Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1856. Hardcover. Octavo; pp. (ii), 336 with index; Three lithographic insect frontispiece plates, and woodcuts; embossed black cloth, gilt; wear and chipping at spine ends; Previous owner's name on the front free fly leaf; Presentation orange bookplate from B. P. Johnson Secretary of the New York State Agricultural Society. Very good. Item #13031
Dr. Asa Fitch (1809-1879) was a natural historian and entomologist. His early studies were of both natural history and medicine, which he studied at the newly formed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1854 he became the first professional entomologist of New York State Agricultural Society (commissioned by the State of New York). This made him the first occupational entomologist in the United States. His vast studies of many insects helped scientists to solve some of the problems of crop damage caused by insects. Many of his notebooks are now the property of the Smithsonian Institution. Fitch also discovered the Rodent Botfly Cuterebra emasculator in 1856.