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Date Listed 26-Jun-17
Address West Vancouver, BC V7W3J3
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Engraving, 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" (actual image) by and signed by Anna Botsford Comstock with personal note of thanks to J. W. Gibson.

Signed engravings by Anna Comstock are very rare.

Anna Comstock was one of the leading, and most influential, women of her time.

Anna Botsford Comstock: September 1, 1854 - August 24, 1930. American artist, educator, conservationist and leader of the nature study movement.

Anna illustrated her husband's, John Henry Comstock, lectures and publications on insects. In 1885 she received a degree in natural history and in 1888 became one of the first four women to be admitted to Sigma Xi, a national honor society for the sciences.

Comstock made engravings for over 600 plates for:

Manual for the Study of Insects (1895);
Insect Life (1897); and,
How to Know the Butterflies (1904).

The latter two were co-authored by Anna.

She also wrote and illustrated:

Ways of the Six-Footed (1903);
How to Keep Bees (1905);
The Handbook of Nature Study (1911);
The Pet Book (1914); and,
Trees at Leisure (1916).

Anna Comstock became the first female professor at Cornell, retiring in 1922 as professor emerita.

In 1923 Anna Botsford Comstock was nominated by the National League of Women Voters as being among the twelve greatest women in the country.

In 1988 Anna was inducted into the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Hall of Fame.

Also included: Manual for the Study of Insects 4th Edition - Comstock. Inside signed "J. W. Gibson", the recipient of the signed engraving.

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