This treatise on Fur-bearing Animals of North America, prepared by Dr. Elliott Coues, is published as a specimen fasciculus of a systematic History of North American Mammals, upon which the author has been long engaged. It is believed that the Monograph satisfactorily reflects the present state of our knowledge of these animals, and forms a desirable contribution to the literature of the general subject. The Muselidae, like most other families of North American mammals, have not been systematically revised for many years, during which much new material, hitherto unused, has become available for the purposes of science.
The late Lieut. Col. W. H. Turton presented a collection of marine mollusks from Port Alfred and the South African faunal area to the United States National Museum with a request for identification and report. At the end of the paper, the author presented what he believed to be a list of all the species that have been reported from South Africa of which there are no specimens in the United States National Museum with hope that list would lead to future collecting.
This fascinating text contains a comprehensive step by step guide pertaining to the preparation and preservation of a bird skin to be used in taxidermy. Containing all the information necessary for such an endeavour and written in an accessible manner, this handbook is perfect for the amateur taxidermist and constitutes a great addition to any collection of taxidermic literature. This book has been elected for modern republication due to its timelessly educational value, and is proudly republished here with a new introduction to the subject. Elliott Coues (1842 – 1899) was an American historian, army surgeon, ornithologist, and author, whose notable works include New England Bird Life (1881) and Birds of the Colorado Valley (1878).