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Fifty Common Birds Of Oklahoma And The Southern Great Plains
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Fifty Common Birds Of Oklahoma And The Southern Great Plains

By Sutton, George Miksch

University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1987; Fifth Printing; small 8vo, 113 pages; illustrated. Color illustrations and substantive descriptive text for fifty of Oklahoma’s most prevalent bird species, by George Miksch Sutton, Curator of Birds at University of Oklahoma’s Stovall Museum from 1952 to 1982 and author/ illustrator of over fifteen bird books. Complete list of over 400 Oklahoma birds at the back, with both common and scientific names. Beautifully illustrated in color by the author. Very Good Plus, in color illustrated wraps.

$25.00

Whales, A Celebration
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Whales, A Celebration

By Gatenby, Greg (Editor)

Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1983; First Edition; oblong 4to, 233 pages; illustrated. A tribute to the awe inspiring beauty and intelligence of whales and dolphins, combining natural and human history. Contributions by many of the world’s leading contemporary painters, novelists, poets, sculptors and composers, including John Fowles, Margaret Atwood, William Golding, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sagan, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, and Leonard Bernstein. Over 200 stories, essays, poems, and 11 musical scores, with 150 b&w illustrations and 75 full-color paintings. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. A sumptuous book.

$55.00

The Forest Preserves of Cook County
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The Forest Preserves of Cook County

By The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois

Forest Preserve District of Cook County, IL, Chicago, 1921; First Edition; 8vo, 223 pages; photo illustrated. Very Good Plus, olive cloth, black titles, profusely illustrated with photographs of scenes from the forest preserves of Cook County. "Compliments of Robert W. McKinlay" stamped on f.f.e.p. McKinlay was a commissioner on the Forest Preserve Board in 1921, at time of publication. A bright, fresh, and attractive copy.

$90.00

An English 13th Century Bestiary, A New Discovery In The Technique Of Medieval Illumination
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An English 13th Century Bestiary, A New Discovery In The Technique Of Medieval Illumination

By Ives, Samuel A. and Haupt, Hellmut Lehmann

H.P. Kraus, New York, 1942; First Edition, limited; large 8vo (7 1/2" x 10 1/2"); 45 pages of text plus 8 pages of illustrations; publisher’s advertisement at the rear. A scholarly examination of the Kraus 13th century illuminated English "Bestiary" or "Animal Book," used in the middle ages as a means of educating laymen in the science of natural history and as a method for instilling Christian morals and doctrine. The bestiaries were notable for including not only natural subjects such as birds, mammals, and stones, but entirely fabulous ones, such as the dragon and phoenix bird. The authors divide their analysis into two parts. The first, a detailed study of the descension of the Kraus manuscript from the seminal second century Greek "Bestiarium" of Physiologus, includes a complete concordance to known early Latin versions, including those of Chrysostom, Hugo, et. al. The second section is devoted to an analysis of the illustrations, some realistic, and others fabulous, but all indicative of the world view of medieval science. The discovery of pinpricks, of the type used in the making of pouncing stencils, led to the conclusion that the Kraus manuscript was in fact a "model book," or "original," used by artists to copy from when creating other manuscripts. Illustrated with eight pages of b&w photographs, containing nearly forty Illuminated miniatures from the manuscript. Authored by Samuel A. Ives of the Plimpton Library, Columbia University, and Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, assistant professor of book arts, Columbia University. Published by notable rare books dealer H.P. Kraus in a limited edition of 300 copies. Very Good, in light green paper-covered boards with dark green titles and front board illustration, crisp, bright, and sharp. There is a small stain encompassing the lower right corner of the exterior surface of the rear boar. A scarce book.

$75.00

Trees You Want To Know
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Trees You Want To Know

By Peattie, Donald Culross

Whitman Publishing Company, Racine,WI, 1934; no statement of edition; 14mo, 95 pages; color illustrated. Charming early pocket field guide to 170 North American trees, by famed naturalist Donald Culross Peattie, with 70 beautiful full-color illustrations. Very Good Plus, in color illustrated wraps. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$20.00