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Album for the Collection of the Birds of Birdville: A Pictorial Review of Native and Foreign Birds
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Album for the Collection of the Birds of Birdville: A Pictorial Review of Native and Foreign Birds

By GILBERT, L.N.

N.p.: N.p., 1923. Paperback. Wide small 4to. Stiff pictorial wrappers. (11pp). Numerous color illustration. Near fine. Bit of age toning to outer wrapper only -- tight and internally fine. A lovely first edition of this rather cryptic crash course, color images of 48 numbered major bird species with brief text at close elaborating on each. Gilbert did a similar "Wild Flowers and State Flowers of North America" booklet that accompanied a hardbound book of the same title in 1930, but we find no equivalent book version of this bird study, which was apparently never published.

$50.00

Wild Flowers and State Flowers of North America
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Wild Flowers and State Flowers of North America

By GILBERT, Lydia Northrop

N.p.: N.p., 1930. Paperback. Wide small 4to. Stiff pictorial wrappers. (11pp). Numerous color illustration. Near fine. Bit of age toning to outer wrapper only -- tight and internally fine. A lovely first edition of this curious piece, color images of 48 major flower varieties with brief text at close elaborating on each. Apparently an accompaniment to a 120-page hardbound version published by George Sully & Company, Inc. of New York in 1930.

$50.00

America Illustrated
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America Illustrated

By WILLIAMS, J. David (editor)

Boston: DeWolfe, Fiske & Company, 1883. Hardcover. 4to. Brown cloth over bevelled boards with gilt and black lettering and pictorial stamping. 121pp. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, numerous small and full-page steel engravings. Very good. Mild edgewear, with endpapers a tad age toned. A tight and attractive second printing of this 1877 words and images celebration of America's natural wonders -- much attention to Yellowstone -- that capitalized on the popularity of William Cullen Bryant's extraordinarily popular 1872 two-volume "Picturesque America." While many copies are worn and weak-hinged, this nice example is tight and fairly nice.

$55.00

A Sand County Almanac Illustrated
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A Sand County Almanac Illustrated

By LEOPOLD, Aldo

Madison: Tamarack Press, 1977. Hardcover. Photographs by Tom Algire. Introduction by Hal Borland. 4to. Tan cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. ix, 152pp. Color frontispiece, numerous color illustrations. Very good/very good. Touch of foxing to preliminary leaves; mild jacket edgwear, with spine lightly sunned. Tight and nice first thus of this superbly-illustrated edition of the 1949 classic. Front flyleaf bears large nonauthorial gift inscription (signer unknown) to noted nature conservationists: "Love to / The Stevensons. / This is our part / of the country written / by a very special man / who was a real part / of this particular part / of the county. / Merry Christmas / Robin and John." Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930) served as Illinois senator (1970-81) and with wife Nancy is a long-time conservation advocate.

$75.00

The Yosemite
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The Yosemite

By MUIR, John

New York: The Century Co, 1914. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt, white and blue pictorial stamping. x, 284pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Quite faint edgewear, else internally tight and fine. A handsome and tight second printing of this classic, one of Muir's greatest and most influential titles. Sharp, bright copy with minimal edgewear.

$250.00

The Winter Beach
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The Winter Beach

By OGBURN, Charlton, Jr.

New York: William Morrow & Company, 1966. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth spine with ivory lettering and brown paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 321pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers. Very good/very good. Faint foxing to page edges and occasional text pages, else near fine; jacket mildly age toned and lightly edgeworn. A tight and attractive first edition of this John Burroughs Medal-winning nature classic about trekking beaches from Maine to Long Island. Interestingly, famed Louisville newspaper magnate Barry Bingham Sr. (1906-88) boldly inscribes the front flyleaf in black ink to "Mary and Warwick Anderson / from Mary & Barry Bingham / February, 1968." The daughter of the Binghams' close Kentucky friends wed Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III.

$55.00

Wild America: The record of a 30,000-mile journey around the continent by a distinguished naturalist and his British colleague
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Wild America: The record of a 30,000-mile journey around the continent by a distinguished naturalist and his British colleague

By PETERSON, Roger Tory, and FISHER, James

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1956. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth with brown lettering and green decorations, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 434pp. Numerous small illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn, with spine slightly sunned, a few small edge chips and expert archival mends on verso. A tight, handsome fourth printing of this natural history travelogue throughout North America, described thusly on front jacket panel: "A distinguished naturalist takes his British colleague on a 30,000 mile tour of the continent. On the title page, the renowned artist and ornithologist known as "the inventor of the modern field guide" (1908-96) boldly inscribes and signs in blue ballpoint: "With best regards / Roger Tory Peterson." Quite uncommon in nicely signed copies. Nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf to Robert Parker Coffin (1917-2019), noted Chicago architect and engineer, from his mother.

$95.00

Hill-Top Tales
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Hill-Top Tales

By McCOWAN, Dan

Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada, 1948. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 266pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. Handsome and tight first edition of these fiction-llike tales of the Canadian Rockies, accompanied by photographs largely take by McCowan (1882-1956), a Scottish-born Canadian writer and naturalist. On the front flyleaf, he signs boldly in black ink, adding "Yours sincerely."

$50.00

The New Noah
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The New Noah

By DURRELL, Gerald

New York: The Viking Press, 1964. Hardcover. Illustrations by Ralph Thompson. 8vo. Green cloth with blue lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 223pp. Line drawings, map. Very good/very good. Spine quite mildly sunned; jacket faintly edgeworn, with spine lightly sunned. Handsome, tight first edition of "some of [Durrell's] more colorful animal stories that have delighted adults... in this book especially (but not exclusively) for young people... about three animal-collecting trips -- to the Cameroons, Guiana, and Paraguay."

$50.00

Introductory Chapter and Abbreviated Species Accounts from Rails of the World: A Monograph of the Family Rallidae
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Introductory Chapter and Abbreviated Species Accounts from Rails of the World: A Monograph of the Family Rallidae

By RIPLEY, S. Dillon

Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984. Paperback. Illustrations by J. Fenwick Lansdowne. Folio. Stiff green printed folder housing 31pp pamphlet and 41 color plates. Fine/fine/near fine. Faintest edgewear to folder only. Handsome "Portfolio Edition," being text excerpts and all of the artwork from the original 1977 hardbound limited edition issued in Boston by David R. Godine. All 41 plates (frontispiece and 40 illustrations) are outstanding and pristine.

$55.00

The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men
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The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men

By SANDOZ, Mari

New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1954. Hardcover. 8vo. Light brown cloth spine and with gilt lettering and tan marbled paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 372pp. Illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/good plus. Jacket edgeworn (rough at spine tail), with a few small edge chips and a tad rubbed; small ownership inkstamp on front flyleaf, rear pastedown and bottom of page 99. A tight, attractive second printing of this classic. Half-title page bears early Art Deco-ish custom bookplate of Ralph G. Newman (1912-98), founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

$55.00

Circus Doctor

By HENDERSON, J.Y.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 238pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; nonauthorial 1951 gift inscription on front flyleaf. Tight and handsome early printing of this chronicle by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus's chief veterinarian.

$25.00

Birds in Your Back Yard: Native birds in their haunts with a check list for Sangamon County
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Birds in Your Back Yard: Native birds in their haunts with a check list for Sangamon County

By EIFERT, Virginia S.

Springfield: The State of Illinois, 1945. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 238pp, (2pp). Extensive full-page illustrations. Very good. Spine faintly rubbed, else tight and internally near fine. Handsome second printing of this authoritative 1941 study, Volume II of the Illinois State Museum's "Popular Science Series." This sharp copy bears the ownership signature (bold, in full, in blue ink) on front flyleaf of Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-65), who became governor of Illinois several years later and in 1952 and 1956 was the Democratic candidate for president of the U.S. and later U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Stevenson was an avid outdoorsman who liked nothing better than pheasant hunting and other outdoorsy activities in the countryside around his famed Libertyville farm -- making it not surprising that he would own and use a guide book such as Eifert's.

$95.00

Portrait of a Wilderness: The story of the Coto Donana Expeditions
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Portrait of a Wilderness: The story of the Coto Donana Expeditions

By MOUNTFORT, Guy

London: Hutchinson & Co, 1958. Hardcover. Illustrations by Eric Hosking. Introduction by Field Marshal the Viscount Alanbrooke. Small 4to. Grey cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 240pp. Color frontispiece, numerous illustrations (some color), map endpapers. Very good/good plus. Faint binding edgeweary; couple spots to outer page edges; jacket edgeworn, with a few edge chips and archivally closed (on verso) edge tears, but complete and still attractive. A tight and nice first edition of this (to cite front jacket panel) "story of the ornithological expeditions" to this unspoiled region of southern Spain in 1952, 1956 and 1957. This special copy belonged to Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), who visited the area while U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. The book bears a printed dedication to the family who since 1835 owned the influential Gonzalez Byass, one of Spain's best-known sherry bodegas, and they are also thanked by Mountfort in his preface. The frontispiece verso bears a choice inscription in blue ink from one of the family directors of that firm: "H.E. Mr Adlay Stevenson -- / A small souvenir of your visit / to the Palacio de Donana on the / 13th April 1963 and to our Bodega / Gonzalez Byass in Jerez de la Frontera, / from one of the many friends you left / in Spain. / Sincerely yours / Manolo Gonzalez. / Jerez, April 1963."

$100.00

Hortus Botanicus: The Botanic Garden & The Book

By DAVIDSON, Suzette Morton (foreword)

Chicago: The Newberry Library, 1972. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff green wrappers. 119pp. Numerous illustrations (4 color). Very good. Outer wrappers (only) lightly age toned, else tight and internally fine. A handsome first exhibition catalogue of "Fifty Books from The Sterling Morton Library... for the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Morton Arboretum." Nice reference work with superb botanical images.

$30.00

Wild Flower Guide: Northeastern and Midland United States
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Wild Flower Guide: Northeastern and Midland United States

By WHERRY, Edgar T.

New York: Doubleday & Company, 1948. Hardcover. 12mo. Light blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. xv, 202pp. Map frontispiece, line drawings, numerous full-color plates. Very good/very good. Small inoffensive stain at front pastedown and front flyleaf top edge of otherwise near fine volume; jacket edgeworn and rubbed, with spine lightly sunned -- as if used in the field. A tight, nice first edition of this useful field guide -- and this copy bears a choice and unusual autograph addition: Title page bears a bold ownership signature in black ink of Charles Frederick Menninger (1862-1953) -- "CF Menninger MD / Spring of 1948" -- famed Topeka, Kansas physician who founded a clinic with his two better-known sons, Karl (1893-1990) and William (1899-1966). The Menninger Clinic became world-renowned for its treatment of behavioral disorders. Outside of medicine and psychiatry, Menninger is known for one ardent passion: Horticulture, which makes his ownership of this volume interesting and relevant. Inside rear flyleaf also bears a boldly pencilled list in his hand titled "Rock Garden Plants" listing sixteen plant species. A most intriguing copy bearing a fairly scarce signature of this distinguished horticulturist and holograph notes -- far scarcer than that of the sons with whom he founded the noted Menninger Clinic.

$175.00

The Ivory King: A Popular History of the Elephant and Its Allies
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The Ivory King: A Popular History of the Elephant and Its Allies

By HOLDER, Charles Frederick

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Khaki green cloth with gilt and black spine lettering and ivory and black pictorial stamping. xiv, 330pp. Frontispiece, numerous full-page plates. Very good. Faint edgewear only, else internally tight and fine. A handsome first edition of this well-regarded study by the noted American naturalist, writer, conservationist and big-game fishing pioneer (1851-1915). A sharp, lovely copy.

$75.00

In God's Out-of-Doors
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In God's Out-of-Doors

By QUAYLE, William A.

Cincinnati: Jennings & Pye, 1902. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black pebble-grain full calf with gilt spine lettering and rules, inner dentelles. 232pp. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, blue marbled endpapers, sewn-in ivory satin page marker. Near fine. A tight, quite attractive first edition of these nature appreciation essays by this Methodist Episcopal bishop (1860-1925). Not the common green cloth binding invariably seen, but a handsome custom leather treatment. An all-around spectacular copy.

$100.00

The Story of Shep: Written by His Mistress
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The Story of Shep: Written by His Mistress

By JAQUES, Bertha E.

Chicago: 4316 Greenwood Avenue, 1912. Hardcover. 8vo. White cloth spine with black lettering and grey paper over boards with paper label, pictorial dust jacket. 105pp. Frontispiece, numerous full-page plates. Fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn along the top (only) and overall a bit age toned and darkened. First and only edition, limited to 1000 numbered copies (this #180) of this bizarrity by this famed, influential and colorful Chicago etcher and photographer (1863-1941). Likely the many photographs that fill it are by her, though not so noted. Interestingly, she inscribes and signs the front flyleaf of this copy in brown ink to a fellow member of an organization she helped found, the Chicago Society of Etchers: "To Wallace L. DeWolf -- / In appreciation for his / charming book of rhymes. / Bertha E. Jaques / October / 1921." DeWolf (1854-1930) was a noted Chicago attorney remembered as much as an artist, art benefactor and philanthropist. Stunning condition, as the mildly worn jacket did its job and kept the volume tight and pristine. Scarce, especially in such primo condition and in the jacket -- and inscribed copies are rarely seen.

$250.00

Lives of the Hunted, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings
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Lives of the Hunted, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings

By SETON-THOMPSON, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. Hardcover. 8vo. Olive green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt and dark green pictorial and decorative stamping. 360pp. Full-page illustrations, numerous marginal line drawings. Very good. Mildest of edgewear, with spine ever-so-faintly sunned as usual -- and internally a bright near fine. Wonderfully tight and attractive first edition of this charming sequel to his 1898 "Wild Animals I Have Known" with his pioneering animal fiction writing. This British-born American was a prolific author and artist and one of the Boy Scouts of America's founding fathers. Nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf dated "Christmas 1901," two months after this book's copyright page "October 12 1901" release date.

$100.00

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