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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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.
Fallton, Nevada: Fairview West Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Alcorn spent nearly 60 years gathering information for this book. The contents cover 465 species of birds in Nevada. Octavo.Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Grey/blue dust jacket with blue title to front panel and white cover to spine panel. Pages are clean and bright. Jacket is slightly rubbed and worn along top edge of spine panel.418 pages, including index. NAT/052622. Fine / Near Fine.
Mumbai: Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. This is the Twelfth Revised and Enlarged Centenary Edition, celebrating the centenary of Dr. Ali's birth. The previous edition was published in 1979, with reissues up to 1992. This edition was expanded to cover 538 species, compared to the 296 covered in the Eleventh Edition. Contains 64 plates. This edition is scarce in the United States. Octavo. Dark gray cloth cover with gilt title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket in light blue with black title to spine panel. Pages are bright and clean. Dust jacket shows some wear to top and bottom edges, with an Indian price tag on back panel. 354 pages, including index. NAT/061322. Near Fine / 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.
New York: New York Times Book Co., 1979. Hardcover. John James Audubon is considered one of the finest painters of American wildlife. This publication was the first to bring together his 655 octavo-sized Birds and Quadrupeds in full size and full color. Quarto. Red paper-covered boards with tan cloth spine. White dust jacket with illustrations to front and back; black title to front and spine. Pages are fine and bright. Cover is fine. Minor wear to edges of dust jacket, including a few short closed tears and minor browning. 674 pages. NAT/052622. Fine / Very Good.
Richmond, VA: Monalisa Bagby, 2019. Hardcover. Number 1 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/072120. Fine.
United States: Denver Museum of Natural History, 1965. Hardcover. This is a large, 2-volume set containing 124 lovely full-color illustrations and over 400 black and white photographs. Four hundred thirty-nine species and 67 subspecies are described, with information about their recognition, range, and status in Colorado and neighboring states. Alfred Bailey was Director of the Denver Museum of Natural History and Robert Niedrach was Curator of Birds. The publication is dedicated to the memory of Persifor M. Cooke, a museum benefactor and trustee. Large quarto. Red cloth covers. Gilt title to cover and spine of each volume; gilt is darkened and slightly discolored. Pages are bright and clear. Covers have minor wear to edges. Rubbing to panels of jackets. Each dust jacket has an open tear to front or back, with several closed tears. 1175 pages in 2 volumes combined. NAT/053122. Very Good / Good.
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.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. Hardcover. One hundred forty-five warbler species (and all their races) in these regions are identified and exhaustively described. 144 species are depicted in 48 color plates, and their is a color map for each species. Warblers from these regions are considered Old World Warblers and are distinct from American, or New World, Warblers. Octavo. Dark green cloth cover with gilt title to spine. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean. Light foxing to top of page block. Spine is slightly cocked. 400 pages, including index. NAT/061522. Very Good / Very Good.
Cambridge: Nuttall Ornithological Club, 1943. Hardcover. This is No. IX in the Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, which was founded in 1873 and is the oldest ornithological organization in North America. The memoirs series was begun in 1886 and includes 25 volumes through 2020. This volume is a new version of Barbour's previously published Birds of Cuba (1923). Barbour was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard and Director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Quarto. Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pages are clean, with minor foxing to many, including inside covers. Cover shows signs of handling, with bumping at the corners. Slight sunning to spine and edge of front board. Previous owner's book plate on front inside cover. 144 pages, including index. NAT/061522. Very Good.
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994. Hardcover. This atlas resulted from a special project of the Brooks Bird Club in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The atlas inventories and plots the distribution of breeding bird species in West Virginia from 1984-1989. Seven transparency maps that can be overlaid are contained in a pocket inside the back cover. Numerous black and white bird illustrations and maps are included throughout the book. Octavo. Glossy paper-covered boards in white and green with bird illustration to front. Green and orange title to front; orange and black title to green spine. Pages are clean and bright, Cover has slight color wear. 215 pages, including index. NAT/060622. Near Fine.
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.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. This sizable book includes a brief "History of Ornithology in Georgia" by William W. Griffin and a discussion of the "Physiographic and Biogeographic Regions of Georgia". Burleigh was a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Miksch was professor of zoology at the University of Oklahoma and curator of birds in the University Museum. 35 full-page color plates. Small quarto. Light blue cloth cover with dark blue title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket with blue spine panel, blue title to front panel and white title to spine panel. Pages are clean and bright; small smudge to bottom of textblock. Cover has minor fading of color in spots on spine. Dust jacket has multiple closed tears, especially to top and bottom of front panel, and is price-clipped. 746 pages, including index. NAT/061622. Very Good / Very Good.
Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, 1870 - 1880. Chromolithograph print of 4 pigeons. Browning to margins, else clean and bright. Foxing to margins. Large chipping / open tear to right margin of print; illustration not affected. Inch long closed tear to margin that extends to bottom corner of image. Size of print: about 8.25 x 10.75 inches. Fine.