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JOSEPH LEIDY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/11/1885 - HFSID 35540

JOSEPH LEIDY He signs a handwritten inventory of bird parasite specimens (1885) Autograph Documentary Letter signed: "Joseph Leidy", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8 lined paper. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1885 January 11. To "Dear Dr.

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JOSEPH LEIDY
He signs a handwritten inventory of bird parasite specimens (1885)
Autograph Documentary Letter signed: "Joseph Leidy", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8 lined paper. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1885 January 11. To "Dear Dr. Warren", in part: "Since writing I concluded to look over all the specimens you left from time to time, and of which I will give a notice to the Proceedings of the Academy. [A detailed list of 9 specimens follows, all worms extracted from the bodies of various bird types] ... The above I think completes the list unless I have inadvertently left several specimens at the University. Sincerely yours". Joseph Leidy (1823-1891) was a paleontologist who taught anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania and natural history at Swarthmore. He named the first nearly intact dinosaur specimen found in North America (a hadrosaur). An early supporter of Charles Darwin, he published several influential works of natural history. As this signed document seems to indicate, he was also a pioneer parasitologist. Leidy was also a forerunner of forensic criminology. In 1846 he became the first to solve a murder by use of a microscope, proving that blood on a suspects clothing and hatchet could not be chicken blood, as the suspect claimed. A collector of gems as well as fossils, Leidy donated his collection to the Smithsonian. A recent biography of this unfairly neglected science pioneer is titled Joseph Leidy: the Last Man Who Knew Everything. Fold creases, not near signature. Lightly creased at corners. Fine condition.

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