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THE NATURE COMPANIONS SHARKS AND WHALES
San Francisco: Fog City Press, 2002.
Tall narrow quarto, glossy illustrated boards. pp 488. Colour illustrations, photos. Fine copy. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$18.95 Book Number: 45979 Order / Enquire
THE NATURE OF NATURAL HISTORY.
New York: Scribner's, 1950.
Green cloth. , 309 pp, index. Fine copy, no owner marks. Dust jacket has nicks and rubbing at head of spine; nick and tiny very small chip to top edge of front panel; light dust soiling to rear panel; VG+ otherwise, flap price intact. Second book of the reknowned zoologist and ecologist.
$25.00 Book Number: 20561 Order / Enquire
THE FOREST AND THE SEA: A Look At The Economy Of Nature And The Ecology Of Man
London: Museum Press, 1961.
Orange boards. pp 248. Notes, index, good illustrations in text. Page edges tanned, just a mite leaned, else fine. Attractive dust jacket (art by E. Byfield) has a bit of yellowing to spine, else fine, flap price intact. An explanation of ecosystems, comparing a rain forest with a tropical sea. Bates was an important American zoologist. A nice copy of this ecological classic.
$25.00 Book Number: 44733 Order / Enquire
THE ARCTURUS ADVENTURE: An Account of the New York Zoological Society's First Oceanographic Expedition. With 77 Illustrations from Colored Plates, Photographs and Maps
New York: Putnam's, 1926.
Second printing. Dark green cloth, colourul illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt. pp (2), (xx), 439 + colour frontispiece with captioned tissue guard and numerous other plates (the colour ones with captioned tissue guards). Page edges yellowed; small bump to lower outer corner of front cover and text; mild wear to spine ends; else a VG clean, tight & unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$19.00 Book Number: 44269 Order / Enquire
Toronto: Copp Clark, 1919.
Blue cloth gilt pp (10), 297, , (6, ads),  + 15 of 16 plates. Indexed. Lacking the plate at p. 222 (army ants). Tidy ink owner name at front, yellowing to page edges, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy. Made from sheets of the US edition, with cancel title leaf. The great naturalist investigates the jungles of British Guiana. Something of a modern classic, it was reprinted by the Modern Library.
$12.00 Book Number: 44270 Order / Enquire
COUNTRY MATTERS: collected reports from the fields and streams o Iowa and other places
New York: Dial, 1973.
Octavo, cloth & boards. Fine copy. Price-clipped yellow dust jacket has very light darkening, sunning to the red author lettering, and one minor abrasion, VG.
$14.95 Book Number: 45973 Order / Enquire
CLARK, James L.
TRAILS OF THE HUNTED
London: Chatto & Windus, 1929.
Original light green cloth. pp , (xiv), (270), [1, ads] + 47 plates. Covers faded; spine lightly spotted, with tips a bit frayed, cloth tears to joints neatly repaired; ink owner name on front free endpaper; scattered foxing; in all, a good, sound copy, tight in the binding; text clean and unworn. For many years Clark was the companion of Carl Akely ("a man who stood alone in his generation as a combination of scientist, sculptor, taxidermist, photographer, and author"). Clark "was engaged directly in the development of the Akeley camera, and with it has produced some unsurpassed photographs of life, of both man and beast, in remote corners of the world" - from the Foreword by Kermit Roosevelt. Photos of big animals. Includes chapter titled Sculpturng and Taxidermy, Central Asia, American Game, Yaks, Ibex, Poli, Captured by Mongols, Tortured, and more (15 chapters in all). Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$40.00 Book Number: 27318 Order / Enquire
Croker, Robert A.
Pioneer Ecologist: The Life and Work of Victor Ernest Shelford, 1877-1968
Washington: Smithsonian Institute Press, 1991.
Cloth & boards. xviii, 222 pp + plates, indexed. Fine in fine jacket. " [Shelford's] early work on the sand dunes, ponds, streams, and forests bordering Lake Michigan led to the acceptance of animal ecology as a distinct discipline within the biological sciences. Shelford developed the concept of ecological succession of animals, and he was among the first to consider food webs, the intricate interrelationships in feeding habits that ultimately determine species composition and community structure. During World War I Shelford examined the effects of industrial pollution on fish, natural resources, and public health; his work marked the beginnings of water polluction biology." - jacket
$18.00 Book Number: 23538 Order / Enquire
Cushman, Joseph A
Foraminifera their classification and economic use. Fourth edition revised
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980.
Sixth printing. Tall octavo, terra cotta cloth. pp X), 605. Illustrated, index. Small rubber stamped maple leaf at front, near fine otherwise, no owner names. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$24.95 Book Number: 45949 Order / Enquire
DANA, James D.
CORALS AND CORAL ISLANDS
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1879.
Later printing (first US was in 1872). Octavo. pp 406 + colour frontispiece + 3 plates with tissue guards + 1 map + 1 folding map at rear, top edge gilt. Index. Numerous woodcut illustrations and maps in text. Lacking the folding map of Fiji at rear. Folding isocrymal chart of the world at rear has a fold split neatly repaired, one corner chip, creases. Rebound in modern blue buckram. Ink digits at bottom of Contents page and last page, else a mainly fine, clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Dana was Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Yale and a member of the Wilkes U.S. Exploring Expedition. of 1838-42, which visited the Tuamotus, the Societies, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji. The steel engravings are after A.T. Agate (Utiroa, Cocoanut Grove at Fakaafo or Bowditch Island, Scene at Oatafu Island). Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$45.00 Book Number: 33832 Order / Enquire
DANA, James D.
No place (New Haven, CT): The New Englander, 1863.
pp 495-506, stitched, in light green printed wrappers. Partial spine splits neatly repaired; library rubber stamp to upper outer corner of front cover; soft vertical crease; else a VG clean and unworn copy. An offprint from the July, 1863, issue of The New Englander (which eventually became the Yale Review). Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cephalization as "a tendency in the evolution of organisms to concentrate the sensory and neural organs in an anterior head," and cites it's first use in 1864. Dana himself coined the word. "James Dwight Dana (1813-1895) was an American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist, and zoologist. He made pioneering studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of continents and oceans around the world...In 1850, he was appointed ...Silliman Professor of Natural History and Geology in Yale College, a position which he held until 1892. " - wikipedia. His MANUAL OF MINERALOGY (1848) became a standard text and is still in print. Very scarce. Off-prints like this are usually printed in small numbers (fewer than 100). Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$85.00 Book Number: 43723 Order / Enquire
DERRY, Ramsay (Robert BatemanO)
THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN. Introduction by Roger Tory Peterson
Toronto: Madison Press Books, 1981.
Oblong format, 29 x 31 cm, blue cloth. Reproductions in black & white and colour by one of the great wildlife artists of our time. Fine copy. Dust jacket has very light spine sunning, else fine. Signed by Robert Bateman. Promotional card laid in. Note:. 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.
$30.00 Book Number: 43139 Order / Enquire
FORSTER, Johann Reinhold
The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster 1772-1775. Edited By Michael E. Hoare (4 Volume set)
London: Hakluyt Society, 1982.
Four volume set, complete. Octavo, blue cloth. Colour frontispiece, plates (some folded), maps (some folded). Hakluyt Society, second series, vols 152-155. A fine set, in lightly rubbed VG jackets, small tears. Journal of Cook's principal naturalist on his second voyage. 2 kg parcel.
$85.00 Book Number: 29510 Order / Enquire
RAMBLES OF AN AUSTRALIAN NATURALIST From the notes and journals of Thomas Ward
New York: Dutton, 1907.
Octavo, brown cloth gilt, top edges gilt. pp viii, (344). Bit of wear to spine tips, upper rear joint' front joint repaird externally with brown rice paper; small name label at front; in all, just good externally, but now tight in the binding, text quite clean and unworn, no owner names. Made from sheets of the London (Murray) edition with a cancel title leaf. Ward was a Queensland stock-farmer and a keen amateur naturalist. Detailed account of some Ozian flora and fauna.
$40.00 Book Number: 39331 Order / Enquire
FRISCH, K. v., Dr. [Karl von Frisch].
AUS DEM LEBEN DER BIENEN. Zweite Auflage. 6. bis 10. Tausend. Mit 96 Abbildungen.
Berlin: Julius Springer, 1931.
Second edition (first was in 1927). Green cloth gilt lettered. x, (160), [2, ads] pp. 96 illustrations and photos in text. Contains the author's short preface to this edition, which has slight changes and adds 5 new illustrations. Spine lightly darkened; 1932 pencil inscription to front free endpaper; book a little leaned; some foxing to the first few leaves; VG otherwise. Karl von Frisch, the important Austrian-German zoologist, is best known for his work on bees. Drawing on Pavlov's work on conditioned reflexes, he learned something about how bees saw colour, about how bees communicate with each other through a sort of dance, and how bees in flight orient themselves by the direction of the polarization of light in the sky. Text is in German. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$25.00 Book Number: 13885 Order / Enquire
GARDNER, Erle Stanley
HUNTING THE DESERT WHALE. Personal Adventures in Baja California.
New York: Morrow, 1960.
Blue cloth, blue on white endpaper maps. 208 pp. Many photos in text. A fine copy. The price-clipped used dust jacket has shallow chips all along top edge; tears to front panel internally repaired; rear panel soiled and damp stained but the damp has not affected the book itself; the jacket is thus just good, but perhaps a bit better in appearance than it sounds, no lettering lost. Adventures photographing grey whales in Scammon's Lagoon in Baja California, by the famous crime novelist.
$25.00 Book Number: 9747 Order / Enquire
Gordon, John Frazer
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier:Giving the Origin and History of the Breed, Its Show Career, Its Points and Breeding: Giving the Origin and History of the Breed, Its Show Career, Its Points and Breeding
London: John Gifford, 1972.
Second edition revised, with many new illustrations (first ed. was in 1959). Maroon boards. , 147 pp + plates, indexed. Page edges lightly yellowed, else fine in near fine price-clipped jacket, no owner names.
$15.00 Book Number: 24502 Order / Enquire
THE CRUISE OF THE MARCHESA TO KAMSCHATKA & NEW GUINEA, with notices of Formose, Liu-Kiu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago...Second edition
New York: Scribner & Welford, 1889.
Second edition, abridged (first was London, 1886, two volumes). Octavo, dark blue boards gilt, brown endpapers. pp (2), (xx), 455 + 13 colour maps (5 folding) + 28 b&w plates; 111 illustrations and one map in text. Preface to Second Edition - "In the present Edition the reduction to one volume has necessitated the omission of the Appendices, together with the Chapter on the History of Kamschatka. The two hand-coloured plates of birds have also been omitted, but with these exceptions both the text and woodcuts remain the same as in the First Edition." Book just a little leaned; spine has nicks, very small chip, and rubbing at ends, as well as some light damp spotting; cracked front inner hinge neatly reparied; some foxing early and late; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Account of a British natural history expedition aboard the Marchesa, chiefly focusing on birds, January 1882 - April 1884. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$175.00 Book Number: 36864 Order / Enquire
HAILMAN, Jack P.
OPTICAL SIGNALS. Animal Communication and Light
Bloomington & London: Indiana University Press, 1977.
Black cloth, white spine titles, pp. xix, 362, line-art illustrations, tables, equations. Previous owner's name stamp on all edges and at head of front free endpaper (under jacket flap), otherwise a fine copy in white dust jacket. Hint of sunning to purple spine lettering, else very good dust jacket. "A real understanding of communicative behavior necessitates study of control, ontogeny, preservation and phylogeny, integrating these determinants in a coherent framework. The primary concern of this volume is to predict characteristics of optical signals; the comparative method is particularly useful in checking tentative models of the sort to be proposed." - from the Intro.
$30.00 Book Number: 27784 Order / Enquire
HARTING, James Edmund
RECREATIONS OF A NATURALIST. With Eighty-One Illustrations.
London: Unwin, 1906.
Maroon cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. xvi, (436) pp + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; illustrations in text. Lightly sunned spine; text paper lightly toned; damp spot to lower inner corner of frontispiece; nick and very small chip to top edge of front free endpaper; a VG tight, clean and unworn copy otherwise, no owner names. Chapters on hawks and hawking, deer, game birds, origin of the domestic cat, hunting with the cheeta, swans, 17tNote: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.h century decoys, the oldest book on fishing, fish-eating bats, and much more.
$65.00 Book Number: 16916 Order / Enquire