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July-07-15 11:33:44 AM

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


BROWN, Lady Richmond; Unknown Tribes Uncharted Seas. London, Duckworth & Co., [1926], , 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xvi, 268 pp, frontis portrait of author, 51 photos on plates, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, edges worn, spine a little faded but lettering clear, pictorial bookplate of John Rea, interior is clean in good sound covers.

A narrative of the author's travels with Mitchell Hedges through Panama, describing the Kuna people of the Rio Chucunaque and the area traveled, collecting ethnological and zoological specimens. Good photos of the local people and one of shrunken heads. The author was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Zoological Society, the Linnaean Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. The addendum is a letter from the British Museum thanking her for the thousands of objects she brought back from the expedition and donated to the museum.

US$22. bookID # 13856


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$35. bookID # 13862


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in journals, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$20. bookID # 13860


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in periodicals, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$17. bookID # 13858


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in AOS periodical, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$18. bookID # 13859


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$30. 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


LA CONDAMINE, M. de; A Succinct Abridgment of a Voyage made within the Inland Parts of South America from the Coasts of the South Sea to the Coasts of Brazil & Guiana, down the River of Amazonas. London, E. Withers, 1747, First edition in English, 8vo [21x 13 cm]; xii, 108 pp, folding engraved map, with the half title page, contemporary full leather, spine worn, joints repaired, light foxing including on map, but mostly marginal, internally clean and very good.

Sabin 38488. A French-Spanish expedition was sent to South America in 1736, to measure the degree of latitude in the area near Quito where the equator crossed, to determine the size and shape of the earth. The ten year expedition proved that the earth is flattened at the Poles. La Condamine returned by crossing Brazil via the Amazon. His narrative of his journey was of great importance, because, for the first time, the long course of the Amazon was traversed by a man of science capable of making astronomic observations, and determining longitudes.' [Borba de Moraes, I, 447] The fine engraved map of the Amazon and its tributaries accompanying the text was drawn by La Condamine himself, and is the first map in which the latitudes were observed and shown on the map. Cox ii, 273: 'La Condamine returned to the east coast of the continent by descending the Amazon, the first time it was accomplished by a scientist'. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Goodman 495: 'A very useful abridgment of this indispensable work, entirely satisfactory for nearly all purposes'. Spain & Spanish America I, 369.

US$800. bookID # 13853


LA CONDAMINE, M. de [Charles Marie de (1701-1774)]; Journal du Voyage fait par Ordre du Roi a l'Equateur, servant d'Introduction Historique a la Mesure des Trois Premiers Degres du Meridian. Paris, de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1751, First edition, 4to [25 x 20 cm]; [ii], xxxvi, 280, xv (index) pp, 7 engraved maps, plans and plates including 6 folding, one being fldg table, engraved vignette head-pieces and tail-pieces, contemporary full leather, gilt spine title & design, raised bands, light cover wear, few tiny holes on front joint,marbled endpapers, endpaper labels of Le Chev du Blaisel & B. Mendel, few leaves with light marginal browning, else clean crisp, near fine.

This is the first edition of the account of the great French Scientific Expedition to South America to measure an arc of the meridian at the equator to determine the dimension and shape of the earth. After the scientific measurements done north of the city of Quito in Ecuador, La Condamine then journeyed down the Amazon, being the first to explore that region. His measurements stood the test of time until the advent of GPS showed that the actual equator was somewhat further south, although the original monument and museums north of Quito still advertise themselves as the actual equator. The work includes a detailed plan of the city of Quito and a large map of what is now Ecuador. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Sabin 38479. Norman 1250.

US$4200. bookID # 13854


PARDEE, R. G.; A Complete Manual for the Cultivation of the Strawberry; with a Description of the Best Varieties, also Notices of the Raspberry, Blackberry, Cranberry, Currant, Gooseberry and Grape; with Directions for their Cultivation & Selection of Best Varieties. New York, Orange Judd & Company, 1857, third revised edition; the first edition was in 1854, 12mo [19.5 x 13 cm]; xii, [13] - 157, [x, publisher's ads] pp, engraved illustrations from drawings, original patterned brown cloth, gilt spine title lettering, lightly foxed on title and few margins, minor shelf-wear, very good copy, clean and unmarked.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalog 241. Hedrick p. 491: 'One of the most successful authors from the point of view of book sales was R. G. Pardee, Palmyra, New York.... This was one of the first works to discuss the blackberry, cranberry and black raspberry, and since there were descriptions of varieties and directions for cultivating these new fruits, as well as the older ones, the book was in demand at once.' The author provides new advice and varieties in this edition.

US$30. bookID # 13855


PELLY, David F.; Expedition; An Arctic Journey Through History On George Back's River. Toronto, Betelgeuse Books, [1981], Limited First edition, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; xiii, 172 pp, color frontis, illustrations, portraits, color plates from photos, maps, bibliography, list of birds, mammals and plants found, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very good jacket (rubbed at edges, slight wear at spine head, not price clipped), else a fine copy inscribed & signed by the author with his name on title page.

An account of the Pelly Lake Expedition that retraced George Back's 1834 travels through the Canadian Arctic and Barrens, from the source of Back's River to Lake Pelly. The Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company at the time, John Henry Pelly, who supported Back's explorations, was an ancestor of the author. The frontis and many illustrations are from Back's original work.

US$55. bookID # 13851


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$15. bookID # 13865


SCHULTES, Richard Evans and Robert F. Raffauf, foreword by Duke of Edinburgh; The Healing Forest; Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Portland, Oregon, Dioscorides Press, [1990], First American edition, large 8vo [27 x 19 cm]; 484 pp, hundreds of illustrations from photos and drawings, some full-page, bibliography, index to diseases and treatment, index to genera, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, jacket (not clipped, tiny tear at corner), fine and clean.

An exhaustive, comprehensive and interesting study of medicinal flora by the world's most renowned authorities. Schultes, was director of Harvard Botanical Museum, a plant explorer and conservationist and spent decades with native peoples studying ethnobotany. Raffauf was professor of Pharmacognosy at Northwestern University. The area covered includes parts of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. The authors describe about 1,500 species and varieties, 596 genera, in 145 plant families, of which half had not previously been investigated for their pharmacological properties. An important work on the ethnobotany of the Amazon. A massive and detailed work.

US$75. bookID # 13852


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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