Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1902. xv,350pp. plus forty-nine color plates and three folding maps. With pp. offprint laid in, Barton Warren Evermann: Descriptions of New Genera and Species of Fishes from Puerto Rico, Washington, 1899. Large octavo. Original blue cloth, spine gilt. Light wear and soiling to spine, corners rubbed. Internally clean. Very good. Item #1401
Report on the wildlife of Puerto Rico, based on investigations into the subject undertaken after we claimed Puerto Rico as a colony in the wake of the Spanish-American War. This work of natural history features forty-nine handsome chromolithographs printed by premier lithographer Julius Bien. Each notes the scientific name of the fish, often with its common name, as well as notation on size (natural size, about half size, etc), and each is eye-catchingly bright with color. An important work from the days when government scientific reports were still produced with an eye for artistic flair.