Key to North American Birds. Containing a Concise Account of Every Species of Living and Fossil Bird at Present Known from the Continent North of the Mexican and United States Boundary
Place Published: Salem, MA
Publisher: Naturalists' Agency
Date Published: 1872
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 36452
361pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Green cloth with gilt a stamped title on the backstrip and birds gilt stamped on the front board (large) and again on the backstrip. Very good. Light rubbing to corners. Cloth (but not the board) is splitting at the front hinge.
Ex-libris of cartographer F.M. Bishop, who was a member of the first John Wesley Powell expedition. Bishop's bookplate is on the rear pastedown. Coues classic study on the subject. Profusely illustrated including six steel engravings. Nice association copy between two early members of what would become the USGS. Coues was a member of the Hayden's United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, serving as the ornithologist.