Miller, John Samuel (Sebastian?); A Natural History of the Crinoidea, or Lily-Shaped Animals; With Observations on the Genera, Asteria, Euryale, Comatula & Marsupites, illustrated with fifty colored plates.Bristol: Published for the Author by C. Frost, Broad Street;…. 1821. Large quarto, pp. viii, 2 page subscribers list, 150, errata, 50 hand-tinted lithographed plates by the author.
The work is complete and in a modern linen with penned spine label. The binding is tight and clean, text has minor light foxing. Over all in very good condition.
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John Samuel (Sebastian?) Miller (1779-1830) was an English naturalist and physician. He was a prominent member of the Linnean Society and wrote on crinoids and belemnites. While most of his research took place in the Bristol region he also travelled to the Mendips.
His work “Natural History of the Crinoidea” is by far his most important. Within the study he provides a systematic description of the various crinoidea. Due to the expense involved in the production of the beautiful plates, Miller limited the number of copies to subscribers. The subscribers list calls for 140 copies and includes such prominent scientists as William Buckland, Adam Sedgwick, Gideon Mantell, George B. Sowerby, James Parkinson, William Phillips as well as many local residents who aided Miller in acquiring specimens for his vast collection of crinoids.