Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, 1928. Hardcover. Based mainly on field work of the Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture. A comprehensive volume on the numerous varieties of birds found in the state of New Mexico. The book is organized by bird orders, and then the species found in each. With beautiful color and b&w plates throughout as well as many text illustrations, maps, and diagrams. Bound in green buckram cloth with gilt title to cover and spine. Gilt to spine is mostly faded, corners lightly bumped. Tear along front hinge and tenderness not affecting text block, otherwise very good condition. Gift inscription on free front endpaper. Small quarto. 805 pages. NATURE/051021. Very Good.
Dublin: Geo. and Alex. Ewing, 1755. Hardcover. Part I: Being a true and ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature....written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State of Ireland; Part II: A Collection of such Papers as were communicated to the Royal Society, referring to some Curiosities in Ireland; Part III: A Discourse concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts, and Towers in Ireland never before published, by Thomas Molyneux, M.D. in England. Part II is dated 1726 and Part III is dated 1725. An interesting and detailed account of all aspects of Ireland's natural history is to be found in this scarce eighteenth century title. Gerard Boate (1604-1650) was a Dutch physician who settled in London. Boate had never visited Ireland, but materials for his natural history were furnished by his brother Arnold and by some of the English who had been ejected from Irish lands sometime occupied by them. Boate commenced the ‘Natural History’ early in 1645 and completed it within the year, but its publication was deferred. Boate attained a position as a physician in Ireland and arrived there at the latter end of 1649,but he survived only a short time. He died in January 1650. Boate's papers and his ‘Natural History’ left behind him in London came into the hands of Samuel Hartlib who published it in 1652. It bore the title: ‘Ireland's Naturall History. Being a true and ample description of its situation, greatness, shape, and nature; of its hills, woods, heaths, bogs; of its fruitfull parts and profitable grounds, with the severall ways of manuring and improving the same; with its heads or promontories, harbours, roades, and bayes; of its springs and fountaines, brookes, rivers, loghs; of its metalls, mineralls, freestone, marble, sea-coal, turf, and other things that are taken out of the ground. And lastly of the nature and temperature of its air and season, and what diseases it is free from or subject unto. Conducing to the advancement of navigation, husbandry, and other profitable arts and professions. Written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland, and now published by Samuel Hartlib, Esq., for the common good of Ireland, and more especially for the benefit of the Adventurers and Planters there.’ A quarto edition of the ‘Natural History’ by Boate was published at Dublin in 1726, and reissued there in 1755 [Dictionary of National Biography].Thomas Molyneux (1661-1733) was the first professor of physic in Ireland's new medical school. He was a Trinity graduate, having studied for his BA from 1676 to 1680. Medical studies followed between 1683 and 1687, when he spent time in England, Leiden and Paris. While he was at Leiden he compiled a catalogue of two collections for the Royal Society and contributed to their Philosophical Transactions. Molyneux was active in the Dublin Philosophical Society and his contributions to it included the first scientific studies of the Irish elk and the Giant’s Causeway [historyireland]. Bound in later three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. The top of the front cover is sunned, leather with minor scuffing. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. With several illustrations, many of them foldouts, in parts II and III. Ownership signature dated 1855 on title page. Very good condition. Octavo. 213 pages. IRE/071321. Very Good.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. This intricate work created by Béatrice Coron beautiful displays her skill and artistry in papercutting. A sea blue book case opens to reveal the mystery, diversity, and wonder of the Galapagos through Coron's hand cut creation, made from a single sheet of black Arches paper. The individual pages unfold to show a scene 44 inches long. The viewer sees silhouettes of water, land, birds, sea creatures, and more. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website] Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Size: 8 x 44 inches when unfolded. 5.5 x 8 inches when folded. In fine condition. ARTB/081921. Fine.
London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Hardcover. A detailed and comprehensive account by the author of his observations and findings while traveling in the Pacific Northwest. John Keast Lord (1818–1872) was an English veterinarian and traveller, known as a naturalist, journalist and author. When British Columbia was formed into a colony, after the gold discoveries on the Fraser River in western Canada in 1858, Lord was appointed naturalist to the commission which was sent out to run a boundary line along the 49th parallel north of latitude, separating the new colony from United States territory. He was for some time resident on Vancouver Island; the collection (mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and other) made by him went to the British Museum.His travels in northwest America and California were also reported in The naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, with interesting descriptions of animals and birds and a list of his zoological collections [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. The descriptions and narrative are interesting indeed. Lord writes of everything from skunks and their odor, the ogress legend, a horse fair, insect-catching birds, much about Indians, the octopus, taking a bath, the miners' ball, a tobacco substitute, and so much more. Lord had a colloquial and very readable style making this work still enjoyable today. In a once lovely full brown leather binding by Riviere and Son. Rubbed, scuffed, bumped, and worn, with spine of Volume I with a repaired tear and the front board of Volume II detached. Evidence of labels removed from front covers. Interior pages are brittle, and there are some tears and chipping, including to the title page of Volume II and its detached frontispiece. Frontis of Volume I is also detached and title page is missing. Despite this, the text is complete and quite legible. Date stamp "May 20 1909" on first page of each volume. Good minus condition. Octavos. Volume I: 358 pages; Volume II: 375 pages. TRAVEL/102121. Good.
Lyon: Chez Bruyset Ainé & C., 1796. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this exhaustive treatise on the botany of European plants and flowers. The title translates: "Elementary Demonstrations of Botany. Containing the general principles of this Science, the fundamentals of Methods, and the elements of plant physics. The description of the most common, the most curious, the most useful Plants, arranged according to the Method of Tournefort & that of Linnaeus. Their uses & their properties in the Arts, the rural economy, in Human & Veterinary Medicine; as well as an instruction on harvesting & desiccating plants." The title page notes that this fourth edition adds to the notices of the principal authors, adds descriptions of nearly twelve hundred species not included in the previous edition, and draws up to form a complete body of doctrine, embracing the history of almost all of Europe and of those which have been naturalized there by culture. We have added the figures of nearly 400 alpine, southern or northern plants drawn under the direction of Richier de Belleval and under that of Linnaeus, those of the most common grasses in Europe, mosses and the like, accompanied by a commentary and a critical discussion. The author Jean-Baptiste François Rozier (1734 -1793 ) was a French botanist and agronomist. With his friend Claret de la Tourrette, he wrote Démonstrations élémentaires de botanique, foregrounding the virtues of plants and combining the principles of Tournefort and Linné. In 1786 Rozier became director of Lyon's agriculture school. He assisted in the early stages of the French Revolution, asking the first two assemblies to create a national agriculture school. He became curé constitutionnel of Sainte-Polycarpe parish in Lyon during the Revolution and was killed in his bed by a bomb during the siege of Lyon [Wikipedia]. Bound in brown quarter leather with green marbled boards and gilt titling to spine. Bindings are scuffed, bumped and rubbed. the top of the spine of Volume 2 is torn and chipped. The free front endpapers of the first two volumes have the top half torn away. the free front endpapers to volumes 3 and 4 are missing. Stamps to title page of Stl Alphonsus Church, New Orleans. No other ex-library signs. Volume 1 has eight foldout plates and Volume 4 has two. Despite flaws still a good, sound set of this classic work. Small octavos. Volume 1 has 512 pages followed by pages 721-735. It is unclear whether a section was removed during binding. Volume 2: 752 pages; Volume 3: 776 pages; Volume 4: 735 pages. NATURE/072021. Very Good -.
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824-1828. Hardcover. First edition of this exhaustive account of the native plants of England. Founder of the Linnean Society, James Edward Smith (1759-1828) was one of the one of the most preeminent British botanists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Following the death of Carl Linnaeus the younger, Smith purchased the collections of Carl Linnaeus. In 1788, Smith founded the Linnean Society of London with Samuel Goodenough (1743–1827) and Thomas Marsham (1748–1819), and became its first President, a position he held for life. His library and botanical collections acquired European fame and were visited by numerous entomologists and botanists from the entire Continent. Smith spent the last thirty years of his life writing books and articles on botany. His books included Flora Britannica and The English Flora (4 volumes, 1824 – 1828). In this work, Smith augments each volume's descriptions and observations with bibliographies of the books quoted in that book and with detailed indexes of the orders and plant names. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with brown paper covered boards. Leather is stained, bumped and rubbed with wear to edges. Top of spine on Volume II is torn. Boards are generally good with some stains and abrasions. Some hinges tender. Pastedowns and free endpapers with some spotting. Text pages are clean and bright with occasional scattered spots. Very good condition. Small octavos. Volume I: xlv, 371 pages; Volume II: iii, 470 pages; Volume III: vi, 512 pages; Volume IV: vi, 373 pages. NATURE/082421. Very Good.
San Francisco: Terry Turrentine, 2020. One of ten copies, signed by the photographer and book artist Terry Turrentine Two copies are artist's proofs and one is a handling copy. Although she grew up in a family whose traditions included guns and hunting, as an adult Terry became an esteemed artist and wildlife photographer, specializing in capturing spectacular photographic images of birds. Her previous artist's books were of snowy owls, egrets, and gannets. This latest work offers magnificent images of falcons and a message of hope at this challenging time in our history. She writes in her colophon: " Widening Circles celebrates the ferocious beauty of the falcon, and the interdependent relationship of all beings to each other. Some may see the portraits of falcons in their protective hoods as disturbing. But those familiar with the ancient art of falconry know the hoods are a means to protect the bird from the assault of outside stimuli, as they are extremely sensitive to light, sounds, color, and motion. This is why falcons are such fearsome predators. All predators and their prey maintain the balance of nature and are essential for the world as we know it to exist. It is the natural order of things that there is destruction and rebirth in every second of every day. The ultimate predator, mankind, however, often abuses the privilege of living off the resources of this planet, and upsets the natural balance, causing extreme destruction. As a result, we are witnessing a death spiral of the climate, of the social order, and of the basic balance we need to survive as a species." Terry says of the Rilke poem, "Widening Circles," printed in the book in both English and German: "Over 100 years ago, this was also the observation of Rilke, as he saw the degradation of some of the cities he visited. He could only find solace in God and the wonder of nature - and he dedicated his timeless love poems to both." She concludes: "Life, death, and renewal - each stage is fluid. I believe the sublime gift of living is its constant change, its eternal cycles, and our capacity for transcending destruction through creativity." The credits for this beautiful production: Photographs and creative direction by Terry Turrentine; Book and text design by Dana F. Smith; Editorial consulting by Susan Gangel; Typography and letterpress printing by Dina Pollack; Bound by John DeMerritt Bookbinding; Images printed at Electric Works by Noah and Kris Lang. The stunning images are printed in brilliant colors against a black background, with a line from the poem appearing on each page out of the dark background. The work is housed in a custom black cloth box with a red leather cover. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/052621.
Washington DC: USDA Agriculture Marketing Service Tobacco Division, 1961. Paperback. This pamphlet is an interesting piece of Americana from the period when the USDA promoted the growing and sale of tobacco products. Includes maps of tobacco auction markets and producing areas and cigar-leaf growing districts, illustration of the Maryland broadleaf tobacco plant, and tables of Type 32 tobacco classification and prices. Size: small quarto. Illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper. Small water spot on front wrapper and light wear. Interior pages are bright and clean. 18 pages. MD/042821. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1851. Hardcover. First edition of this comprehensive view of the landscape and fauna of the Selborne region, written as a series of letters. With forty black and white plates illustrating the diversity of mammals and other wild life. Bound in modern green cloth with gilt titling to spine. New endpapers and missing the called for frontispiece. Generally clean with scattered spots to some text pages and plates. A nice copy of this work that was later reprinted several times. Measures 4.5 x 7.5 inches. 416 pages. NATURE/072821. Very Good.