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  M & S Library Number: 22756
 

    Inscribed by Thomas Say

     

    SAY, THOMAS. American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America. Illustrated by Coloured Figures from Drawings Executed from Nature. Philadelphia: Mitchell & Ames, 1817. 1st ed. 8vo. Engraved title, 10, six hand-colored plates, with 11 unnumbered leaves. Orig. plain boards, newly rebacked with paper spine. Original printed paper label on front cover. Ex-lib. copy with perforation stamps on two leaves. Library bookplate on front paste down. Cloth clamshell box. $9,500.00

     

    S & S 42058 (MWA only), although OCLC records ten copies. Inscribed in ink on the front cover: "Mr. J. Strum/ with the respects/ of the Author."

    "In 1816, encouraged by his friend Alexander Wilson who promised to help him, {Say] projected a work on American entomology, which, however, was suspended for a time because of the absence of financial support. Only one part [offered here] was published, the following year....In the introduction Say remarks onb the admiration and attention which insects received in Europe and the absence of interest in such things in America, the tendency to send American insects to English, French and German entomologists for descriptions and the fact that Europeans knew more about American insects than the Americans themselves..." --Weiss & Ziegler, Thomas Say, pp. 38-39.

    Jacob Strum was one such foreign entomologist. He was also an engraver, and was one of Say's foreign correspondents. Strum published personal insect collections in 1796, 1800, 1826 and 1843.

 

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