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    Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves. Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. (Thirty-second Congress. Second Session. Senate.) Washington: Robert Armstrong, 1853.

    First edition. Octavo. 198 pages. Folding map. Twenty-three views, etc. [no plate no. 14 was ever issued]. Six animal plates. Five bird plates [no plate no. 2 issued]. Twenty-one reptile plates [no plate no. 12 issued, and plates no. 10 and 13 are repeated]. Three fish plates. Twenty-one botany plates [one not listed].

    Half leather binding with marbled boards, four compartments between four raised bands on the spine. Rules and titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Marbled endpapers. Joints cracked (the rear board the more so), with significant wear to the extremities. Contents toned with a few areas of light foxing. Collation notes in pencil on the verso of the front free endpaper. Sound copy, worthy of professional conservation, in very good condition.

    This copy is from the library of bird fancier and antiquarian book collector Ruthven Deane. Deane's book plate is affixed to the front pastedown and he has signed the second front free endpaper "Ruthvan Deane / 1.Mch.1879". Also attached to the second front free endpaper is a contemporary obituary of Dr. Samuel W. Woodhouse. Woodhouse was in charge of the ornithological part of the 1853 expedition and authored the chapter on birds. A two-page autograph letter from Samuel W. Woodhouse to Deane is inserted at the chapter on birds. The letter is dated May 28, 1900 and is addressed to "Mr. Ruthven Deane / President of the Illinois Audubon Society". The letter reads in part: "I have received from / the Photographer copies of myself / taken three weeks ago. I send / you a copy by mail...If you are at any / time in this city I shall be / pleased to see you." An important book with a remarkable association.

    Howes S521.


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