BEECHEY, FREDERICK WILLIAM;  SIR JOHN RICHARDSON; SIR RICHARD OWEN; and others. The Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage; compiled from the collections and notes made by Captain Beechey, the officers and naturalist of the expedition, during a voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Straits performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. London: Howlett & Son for Henry G. Bohn, 1839.

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BEECHEY, FREDERICK WILLIAM; SIR JOHN RICHARDSON; SIR RICHARD OWEN; and others.
The Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage; compiled from the collections and notes made by Captain Beechey, the officers and naturalist of the expedition, during a voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Straits performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. London: Howlett & Son for Henry G. Bohn, 1839.

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BEECHEY, FREDERICK WILLIAM; SIR JOHN RICHARDSON; SIR RICHARD OWEN; and others.
The Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage; compiled from the collections and notes made by Captain Beechey, the officers and naturalist of the expedition, during a voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Straits performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. London: Howlett & Son for Henry G. Bohn, 1839.
4to (275 x 215 mm). xii, 11, 9*-13*, 13—180 pp. Half-title present. 44 hand colored plates after E. Lear, G.B. and J.D.C. Sowerby and J.C. Zeitter; 3 colored geological maps (one folding.) Modern morocco, red label, gilt edges. A bit of staining and soil, mostly unobtrusive, a few plates bound tight or trimmed close sometimes touching plate number.

AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION NOTED FOR ITS STRIKING COLORED PLATES OF BIRDS, REPTILES, MAMMALS, etc. The collections and notes were done during the four-year voyage of the Blossom to the Pacific and Bering's Strait. The notes are by John Richardson (mammalia), Nicholas A. Vigors (birds), George T. Lay and Edward T. Bennett (fishes), Richard Owen (crustacea), William Buckland (geology), and John Edward Gray (reptiles and shells). As Beechey explains in the introduction, the appearance of this work was long frustrated and it was only after a full eight years that it saw publication. In no uncertain terms, he states "that it [the delay] has been occasioned entirely by Mr. Gray's failing to furnish his part in spite of every intercession from myself and others...." Hill 96; Sabin 71032.
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BEECHEY, FREDERICK WILLIAM;  SIR JOHN RICHARDSON; SIR RICHARD OWEN; and others. The Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage; compiled from the collections and notes made by Captain Beechey, the officers and naturalist of the expedition, during a voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Straits performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. London: Howlett & Son for Henry G. Bohn, 1839.
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