Birds of Massachusetts and Other New England States


By: Forbush, Edward Howe

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MAGISTERIAL 3-VOLUME MONOGRAPH ON THE BIRDS BY LEGENDARY ORNITHOLOGIST E. H. FORBUSH, ILLUSTRATED WITH 93 COLOR PLATES BY NOTED ARTISTS, WITH ARCHIVE OF LETTERS AND NOTES SIGNED BY FORBUSH. Three hardcover volumes, 10 inches tall, green cloth binding, gilt title to covers and spines, Vol. I, bookplate of Freeman B. Currier to front free endpaper, xxxi, 481 pp, 33 color plates, black & white figures and photographs; Vol II, bookplate of Freeman B. Currier to front free endpaper, xlviii, 461 pp, color plates 34-52, 18 maps, figures & photographs; Vol. III, frontis portrait of author (published year of his death), xlviii, 446 pp, plates 63-93, 17 maps, figures & photographs. Covers clean with light wear to corners, gilt titles bright, bindings tight, light browning to page edges, scattered light foxing to Vol. III, very good. LAID IN VOL. I: Typed letter from John B. May, Director, Division of Ornithology, Department of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, dated Marcj 8, 1929, announcing the death of Forbush; clipping of editorial in New York Times, August 28, 1927, announcing the death of Fuertes; 5x8 inch autograph leaf titled, Many birds destroyed in May by cold, hunger, and their enemies, signed by E. H. Forbush; TLS from E. H. Forbush to Freeman B. Currier, December 28, 1914, discussing appearance of mockingbirds in Massachussetts, with detailed autograph note on verso in Forbush's hand, describing unusual hummingbird behavior; TLS from E. H. Forbush to Currier, October 17, 1921, thanking him for report on birds including sapsucker and starlings; TLS from E. H. Forbush to Currier, December 15, 1921, thanking him for notes on shrikes and mockingbirds; TLS from Albert P. Morse (1863-1936), Curator of Natural History, Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusette to Currier, November 18, 1930, regarding his reporting of the appearance of the Arkansas Kingbird in Massachusetts; Folded leaflet, The Red-Shouldered Hawk by Roger T. Peterson, published by the National Association of Audubon Societies; 7x9 inch chromolithograph plate depicting Carolina Paroquet (life-size), published by Chicago Colortype Co., Nature Study Pub. Co., Chicago, 1899, with penciled note verso, Formerly eastern U.S./ Now southern Florida & Indian Ter. EDWARD HOWE FORBUSH (1858 ?1929) was a noted Massachusetts ornithologist and a prolific writer, best known for his book Birds of New England. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1858, he was a precocious naturalist. His family moved to West Roxbury, when he was seven. As an older child, he conducted field studies of area wildlife and also studied taxidermy. Once again, his family moved to Worcester, where he became a member of the Worcester Natural History Society, and began to publish the results of his studies. At the age of sixteen he was appointed Curator of Ornithology of the Society's museum. In 1893, Forbush was appointed Ornithologist to the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture. In 1908 he became the Massachusetts State Ornithologist. His work Birds of Massachusetts (and Other New England States) is a three-volume set of books published 1925?1929 by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. Title notwithstanding, it was and remains a valuable reference regarding not just New England birds but also in regard to ornithology of the Northeast and farther afield. LOUIS AGASSIZ FUENTES (1874 ? 1927) was an American ornithologist, illustrator and artist who set the rigorous and current-day standards for ornithological art and naturalist depiction and is considered one of the most prolific American bird artists, second only to his guiding professional predecessor John James Audubon. As a child, he had been influenced by John James Audubon's The Birds of America. At the age of fourteen, he made his first painting of a bird, a male red crossbill, from life. He learned to keep careful records of the appearance, habits and voices of birds. Fuertes later traveled across much of the United States and to many countries in pursuit of birds, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Ethiopia. Fuertes influenced many later wildlife artists including Roger Tory Peterson, Jörg Kühn and Conrad Roland. The Wilson Ornithological Society established the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Award in 1947. Fuertes' works are considered some of the most accurate and natural depictions of birds. He had an ability to capture the bird in action and reproduce illustrations from a mental image. ALLAN CYRIL BROOKS (1869 ? 1946) was an ornithologist and bird artist who lived in Canada. His father William Edwin Brooks had been a keen ornithologist in India but growing up in a farming household in Canada made his entry into the career of bird art much more difficult than for his contemporary Louis Agassiz Fuertes in the United States of America. His painting style was more impressionist with a greater emphasis on the habitat than on fine details of plumage. After Fuertes' death in a road accident, he was commissioned to complete the plates for Birds of Massachusetts. PROVENANCE: FREEMAN BURGESS CURRIER (1874- 1935) died unmarried and lived his entire life in Newburyport with his father, mother, and sister Laura. He worked at building ships like his father, as a draftsman. Currier's correspondence with Forbush (offered here) establishes him as one of the network of tipsters who provided the author with grist for his great treatise. This is highlighted in a delightful eassay on the work by E. B. White published in the New Yorker in 1966 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1966/02/26/mr-forbushs-friends): I managed to acquire a set of "Birds of Massachusetts" about twenty years ago, and have been reading around in the books ever since, for refreshment and instruction. ... . To me, one of the chief amusements of the work is the presence of Mr. Forbush's large company of informers, or tipsters: people who at one time or another wrote him or phoned him to tell of an encounter with a bird?a strange doing, an odd fact, a bizarre occurrence. By paying heed to these people and giving them houseroom, Mr. Forbush adds greatly to his own abundant store of knowledge besides livening things up for the reader. He welcomes tipsters just as a newspaper columnist welcomes them. ... If Edward Howe Forbush's prose is occasionally overblown, this results from a genuine ecstasy in the man, rather than from lack of discipline. Reading the essays, one shares his ecstasy. I have nothing in my bookshelves that I turn to more often or with greater satisfaction than his "Birds." He is a man for all seasons, and, like a flight of geese, he carries his reader along into seasons yet to come.

Title: Birds of Massachusetts and Other New England States

Author Name: Forbush, Edward Howe

Edition: First edition (Vol. 1, 2nd printing; Vols. 2 & 3, 1st printing--all published)

Location Published: Norwood, Mass., Massachusetts Department of Agriculture: 1925-1929

Categories: Other

Seller ID: 1344

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