BARTON, BENJAMIN SMITH. 1766-1815. Fragments of the Natural History of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author by Way & Groff, 1799 .

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BARTON, BENJAMIN SMITH. 1766-1815.
Fragments of the Natural History of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author by Way & Groff, 1799 .

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BARTON, BENJAMIN SMITH. 1766-1815.
Fragments of the Natural History of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author by Way & Groff, 1799 .
Folio (345 x 246 mm). Rebacked in modern half calf, retaining contemporary boards and corner pieces. Wear, some ink marks on paste-downs, scattered spotting.
Provenance: Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh (ink inscription "Ex Libris Societatis Medicae Edinburgensis"); Gardner D. Stout (his sale, Christie's, November 17, 1978, lot 153).

FIRST EDITION, described on the title page as "Part First, although no second volume was ever published. Although lacking illustrations, the careful observations of the migration of birds made this "one of the most notable special treatises on North American ornithology of the last century... " (Coues). "The versatile author of this work ... was a professor in the University of Pennsylvania. It is recorded of him that he was instructed in drawing by Major André while the latter was a prisoner of war at Lancaster" (Church 1284). The present example has points indicating a later state of the first edition, with "always" on p xvi, paragraph XXXVI, and Certhia fusca as the last entry on p 11. Church 1284; Coues American Ornithological Bibliography I, p 592; Evans 35159; MacPhail Benjamin Smith Barton 2; Sabin 3809; Wood, p 224.
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BARTON, BENJAMIN SMITH. 1766-1815. Fragments of the Natural History of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author by Way & Groff, 1799 .
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