Alexander Wilson / Thomas Mayo Brewer WILSON'S AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY ... Lot 4365
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Title: Wilson's American Ornithology, with Notes by Jardine: To Which Is Added a Synopsis of American Birds, Including Those Described by Bonaparte, Audubon, Nutall, and Richardson
Author: Alexander Wilson - Alexander Wilson was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator. Wilson is now regarded as the greatest American ornithologist prior to Audubon. It was his meeting with Audubon in Louisville, Kentucky in 1810 which probably inspired the younger man to produce a book of his own bird illustrations, though Audubon's reaction to Wilson was decidedly ambiguous.
Several species of bird were named after him, including Wilson's Storm-petrel, Wilson's Plover, Wilson's Phalarope, Wilson's Snipe and Wilson's Warbler. The warbler genus Wilsonia was also named for him by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is also named after him., Thomas Mayo Brewer - Thomas Mayo Brewer was an American naturalist.
Mayo is best known as the joint author, with Baird and Ridgway, of "A History of North American Birds" (3 volumes, 1874), which was the first attempt since John James Audubon's (thirty years prior) to complete the study of American ornithology.
Brewer was born in Boston, the younger brother of noted Boston merchant Gardner Brewer. He graduated