Jerome van Crowninshield Smith Natural History of the Fishes of Massachusetts

Natural History of the Fishes of Massachusetts

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Excerpt from Natural History of the Fishes of Massachusetts: Embracing a Practical Essay on Angling

In the course of several years residence on a small island in Boston harbor, the author became interested in the study of ichthyology. The daily opportunities which the locality afforded of examining a large portion of the species described in the following pages, resulted, three years since, in a catalogue of the fishes of the Northern States; - but within a few months past, the manuscript has been revised, and that part of it is now presented, which more particularly relates to Massachusetts.

There are many unfortunate errors, and repetitions, which escaped notice, till it was too late to make the corrections. The distance at which the writer resides from the compositor, and the extreme difficulty, oftentimes, of going to the city, against wind and tide, are some, among many apologies, that might be offered in extenuation of these vexatious deformities. A table of errata, however, is inserted at the end.

With respect to the engravings, they are far short, in many instances, of what was anticipated.

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