[Massachusetts, etc.? ca. late 1890s to 1924].
11 pages. Holograph manuscript lists of common and Latin names, some marginal corrections and notes, one leaf docketed on verso with accounts, 1922-1924; Nassau Fishes with prices of specimens. 4to. Old folds, some stains. Very good. Portraits near fine and fine Reuter p. 195. Item #267615
Sherman Foote Denton (1856-1937), a Massachusetts native and the child of an abolitionist and a radical feminist, was an accomplished artist from his youth. He travelled the world, collecting and illustrating natural history specimens. Denton was adept at preserving specimens, especially butterflies and fish. He was author of As Nature Shows Them. Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains (1900), and is most widely known now for his ichythological work, some of which appeared in the important series of annual reports of the New York State Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission, 1895-1905; and in publications of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The list of “West Coast fishes collected” includes a note “For a good many of the fishes I have neither a common nor a scientific name as yet S.F.D.” The list of “Fishes of the East Coast” includes many of the species he illustrated. Both show signs of revisions and additions.
The two portraits depict Sherman in early adulthood (by F.J. Williams, Natick, Mass.) and some years later (by Partridge Studios, Boston, Brookline).
A choice group of material from a noted American illustrator.
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