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LOUIS AGASSIZ - CHECK ENDORSED 01/16/1873 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES R. OSGOOD - HFSID 285106

 

LOUIS AGASSIZ and JAMES R. OSGOOD
Osgood wrote this $260 check, and Louis Agassiz endorsed it, in 1873, the year he died. Osgood's firm had published, and would soon re-issue, Agassiz' Geological Sketches.
Check signed and endorsed: "James R. Osgood" (signer), "L. Agassiz" (endorsement), 7x3. Boston, Massachusetts, 1873 January 16. Check # 1864, drawn on the account of James R. Osgood & Co., payable to Prof. Louis Agassiz for $260.56. Born in French-speaking Switzerland and educated at European universities, LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873) accepted a Professorship at Harvard (1848) and spent the rest of his life promoting American science. He made highly influential studies of fossil fish and glaciers, coining the term "Ice Age" to describe an ancient era of extensive glaciation. Although his fossil studies were used by others to support Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Agassiz never accepted that doctrine. He espoused catastrophism, believing that new species emerged after such upheavals, and defined a species as "a thought of God". Agassiz died on December 12, 1873, less than a year after signing this check. JAMES R. OSGOOD took over the prestigious Boston publishing firm of Ticknor and Fields in the late 1870s, arranging subsequent mergers which turned it into the publishing powerhouse Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (1880). Osgood published many distinguished authors, including several works by his personal friend Samuel Clemens, and also published the Atlantic Monthly. He published the first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, but declined to re-issue it after Boston's district attorney threatened legal action against it. The first edition of Geological Sketches, by Louis Agassiz, was published by Ticknor and Fields in 1866 and re-issued by what was now Osgood's company in 1876. Osgood's check may have been a royalty payment, or an advance on revisions of the work. Stained and worn at edges. Lightly soiled. Paper residue (previous mounting) on verso. Round processing hole at center section. Lower right corner missing.


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LOUIS AGASSIZ
Born: May 28, 1807
Died: December 12, 1873



JAMES R. OSGOOD
Born: Circa 1836 in Fryeburg, Maine
Died: Circa 1892





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