Hay, Oliver P.; Three volume set, The Pleistocene Vertebrates of North America

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Hay, Oliver P.; The Pleistocene of North America and its Vertebrated Animals from the States East of the Mississippi River and from the Canadian Provinces East of Longitude 95°. Carnegie Inst. Pub. 322, Washington, 1923. & The Pleistocene of the Middle Region of North America and its Vertebrated Animals. Washington, Carnegie Inst. Pub. 322-A, Washington, 1924. & The Pleistocene of the Western Region of North America and Its Vertebrated Animals. Carnegie Inst. Pub. 322-B, Washington, 1927. Octavo, Pub. 322, pp. viii, 499, 41 maps and plates, 25 text figures. Pub. 322-A, pp. v, 385, 29 maps and plates, 5 text figures. Pub. 322-B, pp. 4, 346, 31 maps, 12 plates, 19 text figures. 

The three volumes form a complete set and are in the original brown leatherette with gilt spine titles. The bindings are tight, minor scuffing to boards and edges, owner’s catalog number smudge mark on lower spine. Text is free of any markings, text is lightly toned. In very good condition.

Oliver P. Hay (1846-1930) was an American paleontologist and zoologist. He taught at various colleges in the midwest before becoming a curator for two years at the Field Museum. In 1912 he was appointed as a research associate at thee Carnegie Institution with office space provided at the USNM. It was here that he did much work with the museum’s collections in vertebrate paleontology, especially fossil turtles and Pleistocene mammals. The three catalogues that he completed are provided here. They immediately became the standard reference aid to the Pleistocene vertebrate paleontology in America.