HOLBROOK, JOHN EDWARDS. 1794-1871. Ichthyology of South Carolina. Charleston, SC: Russell and Jones, 1860.

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HOLBROOK, JOHN EDWARDS. 1794-1871.
Ichthyology of South Carolina. Charleston, SC: Russell and Jones, 1860.

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HOLBROOK, JOHN EDWARDS. 1794-1871.
Ichthyology of South Carolina. Charleston, SC: Russell and Jones, 1860.
4to (235 x 153 mm). 28 hand-colored lithographed plates. Contemporary half black morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt in 6 compartments, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Rubbed, booklabel on verso of title page, browning and spotting throughout.

SECOND EDITION, published as Volume I, but with no further volumes published thereafter. The plates are from drawings by A. J. Ibbotson and August Sonrel, with hand coloring by J. Burkhardt, and printed by P. Duval and T. Sinclair of Philadelphia. Each plate depicts two fishes along with small details of their scales for ease of identification. The work has a complex bibliographical history: in 1847, Holbrook issued one part only of Southern Ichthyology with four plates. Unsatisfied, he then published the first edition of this work in parts, and reached the middle of part 10, which ends half way through the description of Saurus foetens. A fire at the printer's facility in Philadelphia destroyed not only a stock of plates, but also the lithographic stones and the original drawings. Determined to complete his masterpiece, Holbrook then recalled most of the distributed copies and worked on a new edition with new plates, which was finally released in 1860. Bennett p 56; Dean, Bibliography of Fishes I, p 594; Meisel III, p 486; Nissen ZBI 1979; Sabin 32452.
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HOLBROOK, JOHN EDWARDS. 1794-1871. Ichthyology of South Carolina. Charleston, SC: Russell and Jones, 1860.
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