John Edwards Holbrook. Ichthyology of South Carolina. Charleston, S. C.: Russell and Jones, 1860. Volume I (all published). Second edition after the virtually unobtainable first edition of 1855-1857, the plates and almost all copies of which were destroyed in a fire at the printer's shop. Large quarto. [viii], 205, [1, blank] pages. With all twenty-eight hand-colored lithographic plates. Contemporary brown morocco over brown pebbled cloth boards, spine stamped and tooled in black, and lettered in gilt, peach endleaves. Spine a bit sunned, edgewear to spine, joints and edges of binding, some light soiling to binding, some offsetting to endleaves, some foxing in text. Three library bookplates on the front free endpaper, and one on the rear pastedown, embossed stamp of the Boston Society of Natural History on the title-page, and each plate bears their small oval embossed stamp. Several gutters cracked, yet binding is still quite solid. Overall, a near fine copy of this very rare and fine ichthyology book. Nissen Zoology 1979. Sabin 32452 (the first edition).

    Although the first edition is almost impossible to find, this is a rare book as well, as it is probable that most of the stock of this volume was destroyed during the Civil War at the capture of Charleston.

    "The new drawings are from nature, and have been made by the best artists, -- as A. J. Ibbotson and A. Sonrel. The colour of the fish has been, in almost every instance, taken from living specimens, by J. Burkhardt, an artist of great merit." (from the Preface).

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