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Natural History (Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Environment) From Book Junkies


A Spider Might.
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A Spider Might.

By Walther, Tom.

San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1978. First Edition, First Printing Glossy Pictorial Wraps AS NEW in WRAPS 16mo (6-1/2 x 6-1/2), 144 pp including index and bibliography. Paperbound book is FINE -- Unread and Unmarked -- AS NEW in NEAR FINE glossy pictorial wraps (corner bumps ). (h) Charming and informative book for children describing the bizarre and exceptional physical abilities of various spiders and making them understandable by having a child imagine having the same abilities. A great tool for moving a child's reaction to spiders from fear to fascination.


Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians.

By Breen, J. F.

Neptune City, NJ: TFH Publications, 1994. Glossy Pictorial Cover AS NEW 8vo (5-1/3 x 8-1/4), 576 pp with Index and Selected Bibliography. Book is FINE -- Unmarked, Unread, and AS NEW in glossy pictorial covers. (h) More than 260 color photographs and many in black and white. A comprehensive informative work that is a standard. Book is quite heavy for its size, may require additional postage is sent other than Media Mail.


The Lives of Bats.

By Yalden, Derek William; Morris, P.A.

New York: Demeter Press/ Quadrangle/ New York Times Books, 1975. First Edition Cloth Fine in Near Fine DJ 8vo (6 x 8-1/2), 247pp including Index, Bibliography, list of Bat Genera and Families. Hardbound book is FINE -- Unmarked, all pages clean and tight (although the book falls open at bound signature breaks) in NEAR FINE glossy pictorial DJ that is price-clipped but otherwise clean with a few small bumps and tears at top that have been archivally taped and is now protected under Bro-Dart cover. (h) This is the most comprehensive and academically valid book on bats I have found, covering structure and origin of bats (spoiler -- they're not sure what bats evolved from, poor fossil record), flight and flight anatomay, food and feeding, hibernation, reproduction, Group Behaviour, Sonar guidance, and much more. The authors are professor who teach at Manchester and London Univeristies in England.


The World of Bats: The Flying Goblins of the Night.

By Richarz, Klaus; Limbrunner, Alfred; Translation fromthe German by William Charlton .

Neptune City, NJ: TFH Publications, 1993. First English Language Edition Hardcover AS NEW 4to (8 x 11), 192 pp including Index, Bibliography, Addresses of Organizations. Hardbound in laminated boards, glossy photographic cover. Book is FINE -- AS NEW and UNREAD with small stamped star (remainder mark) on top or bottom page block. Profusely illustrated with color photographs, drawings, maps of distribution of specific species being discussed, and graphs. B8 Despite the popularized subtitle ("Flying Goblins") this is a serious study presented in straightforward terms accessible to both laypersons and professionals alike.


The Tapir's Morning Bath:
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The Tapir's Morning Bath:

By Royte, Elizabeth.

New York: Houghton Mifflin , 2001. First Edition, First Printing 1/4 cloth AS NEW in AS NEW DJ 8vo (5-1/2 x 8-1/2), 328 pp including Bibliography. BOOK is NEW -- Book and DJ: AS NEW / AS NEW. An extraodinary story of the 80+ years of research in the Barro Colorado in Panama - -the most-studied rain forest in the world where scientists have been trying to understand Darwin's question: "What explains the riot (of diversity)?" Ms Royte asks another question as she counts seedilings, raido-tracks fruit bats, sorts insects and collects monkey feces: "What is the point of the studies?" The book has a wider focus than others, and the added understanding of context makes it quite important -- that being the fact that she also includes the doubts and concerns disturbing the scientists that come from seeing the continuing loss of such environments in the world. An exceptional book, beautfiully written and destined to continue to be an important work.


The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the American Southwest.

By Bass, Rick.

New York: Lyons Press, 1998. First Edition, First Printing 1/4 cloth AS NEW in AS NEW DJ 8vo (5-3/4 x 8-1/2), 165pp. A handsomely made hardbound book in brown boards with black cloth spine, title and author in white on spine, AS NEW in AS NEW pictorial oatmeal-colored DJ, oatmeal-color endpapers An inspiring story by the author of "The Ninemile Wolves," another tale of wolves' reintroduction and re-establishment of their packs.


Sustainable Global Communities in the Information Age: Visions from Futures Studies.
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Sustainable Global Communities in the Information Age: Visions from Futures Studies.

By Yamaguchi, Kaoru - Editor.

Westport, CT: Praeger , 1997. First Edition Cloth As New 8vo (6 x 9), 218 pp including Index. Hardbound, Navy Blue Cloth with white type, no DJ, as issued, AS NEW One of the excellent books in the "Praeger Studies on the 21st Century" series. The premise is based on the differences between the industrial age and the information age, what is possible, what may be no longer possible. Includes essays by a world-wide pantheon of such thinkers as Jerome Karle, Roger W. Sperry, Jim Dator, Albert Sasson, Kaoru Yamaguchi, Chuck Matthei, Michael LaFontaine, Kazuo Mizuta, BrianTokar, Belden Paulson, Hiroyuki Niwa, Yoon-Jae Ching, Qin Linzheng, Zhang Zerong, Nandini Joshi, Cesar Villanueva, Dirk A. Ballendorf, Tony Stevenson, Ingrid Burkett, San San Myint, Mitsugo Saito, and Takamaru Matsuura. One can only hope every leader in the world has someone on his or her staff -- someone with influence -- who reads this book.