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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

The Burgess Flower Book for Children
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The Burgess Flower Book for Children

By BURGESS, Thornton W.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1923. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering and light green decorative stamping with color floral plate on front board. xviii, 350pp. Color frontispiece, numerous illustrations (some color). Very good. Faintly edgeworn, with spine gilt rubbed. Tight, attractive first edition of this juvenile companion to Burgess's similar titles for birds and for animals -- and bearing fine autograph addition: Tipped before the frontispiece is a Typed Note Signed from Burgess, 1p, 7½" X 10¼" , Springfield, MA, 21 January 1939. Addressed to future notable Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On his imprinted letterhead, Burgess tells this admirer "Thank you for your birthday greetings... I am glad you find my books worthwhile. A word of this kind once in a while is of vast encouragement to a writer and writers do need encouragement...." Boldly signed in full in black ink. A lovely first edition with nice content letter.

$125.00

Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians / An Inquiry Into the Animism and Folk-Lore of the Guiana Indians
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Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians / An Inquiry Into the Animism and Folk-Lore of the Guiana Indians

By STEVENSON, Matilda Coxe, and ROTH, Walter E.

Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1915. Hardcover. 4to. Olive green blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering and front board pictorial stamping. 453pp. Full-page plates, single chromolithograph. Very good. Faint binding wear, with spine lettering a bit dulled. First edition of this hefty study, the "Thirtieth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1908-1909" by ethnologist-in-chief F.W. Hodge, whose 28-page "Administrative Report" precedes Stevenson and Roth's "Accompanying Paper." Stevenson (1849-1915) was one half of the pioneering husband-and-wife ethnologist and anthropologist team; she published a half dozen notable titles about the Zuni Indians, and in this title examines their use of plants not only in food and medicine but in weaving, dyeing, basketry, pottery decoration, toilet, folklore and other uses. Tight and attractive.

$55.00

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

Tarnish: The True Story of a Lion Club

By JOHNSON, Osa

Chicago: Wilcox & Follett Co, 1944. Hardcover. Illustrations by Arthur August Jansson. Small 4to. Pictorial paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 59pp. Numerous illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Very good/very good. Bit of mild binding edgewear; jacket edgeworn and rather rubbed. Tight, nice first edition of this young adult tale. Johnson (1894-1953) and husband Martin (1884-1937) were well-known and prolific adventurers and documentary filmmakers.

$55.00

Silent Spring

By CARSON, Rachel

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. x, 368pp. Line drawings, decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with couple of tiny edge chips. Later (4th) printing of this influential environmental classic, superbly tight and handsome.

$35.00

Four Wisconsin Counties: Prairie and Forest

By SCHAFER, Joseph

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1927. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. vii, 429pp. Frontispiece map, map, charts. Very good. Internally tight and near fine, with the mildest of binding edgewear only and giltstamping bright. Handsome first edition of General Studies Volume II of the Wisconsin Domesday Book.

$25.00

He Saw a Hummingbird

By BROWNING, Norma Lee, and OGG, Russell

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 143pp. Color illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive second printing of this slim study of (to cite front jacket panel) "How the Tiniest of Birds and a Man's Indomitable Spirit Combined to Bring About a Miracle" -- with her signing boldly in red ballpoint and also signing for her husband co-author (who was going blind), her adding "Happy Hummingbirding!" above the signatures and "Palm Springs 1981" below. Lovely copy.

$15.00

Exotic Conchology or Drawings and Descriptions of Rare Beautiful or Undescribed Shells
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Exotic Conchology or Drawings and Descriptions of Rare Beautiful or Undescribed Shells

By SWAINSON, William

Princeton: Van Nostrand Company, 1968. Hardcover. 4to. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering. xxiv, 39pp, 48 color full-page plates (rectos only), pp. 41-48. All edges gilt. Numerous illustrations, green marbled endpapers. Fine. Superb copy of this facsimile reprint limited to 2,000 copies -- the first volume in the Delaware Museum of Natural History's "Reproduction Series." Editor R. Tucker Abbott notes in his preface that this is "one of the most beautiful and most rare of shell books... produced in London in three editions, from 1821 to 1841. The early issues were so rare that the book remained a bibliographical puzzle until comparatively recently." This facsimile reproduces the complete third (1841) edition plus portions of the first and second editions. Lovely copy of a lovely book.

$75.00

A History of the Ayrshire Cattle in the United States
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A History of the Ayrshire Cattle in the United States

By BOWLING, George Augustus

Parsons,WV: McClain Printing Company, 1975. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with white lettering, pictorial dust jacket. x, 333pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and toning, with chip at head of spine. A tight, attractive first edition of this uncommon cattle breed chronicle.

$75.00

The Days of a Man: Beng Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher and Minor Prophet of Democracy
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The Days of a Man: Beng Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher and Minor Prophet of Democracy

By JORDON, David Starr

Yonkers-on-Hudson: World Book Company, 1922. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. Small 4to. Dark green blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering. xxviii, 710pp; xxviii, 906pp. Top edges gilt. Frontispieces, full-page illustrations. Very good. Endpapers a tad age toned, else internally fine and bright, tight and lovely, with gilt lettering a-gleaming. A superb first edition of this hefty memoir by Stanford University's odd and complex founding president (1851-1931), who was also a noted Renaissance man -- ichthyologist, eugenicist, natural history professor, Indiana University president and activist.

$75.00

The Wolfling: A Documentary Novel of the Eighteen-Seventies

By NORTH, Sterling

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1969. Hardcover. Illustrations by John Schoenherr. 8vo. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and brown paper over boards, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 222pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine slightly age toned. A tight, attractive first edition of this "Dutton Animal Book Award" winner for 1963.

$25.00

The Antelope and Deer in America. A Comprehensive Scientific Treatise Upon the Natural History, Including the Characteristics, Habits, Affinities, and Capacity for Domestication of the Antilocapra and Cervidae of North America
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The Antelope and Deer in America. A Comprehensive Scientific Treatise Upon the Natural History, Including the Characteristics, Habits, Affinities, and Capacity for Domestication of the Antilocapra and Cervidae of North America

By CATON, John Dean

New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1877. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown/grey cloth with gilt and black lettering and gilt pictorial stamping. xvi, 426pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Very good. Mild edgewear and bit of rubbing. Tight, attractive first edition of this scientific study by, of all people, the associate justice and later chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court (1812-95), a jurist who rode the circuit in Illinois' early days and sat as justice in more than 200 cases with Abraham Lincoln as attorney. This sharp copy bears a fine author signature and inscription in brown ink on inner flyleaf to "Hon. LB Crooker / with the compliments / of / JD Caton." (So bold in fact that its ghost image is visible on the page above and below it!) Crooker's small custom bookplate also graces the front pastedown. Crooker (1840-1928) served as captain with the 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and authored a study of their performance on the first day of the Battle of Shiloh. The front board portrait of an antelope is bright and fetching. Interesting copy -- and very scarce.

$450.00

The Tiger in the House
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The Tiger in the House

By VAN VECHTEN, Carl

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and blind-stamped front board medallion, pictorial dust jacket. x, 367pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; front endpaper rather age toned. A tight, quite nice fourth printing of this 1920 classic -- and bearing a huge, bold inked inscription and signature from the author on front flyleaf: "For Gordon North / because I liked / him -- / from / Carl Van Vechten / in New York / Aprill 17, 1962.". Front jacket panel touts: "This great treatise on Felis domestica describes the history, manners, and habits of the cat and explores his relation to folklore, music, painting, law, poetry, and fiction. It has long been considered the best book ever written about the cat." This Iowa-born writer (1880-1964) penned many novels in the teens and '20s such as the controversial "Nigger Heaven" (1926) before turning to photography, where he is known for portraits of the countless celebrities with whom he circulated; he was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance; a long-time close friend of Gertrude Stein, she named him her literary executor.

$300.00

Flowers: Tulips Hyacinths Narcissi... / Flowers: Rock Plants

By BIBESCO, Princess, and DE MONTHERLANT, Henry

New York: The Hyperion Press, 1948. Hardcover. Illustrations by Arlette Davids. Two-volume set. Folio. Tan textured paper over boards with red lettering. (Ca. 100pp each). Numerous full-page color plates. Very good. Mild edgewear and faint endpaper age toning. First edition, a tight and nice pair of this lovingly-illustrated studies, with the "Flowers: Tulips Hyacinths Narcissi" volume lettered simply "Spring Flowers" on spine and front board. Laid into each volume is the 6pp small 4to 1950 catalogue of "The Dutch Bulb Specialist" Peter Valinga.

$75.00

Flowering Trees and Shrubs in India

By COWEN. D.V.

Bombay: Thacker & Co., Ltd, 1957. Hardcover. 4to. Brown pebble-grained cloth with green lettering. xvi, 142pp. Line drawings, numerous full-page color plates. Very good. Faintest edgewear; ownership signature on front flyleaf. A tight, attractive third edition of this well-illustrated survey, with color plates plentiful and pristine.

$20.00

The Illustrated Main Woods with Photographs from the Gleason Collection
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The Illustrated Main Woods with Photographs from the Gleason Collection

By THOREAU, Henry David

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974. Hardcover. Edited by Joseph J. Moldenhauer. Wide 8vo. Two-tone green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxiii, 347pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive first of this illustrated edition. Herbert W. Gleason's contemplative images of late 19th/early 20th century New England are an intriguing accompaniment to Thoreau's travelogue.

$50.00

The Iris: An Ideal Hardy Perennial

By DOUGLAS, Geddes (editor)

Nashville: The Bulletin, 1947. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff burgundy blind-embossed leather-textured wrappers. 224pp. Numerous illustrations (some color), line drawings. Very good. Faint edgewear, with spine sunned. A tight, nice first edition of this in-depth flower study -- history, how-to, etc. -- produced by the American Iris Society.

$17.50

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