Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1859 [wrapper date: 1860]. Large 8vo, 10" x 13." Original printed wrappers [chipped at edges and along spine]. Untrimmed, partly uncut, clean text, generously margined. pp xiv; viii, 132 + 5 full-page plates; brilliant plate frontis showing total exclipse of the sun, 7 Sept. 1858, , 18; 20; , 112; color map frontis, vi, 58 + two full-page plates; map frontis, , 84; 26 + 13 full-page color meteorological charts. Near Fine.
The 'Contributions' series appeared with volume one in 1848, and continued through volume 35 in 1916. This volume is an admirable production, featuring Brewer's North American Oology; Lieut. Gilliss's Account of the Total Eclipse of the Sun on September 7, 1858; Bache's Discussion of the Magnetic and Meteorological Observations made at Girard College Observatory 1841-1845; Charles Schott's reduction and discussion of Kane's Meteorological Observations in the Arctic Seas; Le Conte's Coleoptera of Kansas and Eastern New Mexico. Each article is separately paginated and indexed, and numerous maps and plates are as collated. FIRST EDITION. Sabin 85072. Item #15029