Publisher Information: Boston: Russel, Odiorne & Metcalf, 1834.
Warren, John. The conchologist. , 204pp. Lithographed frontispiece and 15 lithographed plates. Boston: Russell, Odiorne & Metcalf, 1834. 211 x 163 mm. Quarter sheep, gilt spine, marbled boards ca. 1834, hinges cracked, lower extremity of spine chipped, light edgewear. Occasional light spotting, two small holes in pp. 127-128 affecting a few letters (sense remains clear), but very good. Presentation Copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “Miss Mugford from Mr. Warren Boston Oct. 9 1835.”
First Edition of the first American manual of conchology. The author, John Warren, was an Englishman who sold shells and other collectibles in Boston as well as to other collectors in the United States. His book organizes shells according to both the Linnean and Lamarckian systems of classification. The recipient of this copy was likely Sarah S. Mugford of Salem, an invalid poet, dressmaker and needlepoint artist; see S. M. Worcester, Triumph in Trial: A Memorial of Sarah S. Mugford (1862). Garrison-Morton.com 12900.Book Id: 45499