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North American Herpetology; or, a Description of the Reptiles Inhabiting the United States

This originally hand-colored lithograph is from John Edwards Holbrook’s North American Herpetology; or, a Description of the Reptiles Inhabiting the United States. The work was published in Philadelphia by J. Dobson in 1842.

Holbrook was dilligent in providing accurate illustrations, providing live specimens to nearly 17 artists in order to best portraty the color and morphology of the animals. Sabin notes: “The first systematic work on the reptiles of the United States ever attempted. The plates are beautifully colored; and the work is worthy of a place in the library of the naturalist by the side of Audubon and Wilson.” (Sabin)

John Edwards Holbrook (1796-1871) was an American physician, zoologist, herpetologist, and naturalist. Through his work North American Herpetology… he illustrated every American species known to that time, which was mostly east of the Mississippi. This earned him being considered as of the Father of American Herpetology.

Provenance: Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA

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