Elliot Coues: Naturalist and Frontier Historian

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"Best known as the author of the pioneering Key to North American Birds, Elliott Coues (1842-99) was one of America's most renowned but least understood ornithologists and historians - as well as a naturalist, anatomist, taxonomist, writer and editor, army surgeon on the American frontier, occultist, and the youngest person ever to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences. This comprehensive biography of a brilliant, ambitious, and phenomenally productive man, now available in paperback, ranks as the definitive life of Elliott
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"Best known as the author of the pioneering Key to North American Birds, Elliott Coues (1842-99) was one of America's most renowned but least understood ornithologists and historians - as well as a naturalist, anatomist, taxonomist, writer and editor, army surgeon on the American frontier, occultist, and the youngest person ever to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences. This comprehensive biography of a brilliant, ambitious, and phenomenally productive man, now available in paperback, ranks as the definitive life of Elliott Coues."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252069871
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
I. On the Coast of Labrador 3
II. Young Naturalist on the Piscataqua 15
III. Beside the Potomac 29
IV. Trail to the Southwest 51
V. "A Month's Journey from Anywhere" 64
VI. From the Desert to the Sea 77
VII. Post Surgeon in Columbia 91
VIII. Fort Macon, North Carolina 105
IX. Fort McHenry, Baltimore 121
X. Fort Randall, Dakota Territory 138
XI. Along the 49th Parallel 159
XII. Life Histories and Bibliography 178
XIII. The Years with Hayden 193
XIV. Agony in Arizona 214
XV. Army Surgeon to Civilian 233
XVI. Ornithological Exactitude 243
XVII. Coues and the A.O.U. 261
XVIII. Welcomed in Europe 277
XIX. Theosophy and Spiritualism 292
XX. A.O.U. Code and Check-List 309
XXI. A New Wife and Women's Rights 325
XXII. Coues and Lewis and Clark 339
XXIII. Further Adventures in Historical Editing 364
XXIV. Traders, Trappers, and Artists 379
XXV. Coues, Robins, and The Osprey 395
XXVI. Last Trails 410
Postlude 425
Appendix A New Birds Described by Elliott Coues 432
Appendix B New Mammals Described by Elliott Coues 435
Appendix C Elliott Coues' Memberships in Learned Societies 437
Bibliography 439
Index 481
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