Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1857. Hardcover. Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was one of the most important scientists of his time. Swiss-born, he became one of the founders of the American scientific tradition. In these five volumes he presents his research on turtles and on acalephs - jellyfish, nettles etc. The first two volumes comprise his monographs but the other twoinclude many detailed and exquisite plates of his subjects. This is an ex-library set from the Williston Seminary, and someone at this institution was apparently enamoured of the library's ownership stamp. There are intermittent stamps in the text, a stamp in the margin of each plate in volume II, on some of the plates in volume III, and none to the plates in volume IV. In the original brown cloth binding, but volume III has been rebacked. The foot of spine of volume I has one inch chip; all volumes have wear at ends of spine and around edges, with some repairs to worn areas. Library ownership label on front pastedowns. Still a decent copy of this important scientific work. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NAT/5093. 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.
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.
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.
Hartford: State Geological and Natural History Survey, 1908. Paperback. 8vo. Very good in grey paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and hand written title to spine. Minor wear to exterior. Previous owner's writing to first page. Else is clean and bright and filled with wonderful illustrations. Nature. NAT109261. Very Good.