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Pike (Nicholas) Flora and Fauna of Mauritius
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The second volume of Flora and Fauna of Mauritius by Nicholas Pike; it includes the manuscript of the volume, research notes, correspondence, and watercolor drawings of butterflies, fish, insects, spiders of Mauritius.
Nicholas Pike (1817-1905) was an American diplomat and naturalist. Nicholas (also spelled Nicolas) Pike was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and as a young man worked as an employee of a paper business in Brooklyn, New York. He was mainly self-taught as a naturalist and became involved with various Natural History societies and clubs by his 30s. In 1852, he accepted the post of United States General Counsel to Portugal and served for six years. During the American Civil War he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Union army. In 1866, Pike was appointed as Consul to Mauritius and served in that post until 1873; while there he pursued his interest in natural history and collected many specimens of fish, spiders, insects, and butterflies, most of which he sent to various museums in the United States and Europe. After returning to the United States, he married his third wife, Maria Louisa Hadley in 1875, whom he met in Mauritius; they continued to collaborate in their natural history studies, collecting, writing, and drawing. Maria Louisa died in 1892 and Nicholas died in 1905 at the age of 87.
4.16 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
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