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How to Know the Spiders
By B. J. Kaston
WCB/McGraw-Hill, 1978
ISBN: 0-697-04898-5
Cite: 2478 with citation markup [cite:2478]

B.J. vs. Barbara (3rd edition)

Amazon lists the spiral-bound 3rd edition for sale (just ordered), but as author gives "Barbara Kaston" (his 2nd wife). I know from reading the obit in the JoA that Kaston was "B.J." (Benjamin Julian). So, what is the story here? Did she publish this edition posthumously, and if so, why with her name? Or did someone simply get this wrong?


BTW, I just received the 2nd edition -- worth the price simply for the charming illustrations, in particular "One way to collect spiders". The pen-and-ink drawings (by Kaston's first wife, as I understand it) remind me very much of Hugh Lofting's (Dr. Dolittle) charming illustrations.

Nice Book!
This is one book I checked out from the library that caused me to seriously contemplate if I should just keep the book and pretend like I lost it; I would of gladly paid the fines!

I found the following page which details updates to the taxonomy in this book.

This hyperlink is unfortunately broken.
Does anyone know if this information is still available ?
I found an archived copy at

Thanks, Mike !

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