Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1927. Hardcover. A portfolio of photogravures documenting the work of taxidermist and sculptor, Carl E. Akeley. Includes 48 plates of Akeley, his taxidermied animals, and bronze animal sculptures. Also with a one page essay about Akeley by Wilfred H. Osgood, curator of Zoology. All plates are present. Housed in a grey paper folder, inserted into a grey paper covered slipcase titled in black on the spine and front panels. Wear to the case including chipping to the edges and corners. Browning to the edges of the case. Slight browning to margins of plates, else in fine condition. Includes contents page. Plates are about 9 x 12 inches. NAT/011320. Very Good.
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Ellicott City, MD: Thomas J. Albert Jr., 2014. Softcover. A delightful memoir by Eagle Scout Tom Albert about his experiences as a camp counselor for thirteen summers at the Goshen Scout Reservation, one of the largest Boy Scout reservations in the country. There are entertaining, humorous, and sometimes poignant stories throughout as Tom and the other counselors mentor, instruct, and protect the hundreds of young scouts who come each week over the summers. Trade paperback bound in glossy paper covers with title on spine and front cover and illustration on front. In fine condition. 229 pages. Fine.
Washington DC: National Geographic Society, (1974). Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth boards with silver title to spine and embossed illustration of animals to front board. Interior is very clean with many color illustrations. Tight binding. Red dust jacket with white spine panel and black title to spine. 207 pages. NAT/012105. Near Fine / Very Good.
Milano: Fabbri, 1968. Paperback. Three seperate side stapled sections, each with a full color cover depicting photographic images of animals including pages 521 - 580. Text in Italian. Each section includes full color photographs and black and white line drawings. They cover marsupials, monotremes, and birds. Occasional pen annotations and minor dampstaining to bottom edge of one issue. Clean overall. An amusing periodical just for the illustrations (even if you don't read Italian). NAT/082517. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. SIGNED BUT THE EDITOR. 4to. 1 of 3025 copies. Beige cloth boards with black and gilt title to spine and front board. Browing to top portion of front board. Pristine interior with tight binding. Includes several illustrations. Glassine dust jacket with several large open tears and wear to edges. Housed in a good black paper slipcase with minor wear. 327 pages. NAT/070305. Very Good in Good dj.
Richmond, VA: Mona Lisa Bagby, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 10 copies. In this inventive and interesting work, book artist Lisa Bagby describes the importance of the color red in nature for animal, insect, and plant species. She writes that living creatures rely on color for protection, concealment, and sexual selection. The color red is one of the most distinctive. She offers many examples, from tree frogs to cardinals to red faced monkeys to various plants and fungi. She provides information on such phenomena as aposematism - the use of color by reptiles, amphibians, and fish to warn predators that they are toxic, dangerous, painful to attack, and difficult to eat. Red is not the only color used to display toxicity, but it is one of the more effective ones. The artist states: "The natural world as a companion marks my earliest memories and that status has never wavered. With maturity I came to appreciate the physical, psychological and emotional dynamics of the natural world. As a creative person, I can’t help but notice details of texture, scale and, of course, color in the environment. Color is a significant part of the equation that brings the natural world into our focus and may even persuade us to care. Color sharpens our senses and enjoyment of the environment, whether it is a spectacular sunset or the sight of a cherry tree laden with its fruit. It is part of Nature’s strategy for engaging us. My interest in eco-systems lead me to wanting to better understand how color is used in Nature so I began researching the purpose of red in the environment. The result is my handmade book, The Art of Red in Nature. I learned that Red was not dumped from a paint can over the globe and spread indiscriminately. It has been judiciously allocated across nature and each assignment is useful, if not essential, in the Plant and Animal worlds. Everything in nature, including color, is purposeful and this book explores the story of red in Nature. Not only is color, such as red, designed to support life in eco-systems, but red is also available for human beings to discover, in insects or in minerals, to advance our own creative efforts. The art of red in nature is a wonder indeed." Bagby has creatively illustrated her concertina book with cancelled postage stamps of different species, pen and ink drawings with watercolor applied, linoleum block prints, and cartoons. Additional stamps and descriptions are on the reverse pages. Bound in grey cloth with title label affixed to the front cover. With decorated endpapers and a red and white string closure. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. ARTISTSB/121219. Fine.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990. Hardcover. 4to. Fine in black cloth covered boards with bright gilt silhouette of tiger to front board and gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with full color photographic illustrations of endangered animals. In near fine illustrated white dust jacket with gilt title to front and spine panels. 144 pages. Nature. NAT/5093. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
New York: Outdoor Life Books, 1985. Linen Backed Paper Covered. 8vo. In green linen backed white paper covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. In white and green illustrated slightly edgeworn DJ with brown title print to spine panel. Interior is clean and bright with many color illustrations. Index. 254pp. NAT/020305. Very Good in Very Good dj.
London: Thornton Butterworth, (1921). Hardcover. Very good in orange cloth covered boards with black tilte to spine. Minor soiling to exterior as well as minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Owner stamp on front flyleaf. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 253 pages. Nature. NAT3/01301. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition, signed by the book artist. According to Pat Sweet: "Illustrations of humans wearing the skulls of extinct animals as masks, dinosaurs mostly, but later animals and hominids, as well. Costumes for a cross-species Dance of Death that extends backwards through time. As we are now, so once were they; as they are now, we soon will be. (The concept for this one is a little difficult to explain. The images certainly looks deeply meaningful, but mostly I just wanted to put big dinosaur skulls on people's heads. Who doesn't?)." Bound in black Japanese paper printed with red dragonflies, with paper title labels pasted on the front and spine. Decorative endpapers. Includes 24 illustrations. Size: 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches. 74 pages. ARTB/012418.
Riverdale, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. One of only two copies. A beautiful production from award winning miniature book artist Pat Sweet. She writes: "Around 1870, two large boxes, containing 450 watercolor drawings of fish native to East Asia, were given to the Universality of Groninggen by Senn van Basel, the former Dutch consul in Canton. The drawings were mostly accurate, but some were charmingly stylized and near anthropomorphic. I've taken a choice selection of these mysterious creatures and put them in two sides of a little clamshell box, interleaved with Japanese tissue, which in turn slides into a slip box. Both boxes are bound in an ocean-like hand-marbled paper by Jemma Lewis. The slip-box has a oak-framed illustration seen behind vellum." In fine condition. The clamshell box is 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 inch, and the slip-box is 2 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches. The prints are 2 1/2 x 1 1/2. Fine.
Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven Press, 1968. Number 381 of 500 copies. This lovely miniature book was the second book to be printed at Pall Bohne's Bookhaven Press. As he states in the colophon, Bohne was the author as well as the illustrator, typographer, printer, and binder. "Pall W. Bohne (1935-2017) was an eminent member of the Southern California fine press and book arts scene who was known particularly for his expertise in letter press printing. As the operator of Bookhaven Press in Rosemead, California from 1967-1992, Bohne produced numerous works of ephemera and printed pamphlets, including a few miniature books, including Highlights in the History of American Whaling and Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic. Bohne demonstrated his skills as an artisan through wood-engraving and bookplate production, and purportedly held a wide range interests in other fields such as beekeeping and blacksmithing" (from UCLA library finding aid for their Bohne collection). Bound in grey paper covers with black glossy paper spine with title in gilt. Small nick and repair to top of spine. otherwise very good. Interior pages near fine with many illustrations by Bohne of whale species, whaling tools, and products made from whales such as scrimshaw and corsets. 45 pages including bibliography. Measures 1 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. MINIATURE/111418.
New York: Playboy Press, 1974. Hardcover. 4to. Near fine in very good blue illustrated, price clipped dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Fading to spine panel and wear to edges of dust jacket. Interior is in lovely condition, clean and bright with no yellowing. Many full-color photographic illustrations. Ink inscription to previous owner opposite title page. Index, 214 pages. Nature. NAT/5093. Near Fine / Very Good.
London: George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1877. SCARCE. Hardcover. Tall 8vo. Bound in navy cloth covered boards with original blue paper wrappers bound in as second endpaper. Interior very clean and bright. Volume complete with three appendices, a frontispiece foldout map, and 8 folding illustrations to the rear. Period bookplate to front pastedown. A scarce item in beautiful condition. NAT/070106. Very Good.
New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1959. Hardcover. Very good in a very good black and yellow illustrated dust jacket with some small chipping and creasing to edges. White title to front and spine panels. Illustrated throughout with photographic illustrations and drawings by Maurice Wilson. Index, 272 pages. Nature. NAT/7222. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Easthampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 15 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist Alan James Robinson. This wildflower alphabet book is the first book issued by Alan’s highly regarded Cheloniidae Press in several years, and the first produced using the Giclee printing process, which he calls a “new direction” in our ever changing world. It is intended to be the first in a series of Natural History Abecedary Editions. There is also a Fine Art edition of Wildflowers with twenty-eight original watercolors. The illustrations for this Giclee edition are printed from the artwork created for the Fine Art watercolor edition. The illustrations in this edition show the lovely renditions of a flower, often accompanied by a butterfly or other insect, for each letter of the alphabet. Each page is headed by a calligraphic letter in red, designed originally by Master Calligrapher Suzanne Moore for the press’s A Fowl Alphabet in 1986. This accordion style book is bound in pale yellow cloth with the title in gilt to the front cover. It is housed in a green cloth slipcase with the title in gilt to the spine. In fine condition. 8.5 x 5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/071817. Fine.
n.p. Cheloniidae Press, 1979. A stunning black and white print of a majestic bald eagle in flight. This is the last available print of a sold out edition of 50. Signed and dated by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The eagle is shown from the side with his head extended and wings held wide. In fine condition. Image is 17.5 x 23.5 inches; in mat it is 21.5 x 25 inches. ORIGART/072517. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, . Artist's Proof IV. Signed, titled, and numbered by Robinson. According to the artist this was an unpublished print with only two ever printed. It was created by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. This striking black and white print depicts a loggerhead turtle looking down from over it as it transitions from water to sand. It appears to be emerging from the dark, moving toward light. Printed on a sheet of fine heavy paper measuring 21 x 28 inches. The image is 17.5 x 23.25 inches. In fine condition. PRINTS/080817. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, n.d. State Proof signed by the artist. A stunning original print, never published and the only copy ever printed, created by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The image depicts an owl flying in the dark of night. Most of the surface is a profound black, with the hunting owl visible by moonlight. The print is 17.5 x 23 inches and measures 22 x 27 inches with the mat. In fine condition.ORIGART/072017.
n.p. Cheloniidae, n.d. State Proof. This marvelous black and white etching of a walking hippopotamus is a one of a kind print signed by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson, particularly well known for his depiction of animals, birds, and nature. He founded the Cheloniidae Press in 1979, and his work can be found in many public and private collections around the country. The hippo appears to be walking toward the viewer with his head done in particular detail. In fine condition. 22 x 28.5 inches. PRINTS/072517. Fine.
Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2019. A unique embroidered artists’ book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. This beautiful work evokes the feel and mood of its inspiration - the windy day on a quiet island. The embroidery is stitched in blue, green, brown, and yellow threads on white linen cloth. The borders are stitched with intricate white designs. There are two covers. The inner cover is tan linen with a small cross on each side. The outer cover is blue felt with the title and border stitching in yellow thread. The folded book measures 6 x 11 inches. Unfolded the book is 22 inches. In fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1961. Hardcover. Very good in very good brown, yellow and white illustrated and price clipped dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Light edgewear and to edges and minor fading to spine panel of dust jacket. Very bright and clean text with illustrations throughout; 16 photo plates. Index, 162 pages. Natural History/Animals. NATHIS/12092. Very Good + / Very Good.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1994). First Edition. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in glossy illustrated paper covered boards with white and blue title to front board and yellow title to spine. Pristine interior filled with beautiful photographic illustrations throughout. In near fine grey and blue illustrated dust jacket with white and blue title to front panel and yellow title to spine panel. 41 pages. PHOTO/072417. Fine / Near Fine.