Title: Flora of the Southern United States: ...
New York. Ivison, Phinney & Co. 1865. xxxviii,621 pages. 8-11/16 inches. Blind stamped cloth. Extremities rubbed. Four of five binding cords broken between the copyright page and the dedication page. Overall good + condition. - - - Bookseller’s embossing on the front end page: "Hopkin’s Franklin Pub. Co., 121 PA. Ave., Washington D.C." Interesting association item: Signed in ink on the front end page by "Robert Ridgway / Nov. 18, 1871" with occasional notations and numerous markings in pencil. Historical Note: Robert Ridgway (1850-1929) was the curator of the Smithsonian’s bird collections for forty-nine years. His interest in ornithology began at an early age as he observed and drew birds near his home in Olney, Illinois. After several years of correspondence with Smithsonian assistant secretary, Spencer F. Baird, Ridgway developed into a serious student of natural history. He later assisted in writing the technical descriptions and drawing the illustrations for the first three volumes of Baird’s A History of North American Birds. His only compensation was a rent-free dormitory room in the Smithsonian Building. In 1874, Ridgway was appointed Smithsonian ornithologist and after Baird’s death in 1887, assumed his role as America’s leading professional ornithologist. During the period Ridgway worked in his office on the fifth floor of the south tower of the Smithsonian Building, he published over 300 articles and produced countless drawings of birds and bird eggs. The 550 articles and books Ridgway published throughout his long career combined with the 23 species, 10 subspecies, and two genera of birds named for him ensure that his name is perpetuated in the field of ornithology. Published "Color Standards and Color Nomenclature" See: http://vertebrates.si.edu/birds/Hall_of_fame/InMemoriamPDFs/Ridgway_condor.pdf The Condor. A Bi-Monthly Magazine of Western Ornithology. Vol XXX. No. 1. January - February 1928. "Robert Ridgway with a Bibliography of his Published Writings and Fifty Illustrations." By Harry Harris. Bookseller Inventory # 000787
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