New Haven: Converse, 1831. 1st Edition. The work of Nicholas Marcellus Hentz (1797-1856) forms “the basis of the study of American arachnology” (A list of works on North American entomology, 77). A native of Versailles, France, Hentz studied miniature painting, then medicine, before emigrating to America in 1816 after the downfall of Napoleon. Hentz received an MA degree from the University of North Carolina and when on to become one of the pioneers in American entomology as well as the originator of American arachnology, single-handedly and formally describing 124 spider species” (Wikipedia). “On North American Spiders” was Hentz’s second paper on spiders.
ALSO includes Samuel Guthrie’s landmark paper on the discovery of Chloroform and a paper on the geological age of reptiles by Gideon Mantell. Item #211
CONDITION & DETAILS: New Haven: Converse. Complete volume. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches, 213 x 138mm). 3 unrelated plates. Bound in black buckram. Ex-libris with marks at spine neatly blacked. Small ex-libris stamps on the first few pages. Tightly, solidly, and cleanly bound. Lightly toned interior; small crease down one page. Clean throughout. Very good condition.