 3; errata leaf; 44 engraved plates (without vol 2 additional title and some plates; spotting, some shipping to edges of plates, some leaves toned). Later half calf over marbled boards (a little worn at extremities). Provenance: "E. Weston" (signature).

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