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American Entomology, or Descriptions of the Insects of North America

Illustrated by Titian Ramsay Peale (American, 1799–1885), Illustrated by Charles Alexandre Le Sueur (French, active in United States, 1778–1846), Illustrated by Hugh Bridport (English, active in United States, 1794–about 1868), Illustrated by W. W. Wood (American, active 1825–1830), Engraved by Cornelius Tiebout (American, about 1777?–about 1830), Engraved by James Barton Longacre (American, 1794–1869), Engraved by George S. Lang (American, born in 1799), Author Thomas Say (American, 1787–1834), Publisher Samuel Augustus Mitchell (American, 1792–1868)

Place of Publication: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Catalogue Raisonné

Shoemaker 17901; Nissen 3612; Sabin 77371


Overall: 23.2 x 15.8 x 5.5 cm (9 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 55 etching and engravings, all but one hand-colored

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

Philadelphia: William Brown for Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1824[-1828]) 23.2, three vols. in one; (v. 1) viii, unpaged text, plus 19 plates; (v. 2) unpaged text, plus 18 pls.; (v. 3) unpaged text, plus 18 pls.; contemporary half blind- and gilt-stamped brown morocco, blue cloth boards.

Illustrations of insects.

Philadelphia: William Brown for Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1824[-1828]


John Gerard Heckscher (bookplate); Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Vershbow; their son Alexander, by whom given to MFA December 1985 (accessioned January 22, 1986).

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander R. Vershbow