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41 Edwards, Everett E A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HISTORY OF AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES
Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1967. 1967. Fine 
Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1967.. 1967.. Fine. - Octavo, pebbled brown cloth. 307 pp. Near fine.

United States Department of Agriculture Miscellaneous Publication no. 84.

Reprint of the original edition published by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1930. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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42 Farmer, Robert E., Jr SEED ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF TEMPERATE AND BOREAL ZONE FOREST TREES
Delray Beach, Florida: St. Lucie Press, (1997). (1997). 1574440543 / 9781574440546 Very good Signed
Delray Beach, Florida: St. Lucie Press, (1997).. (1997).. Very good. INSCRIBED TO PETER MATTHIESSEN AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, ROB FARMER, WITH HIS OWN FAMILY TREE - Quarto, 10-1/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches wide. Printed light green & gray boards, titled in green, black & white. The corners of the covers as well as head and tail of the spine and top edge are bumped xiii, [i] & 253 pages with textual illustrations of charts. Very good.

First edition.

Inscribed to Peter Matthiessen by the author Rob Farmer on the front endpaper. Beneath the inscription, Farmer has also penned his own family tree. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD

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43 Fenton, Carroll Lane THE WORLD OF FOSSILS
New York/London: D. Appleton-Century Company Incorporated, 1933. 1933. Very good 
New York/London: D. Appleton-Century Company Incorporated, 1933.. 1933.. Very good. - Octavo, red cloth titled in gilt. The covers are very lightly rubbed, bumped & soiled & the spine is faded. x, [1] leaf & 183] pages. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings by the author. Very good.

First edition. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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44 Frost, J.; editor THE CLASS BOOK OF NATURE; Comprising Lessons on The Universe, The Three Kingdoms of Nature, and the Form and Structure of the Human Body. With Questions and Numerous Engravings. Fourteenth Edition
Hartford: Wm. Jas. Hamersley, 1851. 1851. Very good 
Hartford: Wm. Jas. Hamersley, 1851.. 1851.. Very good. - Small octavo, original printed brown boards with a gilt-lettered black leather spine. The boards are rubbed, bumped & soiled with some light staining. The head & tail of the spine are chipped & the joints are rubbed with short splits at the head of the spine. 283 pages. Numerous engraved head- and tail-pieces. The pastedowns & endpapers are foxed with a contemporary owner's ink name on the front endpaper. For the most part, the contents are unusually clean & bright. Very good. 
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45 Fuertes, Louis Agassiz. LOUIS AGASSIZ FUERTES & THE SINGULAR BEAUTY OF BIRDS: Paintings, drawings, letters assembled and edited by Frederick George Marcham.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1971). (1971). Very good 
- Quarto, light gray cloth titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette of birds stamped in blind on the front cover, in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is very lightly rubbed & soiled with a tear to the top edge of the rear panel. xi & 220 pages. Profusely illustrated with 60 color plates & with illustrations in black & white & color. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper.

First edition.

The foreword is by Dean Amadon and the introduction by Roger Tory Peterson. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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46 Gilmour, John BRITISH BOTANISTS
London: Collins, 1946. 1946. Very good 
London: Collins, 1946.. 1946.. Very good. - (Britain in Pictures). Small 4to, olive green paper covered boards titled in white with vignette in white on front board, in dw (very lightly chipped; spine & edges of rear panel darkened). 46 & [2] pp. (1 loose signature). 8 full-page color illustrations & full-page & textual illustrations in B&W. Very good.

Second printing. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 12.50 USD

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47 Gould, Stephen Jay THE FLAMINGO'S SMILE: Reflections in Natural History
New York/London: W. W. Norton & Company, (1985). (1985). 0393022285 / 9780393022285 Fine 
New York/London: W. W. Norton & Company, (1985).. (1985).. Fine. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The top edge of the dust wrapper is lightly creased & there is a tiny mark to its front fold. 476 pages. Black-and-white illustrations & diagrams. Near fine.

First edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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48 Grant, Madison THE CARIBOU. Reprinted from the Seventh Annual Report of the New York Zoological Society
NY: New York Zoological Society, 1902. 1902. Very good 
NY: New York Zoological Society, 1902.. 1902.. Very good. - Octavo, dark green cloth titled in gilt on spine & front cover.The covers are bumped & rubbed. 24 pp., 1 leaf & 19 pages of B&W illustrations. Also with B&W frontispiece, 1 double-page color map & B&W plates. Very good.

First edition.

Inscribed on the front endpaper: "Compliments of the Author".

The illustrations in the rear are of specimens of the antlers of caribou. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD

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49 Hamilton, Lawrence S.; editor FOREST AND WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC,
Boulder, CO: Westview Press, (1983). (1983). 0865315345 / 9780865315341 Good 
Boulder, CO: Westview Press, (1983).. (1983).. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed dark green wraps. The binding is rubbed & lightly bumped. xxiii, 559 & [1] pages. Black-and-white illustrations, tables, maps & diagrams. An owner's name is stamped on the top edge & the fore-edge is slightly soiled. A few page corners are lightly bumped. Very good.

Westview Special Studies in Natural Resources and Energy Management. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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50 Harris, Thaddeus William A TREATISE ON SOME OF THE INSECTS INJURIOUS TO VEGETATION. Edited by Charles L. Flint
NY: Orange Judd Company, 1890. 1890. Good 
NY: Orange Judd Company, 1890.. 1890.. Good. - Octavo, dark blue cloth (bumped & lightly rubbed) titled in gilt between gilt rules with vignette of beetle in gilt on spine and with decorative borders & vignettes of insects in blind on both covers. xi, [i] & 640 pages (tear to rear endpaper). B&W frontispiece, 7 B&W plates & B&W textual illustrations supervised by Louis Agassiz (1 plate partially colored in by an owner). Ex-library with handwritten numerals on spine, labels mounted on front endpapers, numerals on copyright page, & pocket & small label on rear pastedown. Overall, a good, tight copy.

"A New Edition, Enlarged and Improved, with Additions from the Author's Manuscripts and Original Notes."

The author writes in his Preface: "The subject and plan of my Report [which was commissioned to promote the agricultural benefit of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts] were suggested by the instructions of the Governor, and by the want of a work, combining scientific and practical details on the natural history of our noxious insects. From among such of the latter as are injurious to plants, I selected for description chiefly those that were remarkable for their size, for the peculiarity of their structure and habits, or for the extent of their ravages; and these alone will be seen to constitute a formidable host." Dust jacket present. 
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TYPED LETTER ABOUT A BEETLE SIGNED BY GLENN W. HERRICK., Herrick, Glenn W. (1870-1965). Entomologist. Author of "Insects Injurious to the Household" and other works.
51 Herrick, Glenn W. (1870-1965). Entomologist. Author of "Insects Injurious to the Household" and other works. TYPED LETTER ABOUT A BEETLE SIGNED BY GLENN W. HERRICK.
Ithaca, NY: July 23, 1932. 1932. Very good Signed
- 49 words typed on a sheet of New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University / Cornell University Agricultural Research Station letterhead, 10-1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide, with the address and "Department of Entomology" printed at the top. Dated "July 23, 1932". Signed "Glenn W. Herrick". The bottom right corner of the letter is bumped. Folded 3 times for mailing. Very good.

Herrick writes to a correspondent in Poughkeepsie, New York: "I can say to you that the small beetles you sent me were not the black vine weevil. This vine weevil is five or six times as large and wellknown to all of us...." 
Price: 10.00 USD

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52 Hervey, E.W FLORA OF NEW BEDFORD AND THE SHORES OF BUZZARDS BAY. With a Procession of the Flowers. Revised Edition
New Bedford: E. Anthony & Sons Incorp., Printers, 1911. 1911. Good 
New Bedford: E. Anthony & Sons Incorp., Printers, 1911.. 1911.. Good. - Octavo, softcovers bound in printed gray wraps. The rear joint is split along its top half and the rear cover is in danger of becoming detached. 137 pages. The pages are slightly darkened and there is a red ink mark to the foreedge of the book. The rear endpaper is diagonally creased and the front edges of a few leaves are slightly creased. There is a minor chip to the bottom edge of the first 2 leaves. Good.

Scarce. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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53 House, Homer D. WILD FLOWERS OF NEW YORK. In Two Parts. By Homer D. House, State Botanist. (State Museum Memoir 15).... (Volume 2 only).
Albany, NY: The University of the State of New York, 1923. 1923. Good 
- Quarto 11-3/4 inches high by 9-1/4 inches wide. Bound in dark green cloth titled & ruled in gilt on the spine. The covers are rubbed and bumped with wear to the bottom corners. [1] leaf and pages 187-362. Superbly illustrated with 120 color plates of wild flowers, consisting of plates 144 through 264. There is heavy foxing to the edges of the book as well as to the endpapers, pastedowns and blanks. The contents are otherwise clean. Good.

Volume 2 ONLY of a 2 volume set. 
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54 Hudson, W.H BRITISH BIRDS. With a Chapter on Structure and Classification by Frank E. Beddard. New Impression
London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911. 1911. Good 
London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911.. 1911.. Good. - Octavo, red cloth titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette of a bird in gilt on the front cover. The head and tail of the soiled and darkened spine are chipped. xxii & 363 pages, with profuse textual illustrations, 8 black & white plates, and 8 brightly colored plates. The front hinge is cracked and there is a previous owner's inscription penned on the front endpaper. The leaves are slightly darkened. Good only. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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55 Illick, Joseph S COMMON TREES OF NEW YORK: A handy pocket manual of the Common, and Introduced Trees of New York. Presented to the Schools of New York by the Charles Lothrop Pack Forestry Trust
Washington, DC: The American Tree Association, 1927. 1927. Very good 
Washington, DC: The American Tree Association, 1927.. 1927.. Very good. - Octavo, soft cover bound in printed green wraps with a decorative border & vignette in dark green. There is some very light staining to the wraps & the bottom corner of the front wrap is lightly creased. 123 pages. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings. Very good. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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56 James, W. O AN INTRODUCTION TO PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. Sixth Edition
Oxford: (Oxford University Press, 1965). 1965). Very good 
Oxford: (Oxford University Press, 1965).. 1965).. Very good. - Octavo, dark blue cloth. viii & 329 pages plus colophon. 7 black-and- white plates, including a frontispiece, and numerous black-and-white full- page & textual diagrams. The fore-edge is very lightly foxed & the top corners of the first few leaves are lightly bumped. Very good. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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57 Karesh, William B APPOINTMENT AT THE ENDS OF THE WORLD: Memoirs of a Wildlife Veterinarian
(New York): Warner Books, (1999). (1999). Fine 
(New York): Warner Books, (1999).. (1999).. Fine. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. vi, [i] & 378 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. Near fine.

Uncorrected page proofs from the library of Peter Matthiessen.

Laid in is a letter to Matthiessen from Warner Books, sounding out the possibility of a New Yorker piece about Dr. Karesh and the Field Veterinary Program. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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58 Kaulberg, Svend SVALBARD: DE ARKTISKE FUGLES LAND
[Copenhagen, Denmark]: Fremads Rejseboger, (1970). (1970). 8755701426 / 9788755701427 Very good 
[Copenhagen, Denmark]: Fremads Rejseboger, (1970).. (1970).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a pictorial dust wrapper. There is minor soiling & chipping to the dust jacket with a tear to the top edge of its rear panel & a small piece out. 128 pages. Black-and-white photographic illustrations. Very good.

This title in Fremad's travel and natural history book series is about the bird population of Svalbard in the Arctic. The text is in Danish. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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59 Knight, Captain Charles "Chas" William Robert (1884-1957). Naturalist and falconer who was known for his lecture tours with his famous Golden Eagle, Mr. Ramshaw. A CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE FAMOUS FALCONER "CHAS" KNIGHT AND THE AMERICAN LECTURE MANAGER JAMES "BIM" POND CONSISTING OF SEVERAL LETTERS TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS & PUBLICITY BROCHURES ADVERTISING HIS LECTURES.
[1920 through 1956]. Circa [1930]. [1930]. Good Signed
[1920 through 1956]. Circa [1930].. [1930].. Good. - This small archive and correspondence begins with a retained copy of a typed letter from the American lecture manager James "Bim" Pond to his British colleague Gerald Christy of the Gerald Christy Lecture Agency dated May 4th, 1920 admiring Captain Knight's circulars and requesting that Christy send him "fifty or a hundred" of his booklets as he believes he can secure bookings for Captain "Chas" Knight as soon as October. The retained copy of a second letter to Christy, this one dated August 20th, 1920, is in response to Christy's telegram requesting Pond let him know the "fixed" dates for Knight's lectures. The brief telegram is included. Pond replies that he has not yet set dates since it is hard to do so without "proper advertising equipment". He goes on "I must also confess that I have really little heart for working on these unknown English lecturers when you are so little willing to return the effort and put a little energy on a man such as Vachel Lindsay...." In an Autograph Letter Signed by "Chas" Knight, dated January 25, 1926 and penned on a 6-1/2 inch high by 5 inch wide sheet of creamy white paper with an attached blank leaf, the naturalist & falconer invites Pond to come and hear him lecture in New York. Signed "Chas. R. Knight". By September 24, 1928, Pond has signed a contract with Franklin Fisher of the National Geographic Society for a lecture by Knight. The partially printed document on a 10-7/8 inch high by 8-1/4 inch wide sheet is signed by Pond and Fisher. Franklin Fisher was Director of Illustrations at the National Geographic Magazine. A retained copy of a typed letter by Pond, dated February 4, 1931, addressed to Captain Knight hints at a misunderstanding which has resulted in a rift between the two men. "I have always been terribly sorry that we misunderstood each other...." Apparently Knight had gone on to engage the services of one of Pond's competitors as Pond continues "I have said nothing to you of leaving Miss Smith and returning to me as I have not wanted to do anything to hinder her. However, from what I hear your business is not coming along as it should and I am wondering if you would like to come back. If so, the door is wide open...." On October 11th, 1932, Knight writes an exceedingly friendly typed letter to Pond. In this two-and-a-quarter page letter, Knight informs Pond that he'll be over again in January and "will take the liberty of coming to look you up." He writes of his passion "We've had a great Falconry Season, the best show we've had. My Falcons killed just on 60 Crows and Rooks, and my Gos 114 head of game since the middle of August." He playfully closes by saying that "Ramshaw is in the pink, like wise deep in the moult. He sends his love to his Uncle Bim, and to the charming ladies of the staff...." Signed "Chas". In a 3-page Autograph Letter, dated February 22, 1933 on three sheets of 9-1/2 inch high by 6 inch wide Northern Hotel (Billings, Montana) stationery, Knight writes of his "new film" which he is to show at the Harvard Club in New York City in March and hopes that Pond can be there: "I think I can promise you some refreshment". He closes with news of his eagle Mister Ramshaw "The bloody old Eagle is still going strong. Did ya hear how he 'foiled burglars' at William Huff's house??" Signed "Chas". In a friendly, though sad typed letter signed on 9-1/2 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide light blue air mail paper, dated January 6th, 1956, Knight informs Pond that "So far I have not had any nibbles regarding a return tour." Apparently he'd had a falling out with a promoter named "Mac" and goes on to say "The few dates Mac had obtained for this season have had to be abandoned - as you say there is no telling what he may spread about me. I think the true situation is fairly well known...." He closes with "I feel much depressed, Bim. I wonder what the future has in store for me!" Signed "Chas". Shortly thereafter, on July 3rd, 1956, in a typed letter signed Knight writes "I am really one of the unemployed - except for a few dates I got in the early part of the year and for a T.V. program in which Ramshaw and I appeared...". He then more cheerfully goes on to quote some positive reviews and excerpts. Signed "Chas." Pond has typed annotations in red ink at the top and middle of the letter "Note: I wrote Chas a long amusing (I hope) and cheery letter. Glad he recalled I am alive. Too bad I cant' get over to England, etc. BUT...."

Together with 10 original sienna-toned candid photographs, each measuring 3-14 inches high by 4-3/8 inches wide, housed with the original negatives in the photo processor's printed photo envelope. Several of the images depict Captain Knight with his majestic eagle, Mr. Ramshaw, while others depict Ramshaw in flight or landing upon a perch or branch. A few especially stand out as capturing the relationship between Captain Knight and his eagle.

The collection also includes 6 brochures advertising lectures by Captain Knight. Each brochure measures approximately 11 inches high by 8- 3/4 inches wide. Among these are a 6-page brochure on "Capt. C.W.R. Knight's latest achievement 'African Adventure' The Story of a 14,000 mile journey to film a bird!" This brochure for a lecture under the agency of Gerald Christy circa 1920, is lacking the cover sheet and its last sheet is detached. Another, a 2-page brochure for a 1938 lecture promoted by William B. Feakins is titled "Capt. Knight's latest and best lecture: 'Monarchs of the Air'". A 2-page 1938 brochure for a lecture promoted by Wiliam B. Feakins, Inc., is titled "'The Leopard of the Air' A Pictorial Record of the National Geographic Society South African Expedition (1937- 38)". A four-page brochure for a 1934 lecture under the agency of William B. Feakins is titled "Monarchs of the African Veldt". Another, this one for a 1936 lecture promoted by Feakins is titled "Two Enthralling Motion Picture Lectures by the Incomparable Capt. C.W.R. Knight: 'Monarchs of the African Veldt' - 'Wild Life in Old World England'". And a slightly smaller 4-page brochure for a 1940 lecture promoted by Feakins is illustrated with a photograph of Knight's famous Martial Eagle "Mr. Ramshaw" on the front cover. This brochure is titled "'The Most Entertaining Man on the Platform' Capt. C.W.R. Knight with two thrilling motion pictures and lectures 'Comedians of the Tree-Tops' (Rare Adventures with Eagles) and 'The Leopart of the Air'". All of these brochures are illustrated. All are folded and several have some minor creasing and occasional tears along the edges of the folds.

In addition, there are 2 copies of Pond's flyers for Knight's lecture "Wild Life in the Tree Tops" and an 8-page issue of "The Stoll Herald" for 1927 promoting forthcoming attractions and including a two-page illustrated centerfold for Knight's film: "For Three Days Only. Exclusive to this Theatre, The Filming of The Golden Eagle By Captain C.W.R. Knight".

Charles William Robert Knight (1884-1957) served as a sniper with the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment during the First World War, all the while observing wildlife. He even wrote an article "Wildlife in the Trenches" while serving on the front. Working for a tobacconist, he developed a living selling photographs and articles on birds. He soon went on to give lectures on the subject and, in 1924, gave a display of falconry at Wembley Stadium. An authority on falconry, he became best known however for his work with eagles. His 1927 film of eyries in Scotland "The Filming of the Golden Eagle" garnered him recognition. His lectures and appearances gained even more appeal when he developed a relationship with "Mr. Ramshaw", an eagle he discovered in the London Zoo, and with whom he toured the country and Europe. Setting off on a lecture tour to America during the Battle of Britain in 1940, his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. Forced to abandon ship leaving Mr. Ramshaw in the cargo hold, the despondent Knight was delighted to hear that, not only had the ship not sunk, but was rescued and towed to shore by a British destroyer. The two, inseparable by now, were reunited. In 1955, Mr. Ramshaw, had a cameo role in the film "Geordie" starring Bill Travers and Alistair Sim. Though Mr. Ramshaw was listed in the credits, his trainer Charles Knight was not. 
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60 Knight, David M NATURAL SCIENCE BOOKS IN ENGLISH 1600-1900
NY and Washington: Praeger Publishers, (1972). (1972). Very good 
NY and Washington: Praeger Publishers, (1972).. (1972).. Very good. - Small quarto, green cloth, in dw. The book is rubbed & slightly frayed at the head & tail of the spine. The dw is lightly chipped. 262 pp. Owner's name on flyleaf. Color frontispiece & B&W illustrations. Very good.

First edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
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