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Mark Catesby, The Colonial Audubon.

Author: Frick, George Frederick; Raymond Phineas Stearns.
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Price: $65.00
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publisher Location: Urbana, IL
Book Condition: VG
Dust Jacket Condition: VG-
Binding: Hard Cover
Edition: First Edition
Pub Date: 1961
1st edition [NAP], 4to, tan cloth, 137 pages, b/w full-page illustrations, select bibliography, index. Condition: VERY GOOD book / VERY GOOD- j acket: book has light wear, some faint spotting to page edges all around; jacket has small chips and tears to edges, rubbing and thinning along spine folds, closed tear to spine, large dark stain to rear panel at bottom, mostly visible on the underside as the jacket is a dark color. The book that endeavored to rescue Catesby from obscurity - the authors studied original American and British sources to evaluate his importance as a naturalist and scientific artist. Catesby's book "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands" was the most elegant work on the flora and fauna of British North America in the 18th century - by presenting his birds, fishes, animals, and plants amidst their natural environments, Catesby prepared the way for his 19th century successor, John James Audubon. [from the jacket]