Heilprin, Angelo; Explorations on the West Coast of Florida and in the Okeechobee Wilderness, with Special Reference to the Geology and Zoology of the Floridian Peninsula. Vol. 1, Trans. Wagner Free Institute, Philadelphia, 1887. Quarto, pp. vi, 134, 21 plates.
The book is the first edition and is complete. It is in a modern cloth with a calf spine label. The binding is tight and clean, the original cover is bound in and has the inscription "Prof. Alpheus Hyatt (1838-1902, American paleontologist) with the compliments of Angelo Heilprin". Original cover has edge wear and light soiling, text and plates are very clean. In very good condition.
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An Hungarian Geologist and paleontologist; Heilprin (1853-1907) travelled extensively. He arrived in the United States with his father and brother in 1856. Heilprin is mostly known for his research on the Peary expedition to Greenland in 1891-1892, his observations and studies of the Mt. Pelee eruption in Martinique, and his studies in Florida. He became a professor of invertebrate paleontology and geology and museum curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia in 1880. Heilprin was also a professor of geology at the Wagner Free Institute in Philadelphia and it was this association with that institution that led to his work in Florida. In 1886 Heilprin undertook an expedition to the then little-known west coast of Florida. His above study contains his observations made during that expedition. It is one of the first systematic treatments of the mollusca of Florida and contains several new taxa which are described here for the first time.