SALVIN,Osbert. 20443



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Osbert Salvin’, to Sir John [Lubbock], referring to Lubbock’s invitation, explaining that Godman “is in Egypt & is not expected home before the end of the month”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, traces of corner mounting on verso. 10 Chandos Street, 8 March 1898. Uncommon. Osbert Salvin FRS (1835 –1898), English naturalist, ornithologist, and herpetologist best known for co-authoring Biologia Centrali-Americana (1879–1915) with Frederick DuCane Godman. This was a 52 volume encyclopedia on the natural history of Central America. Salvin accompanied his second cousin by marriage, Henry Baker Tristram, in a natural history exploration of Tunisia and eastern Algeria. Their account of this trip was published in The Ibis in 1859 and 1860. In the autumn of 1857, he made the first of several visits to Guatemala, returning there with Frederick DuCane Godman in 1861. It was during this journey that the Biologia Centrali-Americana was planned. In 1871 he became editor of The Ibis.