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EDWARD S. MORSE LETTER SIGNED, ZOOLOGIST, ARCHAEOLOGIST, ORIENTALIST, JAPAN, MOLLUSKS

$225.00

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HE WAS A CO-FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL THE AMERICAN NATURALIST WHICH WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR AMERICAN NATURAL HISTORY, BECAUSE IT WAS WRITTEN BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, BUT AIMED TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO A WIDE READERSHIP. HE IS ALSO CONSIDERED THE “FATHER OF JAPANESE ARCHAEOLOGY”.

EDWARD SYLVESTER MORSE (1838-1925) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, “Very truly Edw. S. Morse”, on a card 4 x 2.5, May 19, 1907, Salem [MA], written to a Mr. Cole, by the American zoologist, archaeologist, and orientalist, who is considered the “Father of Japanese archaeology”. He served as Louis Agassiz’s assistant at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard until 1862 and rapidly became successful in the field of zoology, specializing in malacology, or the study of mollusks. From 1877-1880 he was the first professor of zoology at the Tokyo Imperial University and while in the country he discovered the Omori shell mound, the excavation of which opened the study of archaeology and anthropology in Japan and shed much light on the material culture of prehistoric Japan. He wrote several books on his travels to the Far East. Morse was also the Director of the Peabody Academy of Science and was chairman of both the Boston Museum and the Peabody Museum. He had a great interest in Japanese pottery and accumulated a large collection which he later donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His handwritten letter, in full: “Gladly would I give you a sentiment but I am squeezed by the necessity of conjuring up ideas for an address to be made in your city May 30 – So you will excuse me.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.

$225   #12630