Five more copies found in the entomology library here at the NMNH: 637, 74, 961, a2, a3 (all in ink on p. 95).
Eugenio H. Nearns, Ph.D.
National Specialist – Coleoptera
National Identification Services (NIS)
USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Health Programs
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC 20560 USA
Editor, Zootaxa (Cerambycidae)
Editor, PESW (Coleoptera)
The copy in the Penn State library has 217 in ink on pg 95. The title page has a series of numbers in pencil next to each line (7, 10, 3, 10, 15, 15)
Michael Skvarla, Ph.D.
Insect Identifier and Extension Educator
Department of Entomology
Penn State University
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Mike and All:
The copy in our Museum Library (Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History,The College of Idaho) has a “130” in ink, slightly smeared, on page 95. The book was a gift to the Museum from Charles S. Papp.
Here is a photo of the front cover (pencil 1910 on bottom), it has been hard bound and page 95 (ink 130 on bottom).
William H. Clark, Director
Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
The College of Idaho
Caldwell, Idaho 83605 USA
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On Feb 14, 2019, at 9:51 AM, Shawn Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A copy at BYU is labeled 317 on page 95 (ink, hand-written). On page 94, opposite this number, there is an ink blotch.
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Brigham Young University
I was goofing off as usual and was using my copy of Blatchley’s 1910 “An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of the Coleoptera or Beetles (Exclusive of the Rhynchophora) Known to Occur in Indiana”. It’s an original printing that I bought online back in 2007. Despite a little water damage, it’s a very clean copy with no writing. However, “512” is hand written in black ink at the bottom of page 95.
I checked all the other copies I could find (see attached) and all of them have numbers written at the bottom of page 95: 5, 362, 576, 961. All different and all below 1000.
Was each copy individually numbered? And, how many copies were printed?
There is some discrepancy about how many copies were printed.
Based on the front material of the book (see attached), it seems like only 1000 copies were printed at cost of $3,800 (or less).
However Mallis (1971) says: “Because the state refused to publish this as part of the Geological Survey, it was paid for out of other State funds. Blatchley personally paid for a private edition of 1,000 copies.”
Marché (2010) says: “Two printings of the volume were made: one funded by the State of Indiana and another private edition (of 1,000 copies) by Blatchley himself.”
All the copies I’ve looked at say “(Date of issue of this volume, September 20, 1910.)” at the bottom of page 1386. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Were there really two printings?
So check page 95 of your copy and report back! You might have number 1!
Marché, J. D. 2010. A classic tome turns 100: W. S. Blatchley's Coleoptera in Indiana. The Coleopterists Bulletin 64(2): 157–159.
Mallis, A. 1971. American Entomologists. Rutgers University Press, NJ.
Michael L. Ferro
Collection Manager, Clemson University Arthropod Collection (CUAC)
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences
277 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0310
OFFICE: 307 Long Hall
Subject Editor: The Coleopterists Bulletin; Insecta Mundi