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ANKER, Jean; Bird Books and Bird Art. An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology Bird Books and Bird Art; An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology. Copenhagen [New York], Levin & Munksgaard [Maurice Martino], 1938 [1990], reprint of the 1938 first edition, limited to 300 copies, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; xviii, 251 pp, 14 plates including frontis, index of names and geographical index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, 2 pages with barely visible foxing in margin, else a fine, clean and unmarked copy.

Based mainly on the collection of books containing plates with figures of birds and their eggs now in the University Library at Copenhagen and including a catalogue of these works, the book includes an important and detailed 87 page description of the literary history of bird books and their illustrations, woodcuts, art of printing, engraving, early illustrated works from the beginning of printing to the 20th century. The catalogue of over 900 of the most important illustrated bird books gives complete description, collations, description of the importance of each book, etc, making this work and important reference on the subject.

US$35. bookID # 13868

BARKER, Nicolas [introduction]; An Important Botanical Library, Part I & Part II (complete). New York, Christie's New York, 1997, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, 258; 185 pp, numerous colored and black and white plates and illustrations, including folding, indexes, bibliography, includes the original printed prices realized for each volume, original pictorial heavy paper covers with title lettering on spines and cover, few notes of original owner, but very good+ condition.

An important reference of 691 auction lots containing thousands of books with detailed descriptions and considerable commentaries on the more important items. Includes books from the rare book library bequeathed by Kenneth K. Mackenzie in 1934 to the Horticultural Society of New York, sold to Robert de Belder in 1981; and Robert de Belder s other acquisitions, including the library of Philippe de Vilmorin; books from the Boissier-de Candolle collections; significant auction purchases of a number of books from the sale of the Arpad Plesch collection (de Beider being the single largest buyer), as well as at sales from the libraries of the Earl of Derby, the Linnean Society of London and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, with many other books added.

US$35. bookID # 13870

COCKAYNE, L. (Leonard); Report on a Botanical Survey of Stewart Island. Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand Department of Lands; John Mackey, Government Printer, 1909, First edition, folio [33.5 x 21 cm]; 68 pp, colored folding map, 43 photo illustrations, mostly two per page, tables, bibliography, original printed paper wrap front cover with title lettering held by tape, wrapper worn, chipped, bit foxed, lacks rear blank paper cover, interior is very good, unmarked and clean.

A well-illustrated and detailed study by famous New Zealand botanist.

US$22. bookID # 13862

FUNK, V. A. and Scott A. Mori; A Bibliography of Plant Collectors in Bolivia. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989, First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; iii, 20 pp, full-page map, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, with printed title lettering, small ink stamp on cover, else near fine copy, clean throughout.

A useful work consisting of an introduction by authors, a detailed bibliography, mostly with annotated descriptions and a list of general reference works.

US$18. bookID # 13863

GILLESPIE, John Wynn; New Plants from Fiji - I. Honolulu, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 1930, First edition, 8vo [25.5 x 17 cm]; [vi], 99 pp, frontis from photo, 57 plates from drawings, original printed paper wrappers with title lettering on spine and cover, slight wear at spine ends but clean, unmarked fine copy.

A detailed account, very well-illustrated, most drawings by Helen Gillespie Sperry.

US$15. bookID # 13861

GLOTZER, Leonard R.; The Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Creation and its Commentaries. Northvale, New Jersey; London, Jason Aronson, [1992], First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xxxiv, 258 pp, appendices, bibliographical notes, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (light wear to corner), clean fine copy in near fine dj.

Based on the author's translation of the Sefer Yetzirah, or, book of creation, one of the first and most important works on Kabbalah, each section or mishnah has a detailed commentary. The detailed 34 page introduction provides an explanation of the concepts and there are several appendices with further details.

US$15. bookID # 13869

RENNER, S. S.; A History of Botanical Exploration in Amazonian Ecuador, 1739-1988. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993, First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; iii, 39 pp, map, table, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, printed title lettering on cover, few small ink letters on cover, else near fine and clean.

Includes a chronology of botanical exploration, cryptogamic flora, ethnobotanical collecting in Amazonian Ecuador, status of botanical inventory of area, annotated list of collectors, index to localities, literature cited.

US$27. bookID # 13864

RIPLEY, S. Dillon and Lynette L. Scribner; Ornithological Books in the Yale University Library including the Library of William Robertson Coe. Mansfield, Martino Press, nd [c 1990], limited to 275 copies, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [x], 338 pp, frontis, illustrations including full-page, original cloth gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean copy, unmarked.

Describes thousands of titles, including many not in earlier references such as Zimmer and Wood, and gives details on collations, plates, maps, etc. Most useful.

US$12. bookID # 13865

WILSON, Colonel Charles; Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. New York, D. Appleton and Company, [1881-1883], First American edition, 4to [33 x 25]; 2 volumes in 4 bound divisions; x, 240, vi, [239]-478; vi, 240, vi, [239]-474 pp, 42 engraved plates incl frontis & extra engraved titles, 2 double-page colored maps, over 700 other illus incl full-page, balck & red printed titles, indexes, original green pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on covers & spines, all edges gilded, light wear at spine ends and corners, small private ink stamp in each volume, a complete attractive set, clean interior, free of usual foxing, overall very good.

The author was assisted in this massive undertaking by various scholars and travelers including Charles Warren, Captain Condo of the Exploration of Palestine fund, Tristram, Jessup, Palmer, Stanley Lane-Poole, etc. Wilson was engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society, and worked on the survey of Jerusalem and in explorations in Palestine, and later surveyed Sinai. A beautifully illustrated work on the area, with much on geography, topography, archaeology, people, with the plates and illustrations done by some of the best artists of the day. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 335. Blackmer 1817. Translated into many languages, "Wilson affords the reader an overall pictorial survey of Palestine. The pictures are artistic compositions, but never at the expense of true representation, and admirably convey both the spirit of the times and the state of hundreds of sites in the Holy Land and the surrounding regions" [Ben-Arieh; The Rediscovery of the Holy Land in the Nineteenth Century]. The work contains plates and illustrations of Palmyra that was recently destroyed by the Islamic State. An excellent copy, the engraved plates with original tissue guards.

US$300. bookID # 13871

WOOD, Casey A.; Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology. Hildesheim; New York, Georg Olms Verlag, 1974, exact reprint of 1931 first edition published in London by Oxford University Press, 8vo [[23 x 16 cm]; xix, 643 pp, frontis, indexes to authors, titles, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, joints with some wear, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.

Preceded by a detailed 148 page introduction, the book describes thousands of the most important books and other works on the subject, including books on birds, fish, etc, with descriptions giving date, collations and most with descriptions of the importance and significance of the work. A standard reference. Included is an article, inserted loose, on the Collecting the Firs Peterson Bird Guides by Cassie.

US$15. bookID # 13867

ZIMMER, John Todd; Catalogue of the Edward E. Ayer Ornithological Library. Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, 1926, reprint of the scarce 1926 edition and limited to 300 copies, 8vo [21 x 13 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, x, 706 pp, frontis of Ayers, full page illustrations, original cloth, fine clean copy, unmarked.

This has become a standard reference in ornithology, with collations, numbers of plates, etc, as well as useful descriptions and importance of the thousands of books described. Wilfred H. Osgood provides a historical preface. The catalogue "includes the splendid collection of books dealing wholly or in part with birds which has been presented to Field Museum by Edward A. Ayer, and all other works in the library of the museum which are entirely ornithological."

US$35. bookID # 13866

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