Ward, Henry Augustus; Catalogue of Casts Of Fossils, from the Principal Museums Of Europe And America, with Short Descriptions and Illustrations. Benton & Andrews, Printers, Rochester, New York, 1866. Small quarto, pp. viii, 228, 2 large folded plates, numerous text figures.
The book is in the original green pebbled cloth with a gilt cover vignette and gilt spine titles. The binding is bright and clean, gilt titles and vignette are bright. Binding is tight with the inner hinges having been expertly tightened. The text and all illustrations are bright and crisp. In very good condition. A rare copy of the first Ward catalogue.
Henry Augustus Ward,(1834–1906) was an American naturalist and geologist, born in Rochester, New York. After attending Williams College and the Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard, where he was an assistant of Louis Agassiz, he traveled to the Middle East, and studied at the Jardin des Plantes, the Sorbonne, and the School of Mines in Paris, and at the universities of Munich and Freiberg. Subsequently, he traveled in West Africa and the West Indies, making natural history collections. In 1860, he returned to Rochester where he was professor at the University of Rochester until 1865.Ward then founded Ward's Natural Science, a pioneering enterprise, which collected specimens from all parts of the world, made casts and then mounted and sold them to colleges and museums. He died on July 4, 1906, after being struck by an automobile in Buffalo, New York, becoming Buffalo's first automobile related fatality. Ward’s company remains in business to this day in Rochester, New York and is known as Ward’s Science.