Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. This book focuses on the top 500 sites to find birds in New York State. More than 400 species are discussed, with special emphasis on rare spots, such as the 25 best sites for observing hawk migrations. The book includes 106 maps. Octavo. Blue cloth boards with gilt title in black box on spine. Grey and white dust jacket, with white title and bird photo to front and black title to white spine. Pages are bright and clean. Cover is in fine condition. Dust jacket has minor wear, with several small closed tears to top front. Small close tears and light foxing to ear panel of jacket. 499 pages, including index. NAT/060622. Fine / Very Good.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882. Hardcover. An attractive copy of this interesting travelogue of the author's journeys in Scandinavia. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt sun and flying birds decoration to front covers and gilt titling to spines. Some fading to covers and rubbing and fraying to spine edges. Hinges tender and frontis in Volume 2 is loose. Color map in rear pocket of Volume 2 is present with closed tear along one of the folds. Interior pages have light browning to margins but clean and quite readable. Two hundred b&w illustrations throughout. Very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: 441 pages; Volume II: 474 pages including index. TRAVEL/060822. Very Good.
Greenville, Delaware: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 1971. Hardcover. John E. duPont was the founder of the Delaware Museum of Natural History and assembled at the museum one of the finest collections of Philippines birds in existence. He led a number of expeditions to the Philippines beginning in 1958. This publication is Monograph Series No. 2 from the museum. Contains numerous full-page color illustrations. Quarto. Red cloth cover with gilt title to front and spine. Light blue dust jacket with dark blue title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean, with toning to top of page block. Dust jacket has wear to edges including several closed and open tears, and slight fading to spine and a few small spots of soiling. 480 pages, including index. NAT/061322. Very Good / Very Good.
Wilmington: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 1976. Hardcover. John E. duPont was the founder of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. This publication is Monograph Series No. 3 from the museum. It covers birds from the island groups of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook, Society, Tuamotu, Matquesas, Austral, Pitcairn, and Henderson. 183 species are described. There are 31 full-color plates. Octavo. Olive-green cloth cover with gilt title to front and spine. White illustrated dust jacket with teal title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean. Dust jacket has a small closed tear at top gutter, minor smudging, and foxing to back panel. 218 pages, including index. NAT/061622. Fine / Very Good.
Washington DC: Union Office, 1856. Paperback. First Edition. The Whig Party died before the 1856 elections, killed by the Sectional Crisis. Where would the Party faithful go? To Fillmore, the former Whig Vice President, now running on the American [Know-Nothing] ticket? To Buchanan, the candidate of the Democrats, the only remaining national party? Or to Fremont, the first standard-bearer of the new Republican Party? These Maryland Whigs warn their constituents to stay away from the Republicans: "The triumph of sectionalism the death-knell of the Union." Avoidance of "northern or southern fanaticism" requires Whigs to "rebuke sectional fanaticism, and preserve our country ..." The American Party advocates an unseemly religious bigotry and, in any event, Fillmore is a throw-away vote. Lovers of the Union -- like the great Whig Henry Clay, were he alive today -- must therefore vote for Buchanan. Off-white paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Scattered light soiling and foxing throughout, but clean overall. 16 pages. AMER/060722. Very Good.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1955. Hardcover. Joan Evans is the co-editor, with J. Howard Whitehouse, of the published diaries of John Ruskin, which were release in 1956. This biography was written concurrently with the publication of the diaries, which provided much source material. Ms. Evans sympathetic to Ruskin, considers his story of a tragedy Octavo, blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Spine is slightly faded. Previous owner's name stamped on bottom end pages; previous bookseller label on bottom inside cover. No dust jacket. 447 pages. PRERAPH/050422. Very Good.
Great Britain: Rutldege and Kegan Paul, 1973. Hardcover. This is a part of The Critical Heritage series, which covers more than 90 authors and documents their criticism by contemporaries. Includes 84 reviews and articles of numerous Morris works, with a 29-page introduction by Faulkner. Contemporaries include Swinburne, Henry James, Walter Pater, Ruskin, Tennyson, Browning, Rossetti,and Wilde. Octavo, paperback, bright and clean, in very good condition. 465 pages, including index. MOR/050522. Very Good.
London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1901. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 280 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. Bound in printed paper covered boards in buff and green with 'dead leaves' design over grey-blue paper covered spine with paper title label to spine. Browning to spine, title label, and top edges of boards. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Small spots of foxing to boards and a few spots of soiling to spine and boards. Bump and chipping to foot of spine. Offsetting to endpapers and occasoinal spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Foxing to fore-edge. Printed in red and black Vale type. Pages are unopened. [85 pages.] PRI/062722. Very Good +.
London: Ballantyne Press [Vale Press], 1898. Limited Edition. Paper covered boards. 8vo. 1 of 210 copies. It was printed at the Ballantyne Press under the supervision of the founder of the Vale Press, Charles Ricketts. Michael Field was the pseudonym of the poets/playrights Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper, who were aunt and niece as well as lesbian lovers. They were part of the 1890s circle and close friends of Charles Ricketts and his partner, Charles Shannon. In her bibliography of the Vale Press, Maureen Watry recounts the rather complicated publication history of this title. Ultimately the writers were delighted with the outcome, particularly the design of the title page and of the flying peacock motif on the paper boards. Harris in fact wrote in her journal that the title page’s capital letter was ‘the most beautiful...in the whole world.’ (See Watry, The Vale Press, pages 142-144). The play itself was regarded by Cooper as a masterpiece. Very good in speckled green and buff peacock patterned paper covered boards with greyish-blue paper covered spine. The spine is darkened with bumping to ends and scuff mark with bump to edge. Browning to title label, top edges of boards, and to blue paper. The boards show minor wear to edges and corners. Some offsetting to end papers and a few spots of foxing to edges of several pages. Very occasional small spots of foxing elsewhere to interior. Printed in black Vale type with red type and ornament to a list of characters and to the title page. Pages are unopened. A desirable copy of this lovely Vale Press title. cxvi pages plus colophon. PRI/062722. Very Good +.
Kathmandu: Robert L. Fleming, Sr. and Jr., 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Birds of Nepal is written in a field guide form. 741 species are described and illustrated in 150 color plates. Robert Fleming, Sr. had lived in the Himalayas for 45 years at the time of publication, and he was an author of other books on the birds of Nepal from as early as 1955. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 4 3/4"). Purple cloth cover with yellow title to front and spine. Illustrated dust jacket with blue title on front panel and black title on white spine panel. Pages are clean and bright. Cover is faded, with sunning to spine. Spine is rolled. Dust jacket is worn at edges, with several small closed tears to top. 349 pages, including index. NAT/060622. Very Good / Very Good.
Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, 1929. Hardcover. Volume I is a first edition, 3rd printing issued in 1929. The other two volumes are first printings. Edward Forbush Howe (1858 - 1929) was a noted ornithologist from Massachusetts. At the age of 16, he became the curator of ornithology of the Worcester Natural History Society. Later in life, he founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society. All volumes are bound in matching green cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front boards. All volumes have minor wear to edges and bumping to corners. Volume I has a short tear to the bookcloth on the head of the spine. Gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper of Volume II. Foxing and light toning to margins throughout all volumes, but heavier in second and third volumes. All volumes contain color plates as well as line drawings within the text. Volume I is 481 pages; Volume II is 461 pages; Volume III is 466 pages. NAT/060922. Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Modern Library Edition. #298 SCARCE IN JACKET. Green cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. Slight toning to text block. Occasional soiling to margins otherwise a clean copy. Cream paper dust jacket with black title to spine. Jacket has moderate edge wear and minor rubbing to spine and back panel. 285 pages. HOLOCAUST/121521. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons The Knickerbocker Press, n.d. Hardcover. "The unmutilated and correct version." A handsome copy of this edition of Franklin's famous autobiography from the text that John Bigelow had edited for the Collected Edition of Franklin's Works in the 1870s. There is no copyright date for this version although there is an ink ownership inscription dated 1926. Bound in three quarter brown leather with green cloth boards. Gilt titling to spine. Leather is bumped, rubbed, and chipped along spine edges. Green cloth endpapers and t.e.g. Text pages clean. Very good condition. Octavo. 325 pages including index. AMERBIO/040722. Very Good.
Buffalo: Geo. H. Derby and Co., 1849. Hard Cover. John Charles Fremont was a major historical figure of the 19th century. He was an important explorer of the far west and famous in Gold Rush history, one of the first two U.S. Senators from California, and a failed Republican presidential candidate. He became rich during the California Gold Rush, although he later lost his fortune. His writings recounting his explorations were both significant and popular contributions to the growth and development of the country. Bound in original dark brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges and corners with chipping to book cloth on spine ends. Occasional spots of foxing to interior. Previous owner's penned inscriptions to front free endpapers dated 1858. Includes frontispiece of Fremont and three engraved illustrations. The preface states that there was a map “accompanying” this edition, which is not present. 456 pages. AMERHIST/062322. Very Good.
Harrisburg: The Stackpole Company and the Wildlife Management Institute, Washington, DC, 1959. Hardcover. This is the first work that attempted to cover the bird population of all of Alaska, following many detailed reports for specific sections of the state, which were drawn on in the preparation of this publication. Includes chapters on the history of Alaskan ornithology, migration, Alaskan ecological zones, and introduced game birds. Several color illustrations. Octavo. Brown cloth covers, with black title to front and spine. Pages are clean and bright. Foxing to fore-edge of text block. Wear and rubbing to hinges and edges of boards. 922 pages, including index. NAT/060822. Very Good.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Audubon Society, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. This book discusses the geographical and seasonal patterns of the distribution of over 500 species of birds. Includes material on habitats, population trends, seasonal movements, and migration. Includes numerous black and white illustrations. Octavo. White glossy paper cover with black title to front and spine. Brown illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Pages are clean and bright. Dust jacket has slight wear to top and bottom of panels, a slight scratch on front panel, and a small open tear to bottom edge of back panel. 408 pages, including index. NAT/061322. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Seeley & Co., 1889. Hardcover. "Fourth Thousand." A charming astronomy book written for children. Agnes Giberne (1845 -1939) was a prolific British novelist and scientific writer. Her fiction was typical of Victorian evangelical fiction with moral or religious themes for children. She also wrote books on science for young people, a handful of historical novels, and one well-regarded biography. Among the Stars, or wonderful things in the sky, intended for younger children, tells of a boy called Ikon who has the solar system and stars explained to him by a professor. St James's Gazette said that Giberne "tells about the wonderful things in the sky in clear pleasant language that every child can understand, and in a manner that is probably new to them. Some of the lessons are illustrated by little experiments which will be both amusing and instructive to repeat in the nursery; and there are visits the sun and moon that read like strange and beautiful fairy-tales. In every way this is a most excellent book for children [Wikipedia]. Bound in red leather with gilt titling to spine and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Leather is rubbed and bumped, with a few chips to spine. Slight cracking to front hinges but text block is tight. Illustrated plates throughout. Text pages clean and bright. Presentation inscription in pencil dated 1918 for French prize on ffep. Very good condition. Octavo. 310 pages. CHILD/040722. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Confederate Colonel Harry Gilmore recounts his years in the calvary during the Civil War from September 1861 through February 1865. He notes in the preface that he began this reminiscence when first imprisoned at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, continued it two years later when imprisoned at Fort Warren near Boston, and finished a few months after the end of the war and his release. His harrowing recountings of battles, death, and escapes are riveting and well-written. He describes several campaigns in Maryland including burning the Gunpowder River Bridge and trains in 1864. Bound in the original dark red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Tear and small loss to bookcloth near foot of spine. Wear and tears to cloth on corners, edges, and head of spine. Ink stain to rear board, soiling, and rubbing to both boards. Even toning to interior pages and occasional spots of soiling. Creasing to a few corners. One non-colored front free endpaper appears to have been removed from the front. Slight roll to spine. 291 pages. CIV/062022. Very Good.
Dorset, England: The Dovecote Press Ltd., 2015. Softcover. A fascinating recounting of the complicated lives and romantic relationship of artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Godwin while living at Kelmscott Manor, as told through their letters and journals, here selected and explained by their younger son, Joscelyn Godwin. This is the story of how they fell in love with each other, Kelmscott Manor, and William Morris, whose home it was from 1871 until his death in 1896. The Godwins were the first permanent residents after the Morris family. While living at Kelmscott Manor, Edward and Stephani created an aesthetic and produced a body of figuative painting unique for its time. Illustrations of their works are printed throughout the book, both in color and black and white. Softcover bound in dark blue with white spine titling and illustrations to front and back covers. In fine condition. Measures 7.25 x 10 inches. 194 pages including index. ART/012722. Fine.
Mexico: Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, 2020. Hardcover. Second edition. Number II of X artist copies. Limited to 25 copies of which 20 deluxe copies were issued in a special box with additional items. There are also 10 author / artist copies. In English, Spanish, and P'urhepecha. Includes 10 linocuts and 10 poems printed in three languages. Portrayals of the devil range from members of ICE to sex workers to millionaires. This book was created as part of a university collective project between young artists, poets, and craftspeople. "The characters from the book Chamuco, visually inspired by the polychromatic pottery of the artisans of the Ocumicho community in Michoacán, México, were engraved by 10 artists from the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo; these are accompanied in this book by the verses expressly written for this project by six poets from the same university" (page 3). The project was coordinated by Ioulia Akhmadeeva. Bound in black cloth covered boards with silkscreened illustration and paper title label to front cover. Letterpress printed with linocut illustrations on De Ponte Tamayo 300 gm paper. 24 pages. ARTB/043022. Fine.
London: Christopher Helm, 1996. Hardcover. This book includes all of the bird species that have been officially recognized as having been present in Hungary up to the beginning of 1995. This includes rare visitors and vagrants. Details are provided on status in Hungary and internationally, distribution, and range map. A black and white range map is provided for each species. This title is scarce in the United States. Octavo. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Green illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Pages are clean and bright. Dust jacket has minor wear to edges and rubbing to front and rear panels.192 pages, including index. NAT/061322. Fine / Very Good.
Paris: Garnier Freres, no date. Circa 1867. Hardcover. New edition. Nouvelle Edition. French artist J. J. Grandville (1803 - 1847) is best known for his anthropomorphic drawings featuring both plants and animals with human features. This set has 52 color plates (including 2 colored title pages) and 2 black and white plates. Both volumes are bound with dark blue leather spines over marbled paper covered boards and titled in gilt. The spines are decorated with four raised bands and gilt floral devices. Wear to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Rubbing to covers. Heavy browning to front free endpapers, which are a different paper stock than the rest of the book. Varying degrees of foxing throughout both volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. An attractive set despite the noted condition issues. 339 pages in Volume 1. 321 pages in Volume 2. This set may require an extra shipping fee. FRE/062922. Very Good.
Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994. Hardcover. This book covers 200 species which nest in the state of Michigan, with 115 full-color paintings by 5 well-known wildlife artists, including Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. Paintings cover entire page: 12"x9". A very attractive book. Large quarto. Rose/pink cloth boards, with gilt title in blue box on spine. In illustrated dust jacket with with blue spine panel titled in pink. Pages are bright and clean, with slight toning to margins. Dust jacket has minor wear to edges and minor rubbing to panels 358 pages, including index. NAT/052722. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Nürnberg: Schwabach, 1947. Paperback. Uncommon. Text in German. Contents include: Burial-Camp of Treblinka, the terrible steam-death, Traitors Died, Be Happy, Ghetto in Flame and Blood, Jewish Police, Jewish Resistants are Working, Prophet of the 20th Century, Treblinka: A Song, and more. Bound in tan paper wrappers with title in German and Russian to front cover and title with contents in English to rear cover. Chipping to wrappers with tear along spine panel. Paper is brittle and corners of first twenty pages including front cover are creased and torn. Previous owner signature in pen to rear cover. Browning to interior. Includes photographic illustrations. 48 pages. HOL/060722. Very Good.
New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1923. Hardcover. Griscom was Assistant Curator at the American Museum of Natural History. This work was prepared in cooperation with the Linnean Society of New York. The Linnean Society was the main center for the growth of ornithological interest in NYC during this period. Contains 6 color plates. Large fold-out map is present, but detached. Octavo. Brown cloth cover with dark brown title to front and spine. Pages are bright and clean. Cover has some discoloration to front and spine; minor smudge marks to front and back boards. Wear to hinges, edges of boards, and spine ends including chipping and tears to spine. Both hinges are cracked, but boards remain attached. 400 pages, including index. NAT/060622. Good +.