Books of Natural History
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  • Abbey, Edward:  The Serpents of Paradise.  New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1995. First Edition. Fine in 1/4 black cloth and paper covered boards. In a fine dust jacket. A collection of thirty-five essays and short stories arranged by John Macrae into a reader. The stories and essays are provided in a chronological order to show the progression of Abbey as a writer and the events which shaped his thoughts.
    TB05131  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandAlbertson, Alice:  Nantucket Wild Flowers.  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1921. First Edition. Near fine in dark blue, ribbed cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a gilt decorated light brown embossed title label on the front board. A 16mo measuring 6 5/8" by 4 1/2" with a prior owner's book plate (Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences) on the front paste down. Without a dust jacket. 442 pages of text including an index. Illustrated throughout with line drawing plates by Anne Hinchman a few of which are in color. A very clean, tight and handsome copy.
    TB28235  $85.00


  • Barbato, Joseph:  Off the Beaten Path.  New York: North Point Press, 1998. First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 dark blue cloth and decorated paper covered boards with silver blue text stamping on the spine. fine. A collection of "Stories of Place" edited by Joseph Barbato and Lisa Weinerman Horak with an introduction by Barbara Kingsolver. Story contributors include: Howard Norman, Jill McCorkle, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, Richard Bausch, Lee Smith, Eric Lustbader, Barry Lopez, Annie Proulx, Rick Bass, Rita May Brown, Larry Watson & Julia Alvarez.
    TB06912  $10.00


  • Barbato and Lisa Weinerman, Joseph:  Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places.  New York: Pantheon Books, 1994. First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 brown cloth and light brown paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. Co-authored with Lisa Weinerman with a forward by Barry Lopez. Essays by Terry Tempest Williams, Rick Bass, Tom McGuane, William Kitteredge, James Welch, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, William Least Heat-Moon, Paul Theroux and Peter Matthiessen.
    TB08577  $20.00


  • Bass, Rick:  Winter.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. First Edition, First printing. Fine, In a fine dust jacket. A description of life and nature in a remote valley in Montana as experienced by the author.
    TB03815  $28.00


  • Bass, Rick:  Oil Notes.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. First Edition, First printing. Fine 1/4 black cloth and black paper covered boards. In a fine jacket with the price intact on the front flap and with a small 1/4" closed tear at the upper edge of the rear panel. The author's fourth book which is written in the form of a journal which documents the thoughts of this immensely talented writer about life and oil.
    TB11766  $24.50


  • Click on Image to expandBeebe, William:  Pheasants Their Lives and Homes (In Two Volumes).  Garden City: New York Zoological Society and Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1931 c.1926. Reprint. Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition in green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spines and gilt text and emblems on the front boards. Both are small quartos measuring 10 1/2" by 7 1/2". Both are within very good+ off white dust jackets with tanning to the spine areas and both show modest shallow chipping from the upper edges of the spine areas. Volume I contains 257 pages and volume II contains 309 pages including an index to both volumes. Both are illustrated with photographs, and color and black and white plates. Both volumes are contained within a fine, light green, cloth covered clamshell box with marbled paper on the inside boards and with black text stamped on a paper label on the spine end.
    TB25292  $200.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesBurroughs, John:  Under The Maples.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921. First Edition. Very good+ in green ribbed cloth with gilt text on the spine and a gilt stamped facsimile of the author's signature on the front board. A 12mo measuring 7 by 4 1/2 inches with light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and to the tips of the boards. Without a dust jacket. 223 pages including an index. Illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of Burroughs taken six days before his death.
    TB29059  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandCoues, Elliott:  Birds of the Colorado Valley. A Repository of Scientific and Popular Information concerning North American Ornithology.  Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1878. First Edition, First printing. Recently rebacked with the original text stamped title block reapplied to the spine and with the original publisher's pebbled red cloth covered boards. The end sheets are new. The binding is tight and strong with new headbands in place. The text block is in near fine condition with only early book dealer notations in pencil with no foxing or tanning to the pages. 807 pages including seventy illustrations within the text, an index, an index to bibliography, a bibliographical appendix of faunal publications relating to North American Ornithology from 1612 to 1878. Accordingly, this volume provides an excellent early bibliographical reference to American birds.
    TB20706  $175.00


  • Eckert, Allan:  Wild Season.  Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1967. First Edition. Very near fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A small octavo measuring 8" by 5 1/4" with light dust staining to the top edge of the text block. In a very good, price clipped dust jacket with a 2" long closed tear at the upper edge of the spine area and rubbing to the folds and front panel. 244 pages of text with illustrations by Karl E. Karalus.
    TB26024  $10.00


  • Eiseley, Loren:  The Invisible Pyramid.  New York: Charles Scribner, 1970. First Edition, First printing. Fine in yellow cloth covered boards with black text stamping on the spine. In a very good+ dust jacket with a 1" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel & modest wear to the upper edge of the spine area. This distinguished naturalist views the Space Age with the suggestion that what mankind has invested in the space race is equivalent to the building of the great Pyramid of Giza.
    TB07592  $17.50


  • Click on Image to expandFord (Editor), Alice:  Audubon's Animals The Quadrupeds of North America.  New York: The Studio Publications, Inc. with Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1951. Second Printing. Near fine in light green cloth covered boards with a gilt on brown title block on the spine which is slightly faded and with a narrow, 2" chalk (?) stain on the front board. In a very good+ unclipped dust jacket with moderate rubbing and wear to the ends of the spine area and with dampness stains only visible on the verso side of the jacket. 222 pages including an index, text and illustrated with Audubon's 156 animal prints from the original editions.
    TB20425  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandFrance, L. B.:  Mountain Trails And Parks In Colorado.  Denver: Chain, Hardy & Co., 1887. . An ex-library copy in very good+ condition in 3/4 leather (calf) and marbled paper covered boards with a gilt on red leather title block on the spine which is decorated with gilt borders and devices. The top edge of the text block is gilt. The spine has been rebacked preserving the leather and marbled paper on the boards and matching end sheets. A small octavo measuring 7 5/8 by 5 3/16 inches with three prior owner's book plates on the front paste down. The title page has been stamped "Cancelled" by the Chicago Natural History Library and that page also bears an embossed seal of The Newberry Library and a file number. 224 pages of text illustrated with illustrated with numerous engraved plates. (Bruns, p.162; Phillips, p.126; Thacher, p.186)
    TB28922  $75.00


  • Click on Image to expandGessner, David:  All The Wild That Remains - Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and The American West.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (2015). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in 1/4 brown and blue paper covered boards with bold gilt text on the spine. A small quarto of 9 1/4 by 6 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 354 pages including an index, notes on sources and text. Illustrated with occasional black and white photographs scattered through the text.
    TB29423  $25.00


  • Heat-Moon, William Least:  PrairyErth.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1991. First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 navy blue cloth and decorated tan paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. In a fine dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap.
    TB16069  $7.00


  • Click on Image to expandHoagland, Edward:  Tigers & Ice Reflections on Nature and Life.  New York: The Lyons Press, 1999. First Edition, First printing. Fine in white and blue paper covered boards with dark blue text stamping on the spine. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. 206 pages of text.
    TB18923  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandHutchings, J. [James]:  In The Heart Of The Sierras Thee Yo Semite Valley, Both Historical And Descriptive.  Yo Semite Valley: Old Cabin, 1886. First Edition. Very good- in dark yellow, original cloth over beveled boards with gilt text and brown decorations on the spine and on the front board. An octavo measuring 8 1/2 by 6 inches with heavy wear and rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine with several small tears and with the cloth worn through at the tips of the boards. Much of the front hinge is cracked. Containing 496 pages and illustrated throughout with plates and engravings within the text as well as well as two maps one of which folds-out. (Cohen, p 299-300)
    TB28745  $300.00


  • Kappel-Smith, Diana:  Desert Time.  Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1992. Second Printing. Near fine in pink and tan paper covered boards. In a very good dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap but with two tape repaired closed tears at the upper fore corner of the front panel. "A Journey Through the American Southwest" which records the events of a 25,000 mile trip through the deserts from Oregon and Idaho south to the Mexican border.
    TB16474  $7.00


  • Click on Image to expandLee, James:  Introduction To Botany Containing An Explanation Of The Theory of that Science; Extracted From The Works of Dr. Linnaeus.  London: J. F. and C. Rivington, 1776. Third Edition with Additions and Corrections. Good in the publisher's original leather covered boards with gilt bands on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 1/4" by 5" with the front hinge and joint broken so that the front board is detached. The edges of the boards are rubbed and worn, the first free end page is present but detached and there is a prior owner's name and date of 1804 on the title page. The balance of the text block is tight and in very acceptable shape permitting a binder to apply new end sheets and case. 432 pages including a glossary, an explanation of botanic terms and text. Illustrated with twelve copper plates.
    TB24777  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandLeopold, Aldo:  Round River From the Journals of Aldo Leopold.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1953. First Edition, First printing. Fine in burnt orange cloth covered boards with a blind embossed leaf on the front board and yellow text on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 1/4" by 5 1/2". In a very good+ dust jacket with light wear at the ends of the spine area and a clipped price at the lower corner of the jacket flap. 173 pages of text. A collection of essays from the jounals of Aldo Leopold edited by his son Luna B. Leopold and with illustrations by Charles W. Schwartz.
    TB24569  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandLeopold, Aldo:  Game Management.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, c. 1933 1948. Reprint of 1948. Very good+ in burnt orange cloth covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6" with light wear and rubbing and several short closed tears to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and with two prior owner's names neatly written on the front paste down. Without its issued dust jacket. 481 pages including an index, bibliography, glossary and text and illustrated with black and white drawings by Allan Brooks. Aldo Leopold was an ecologist and pioneer of wildlife management. He is considered by many to be the grandfather of the modern environmental movement.
    TB27662  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandMatthiessen, Peter:  Baikal Sacred Sea of Siberia.  London: Thames and Hudson, 1992. First Edition. Fine in navy blue cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine and decoration on the front board. In a fine, unclipped (no price) dust jacket. Signed by the author without an inscription on the title page. Photographs by Boyd Norton. The book is of the same format as its American version but with a jacket with a considerably different appearance.
    TB29595  $65.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Annals of the Former World.  New York: FS&G, 1983. First Edition, Limited Edition. Fine in brown cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spines. Without dust jackets as issued; however, the books are contained within a fine, paper covered slip case Two volume set numbered 274 out of 450 printed and signed which is still within the publisher original shrink wrap and comes with the publisher's cardboard shipping box. This set is a recombination of Basin and Range and In Suspect Terrain.
    TB29588  $300.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Oranges.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1967. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in light blue cloth covered boards with the upper edge of the text block stained light yellow. The lower edges of the boards shows minor fading; otherwise the book is fine. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. A small octavo measuring 7 7/8" tall by 5 3/8" deep containing 149 pages of text. Warmly inscribed by the author on the title page and dated in 1969. The author's third book which has become rather uncommon.
    TB22008  $275.00


  • McPhee, John:  The Crofter & The Laird.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970. First Edition, First printing. Near fine, with owner's plate on EP & underlinings on text. In a fine dust jacket. This book was owned by Ivan Doig and bears his bookplate and signature on the EP behind the DJ flap. The text also contains underlinings by Doig.
    TB03240  $122.50


  • McPhee, John:  Pieces of the Frame.  New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1975. First Edition, First printing. Fine in bright blue cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine and with a prior owner's name on the front free end paper. In a fine dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap and only a hint of rubbing at the upper edge of the spine area. A collection of eleven memorable stories or essays which have appeared in The Atlantic, Holiday, Playboy and The New Yorker magazines. One of the more uncommon titles by McPhee.
    TB16308  $122.50


  • McPhee, John:  In Suspect Terrain.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1983. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in light brown cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine with very light dust staining to the top edge. In a very near fine dust jacket with a hint of wear to the upper edge of the spine area and a price clipped jacket flap. Signed by the author on the fly title page. The author's sixteenth book and the second in his geological series of books. The title page is marked with a stamped number which very well may make this a review copy.
    TB09476  $80.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  The Curve of Binding Energy.  New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1974. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 1/4" by 5 1/2" with a faint, inconsequential 2 inch oval stain to the front board. In a near fine unclipped dust jacket with a minor, faint 1 1/2 inch red crayon mark at the upper edge of the rear panel. "A journey into the awesome and alarming world of Theodore B. Taylor...one of the most inventive nuclear scientist of our time." 232 pages of text. A clean, tight and bright copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29279  $75.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Oranges.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1967. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in light blue cloth covered boards with the upper and lower edges of the board very slightly faded and three ink (?) stains on the fore edge of the text block. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket with a 1/4" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel close to the spine and with soiling to the rear panel. The author's third book which has become rather uncommon. 149 pages of text.
    TB29604  $65.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Coming into the Country.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1977. First Edition. Fine in green cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine with printed end sheets. An octavo measuring 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches with touches of fading to the cloth at the extreme edges of the head and heel of the spine. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. McPhee's award winning classic of Alaska. 438 pages of text.
    TB28633  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  The Ransom of Russian Art.  New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1994. First Edition. Fine in red cloth covered boards with black text stamped on the spine. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 3/8 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. Signed without an inscription or date by the author on the title page. 181 pages of text illustrated with four sections of color plates. McPhee's book which examines the unlawful "departure" of underground artist's works during the 60's and 70's in Russia.
    TB29492  $50.00


  • McPhee, John:  La Place de la Concorde Suisse.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1984. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in light gray cloth covered boards with black text on the spine. In a fine jacket with with the price intact on the front flap. McPhee's classic narrative of the Swiss Army through the eyes of Luc Massy, who like 650,000 other Swiss citizens, is a member of the army which can be fully mobilized in less than 48 hours.
    TB16309  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  The Founding Fish.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. First Edition, First printing. Fine in black and dark gray paper covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 358 pages of text. The author's 26th book. This title is about the American shad.
    TB28634  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Table of Contents.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1985. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. In a fine jacket with the price intact on the front flap. 293 pages of text.
    TB28692  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Rising From the Plains.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1986. First Edition, First printing. Fine in brown cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. A book about "high country geology and a Rocky Mountain geologist." 214 pages.
    TB29280  $20.00


  • McPhee, John:  Irons in the Fire.  New York: Farrar, Starus & Giroux, 1997. First Edition. Fine paper decorated covered boards with black stamping on the front board and on the spine. In a fine dust jacket. McPhee's 28th book comprises a collection of seven essays on some extremely diverse topics. 216 pages of text.
    TB05940  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  The Control of Nature.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1989. First Edition, First printing. Fine in red-brown cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with a black illustration on the front board. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. Mcphee visits with the engineers who must prevent the Mississippi from leaving its old established course; an Icelandic physicist who devised a means to prevent molten lava from taking over and filling-in Iceland's most important port; Hawaii to view similar attempts to control lava and in Los Angeles to meet with those responsible for trying to control the rapid disintegration of the mountainous terrain surrounding that area. 272 pages of text.
    TB29277  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  In Suspect Terrain.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1983. First Edition, First printing. Fine in light brown cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A quarto of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. The author's sixteenth book and the second in his geological series of books. A fine, bright and clean copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29282  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  Giving Good Weight.  New York: Farrer Straus Giroux, 1979. First Edition, First printing. Fine in gold colored cloth covered boards with metallic red text stamping on the spine. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 261 pages of text. A collection of five essays. A fine, clean and tight copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29273  $10.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcPhee, John:  The Ransom of Russian Art.  New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1994. First Edition, First printing. Fine in deep red cloth covered boards with black text stamping on the spine. A quarto of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a fine dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap. The author examines the unlawful "departure" of underground artist's works during the 60's and 70's in Russia. 181 pages of text and illustrated with a number of color plates. A very clean, bright and tight copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29281  $10.00


  • Click on Image to expandMoore, Kathleen Dean:  Holdfast At Home in the Natural World.  New York: The Lyons Press, 1999. First Edition, First printing. Fine in black and blue paper covered boards with white text stamping on the spine. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. 176 pages of text.
    TB18924  $35.00


  • Click on Image to expandMowat, Farley:  The People Of The Deer (First Installment, The Atlantic January, 1952).  Boston: The Atlantic Monthly, 1952. First magazine appearance. Near fine in illustrated paper covered wraps. This issue constitutes volume 189, number 1 of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Without a dust jacket as issued. The cover art is of Farley Moat done by Mimi Korach depicting the young author sitting atop a rock in the Barren Lands of northern Canada wearing a parka, boots and behind him is a herd of caribou. This is a seven page (page 31 to 37), first installment and the first appearance of Farley Mowat's first book: The People Of The Deer.
    TB19896  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandMuir, John:  The Cruise of the Corwin.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. First Edition, Large Paper Edition. Very near fine in 1/4 green cloth and light green paper covered boards with a gilt stamped red leather title block on the spine. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 1/4 inches with very light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine which is slightly tanned. One of only 550 large paper edition copies printed. This copy is identified as number 147 on the limitation page. 279 pages including an index, appendix and text. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and all 26 plates as called for. (Kimes, 347)
    TB28829  $375.00


  • Click on Image to expandMuir, John:  A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. First Edition, Large Paper Edition. Near fine in 1/4 green cloth and light green paper covered boards with a gilt stamped dark green leather title block on the spine. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 1/4 inches with very light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine which is slightly tanned and some loss of the background color to the leather label. Without a dust jacket as issued. One of only 550 large paper edition copies printed. This copy is identified as number 510 on the limitation page. 220 pages including an index and text. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and all 17 plates as called for. The frontispiece is a watercolor by Amelia M. Watson of A Florida Sunset, and protected by a printed tissue guard. With an introduction by William Frederick Bade. In 1867 John Muir at the age off 28, resolved to follow his life-long passion of botany and set it in motion to travel, mostly by foot, to Florida from Indianapolis. (Kimes, 339)
    TB28988  $375.00


  • Click on Image to expandPeattie, Donald Culross:  Audubon's America The Narrative And Experiences of John James Audubon.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. First Edition, First printing. Fine in heavy light blue buckram covered boards with silver on red title blocks on the spine and on the front board and with map end sheets. A quarto measuring 11 1/2" by 7 1/2". In a very near fine unclipped dust jacket with minor rubbing to the ends of the spine area and to two places on the folds to the spine and with two short closed tears to the upper edge of the front panel. (329) pages including an index and illustrated with 17 facsimile, full color plates of Audubon's paintings of wildlife. The map end sheets record Audubon's extensive travels through North America from 1803 to 1849.
    TB24576  $85.00


  • Click on Image to expandPeterson and Virginia Marie Peterson, Roger Tory:  The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio Audubon's Birds of America.  Norwalk, Conn.: The Easton Press, (1990). Limited Edition. Near fine in full dark green leather covered boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text and gilt decorations in the compartments and with an embossed gilt sketch of two owls on the front board. The end sheets are heavy, dark green paper and there is a ivory colored silk placement ribbon sewn in at the head of the spine. A thick folio measuring 15" high by 11 3/4" deep. The lower fore corner is bumped, there is a blank owner's plate on the first free end page (ready to take the name of the next owner) and there are faint spots of foxing to several of the color plates. Unpaginated containing 435 full color plates by John Adubon followed by a Concordance which relates the plate numbers contained in this volume with the plate numbers as they originally appeared in the double-elephant folio edition. The Concordance is followed by five pages of index of bird names. Due to the size and weight of this volume we are unable to honor our standard shipping costs. Please contact Town's End Books to obtain a quote to ship this book based on your location. A stunningly beautiful volume in superb condition.
    TB22961  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandPeterson and Virginia Marie Peterson (editors), Roger Tory:  Audubon's Birds of America The National Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio.  New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1990 (1981). Third Printing of the Revised Edition. Fine in whit linen covered boards with black text and borders on the spine. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. Both the book and its dust jacket are contained within a fine illustrated, paper covered slip case. A folio measuring 15" by 11 1/2". Unpaginated. Illustrated with 435 beautiful, full color plates followed by concordance index between this edition and Audubon's original edition, and a general index of bird names. Each plate is "captioned with each bird's currently accepted vernacular name, followed by Audubon's identification...." (from the preface). The plates are organized according to modern scientific classification rather than in the way Audubon originally organized the plates; hence, the need for the concordance index. The book contains a comprehensive survey by Peterson of the American bird artists who preceded Audubon and the many who followed him which includes numerous color examples of their art. A stunningly beautiful volume in pristine condition! With packing and shipping materials this volume will weigh in excess of 18 pounds therefore extra shipping charges will have to be applied. Please contact Town's End Books to determine the shipping cost in advance of ordering.
    TB24872  $225.00


  • Click on Image to expandRiviere With the Staff of L. L. Bean, Bill:  The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors.  New York: Random House, 1981. First Edition, First printing. Fine in decorated black cloth covered boards with red text stamping on the spine and a red embossed open boot on the front board and illustrated end sheets. A small quarto measuring 11 1/8 by 7 3/8 inches. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 299 pages including an index. Illustrated with black and white line drawings throughout.
    TB06057  $10.00


  • Click on Image to expandRowlands, John:  Cache Lake Country Life In The North Woods.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company Inc., (1947). First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a gilt seal on the front board with map end sheets. A small quarto measuring 9 1./4 by 6 inches with rubbing and light wear to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and minor bumping to the tips of the boards. Without its issued dust jacket. 272 pages including an index for the images of woodcraft. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and throughout with line art in the margins and woodcut plate engravings by Henry B. Kane.
    TB28900  $35.00


  • Click on Image to expandRusho, W. L.:  Everett Ruess A Vagamond For Beauty.  Salt Lake City: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., 1983. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in pink paper covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine and with the same on the front board. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2". In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with a 3/4" closed tear to the lower edge of the rear panel. With an introduction by John Nichols and an afterword by Edward Abbey. 228 pages including an index, chronology, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with black and white photographs. The mystery of Everett Ruess' complete disappearance remains. He was an artist, poet and yearned for outdoor adventure. He was last seen in November of 1934 in Utah near where the Excalante and Colorado Rivers meet.
    TB27520  $75.00


  • Click on Image to expandSamuels, Edward:  Ornithology And Oology Of New England.  Boston: Nichols and Noyes, 1867. First Edition, First printing. Very good- in the publisher's original red-brown cloth covered boards with beveled edges, gilt text on the spine, a gilt embossed bird over a nest on the front board with clay end sheets. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 5 3/4" with a crease to the lower outside corner of the front board and with the cloth at the head and the heel of the spine worn and beginning to fray at the heel. There are a number of early prior owner's names and locations written on the front end pages. One plate was loose which has been professionally reinserted. Nonetheless, the fore edge of that plate became worn during its "free period". 583 pages including an index Illustrated with drawings in the text and with lithographic plates, those of which illustrate eggs are in color. Many of the plates show some spots of foxing. The full title reads: Ornithology And Oology Of New England: containing Full Descriptions of the Birds Of New England, and Adjoining states and Provinces, Arranged By a Long-Approved Classification and Nomenclature; together with a complete History of Their Habits, Times of Arrival and Departure, Their Distribution, Food, Song, Time of Breeding, and A Careful and Accurate Description of Their nests and Eggs; with Illustrations of many Species of the Birds, and accurate figures of their Eggs.
    TB24226  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandSerrao, John:  The Wild Palisades of the Hudson.  Westwood, NJ: Lind Publications, 1986. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with silver colored text on the spine. A quarto measuring 11" by 8 1/4". In a very good+ unclipped dust jacket with a 1/3" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel, modest rubbing and wear to the upper edge of the spine area and with the same to the upper fore corners of the panels at the folds to the flaps. Inscribed, signed and dated by the author on the first free end page. (169) pages including an index, appendix, bibliography and text. Illustrated throughout with line drawing maps for numerous trails, black and white photographs and a large section of color photographs.
    TB24970  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandSeton Thompson, Ernest:  The Trail of the Sandhill Stag.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in the publisher's original light green cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with a gilt on green title block on the front board and with light green end sheets with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small octavo measuring 7 3/4" by 5 3/4" with the edges of the boards flexible boards tilted inward and with very light soiling to the front board. Without a dust jacket as existent copies are seldom seen. 93 pages of text illustrated with a color frontispiece and 60 drawings by the author/artist 7 of which are full page plates. There are no markings, gift inscriptions or book plates within this copy. The hinges and joints are tight and strong with all pages tight. Uncommon in such nice condition.
    TB24758  $40.00


  • Click on Image to expandSibley, David Allen:  The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2004). Second Edition, First Printing. Fine in stiff, heavy printed paper wraps over an adhesive binding. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6" with a tiny ding to the lower edge of the front cover. Without a dust jacket as issued. Signed by the author on the title page. 599 pages including a "quick index" and a more extensive, detailed index. Illustrated throughout with nearly 7,000 water color paintings. This is the "completely revised edition of Sable's landmark guide with more than 600 new painting and 111 rare species added...."
    TB27217  $80.00


  • Click on Image to expandTeale, Edwin:  A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm.  New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1974. First Edtion, First Printing. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. In a near fine, price clipped dust jacket with minor wear at top of spine area and a 1/4" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel. 306 pages including an index. A delightful read reminiscent of Thoreau's Walden. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and four sections of 42 black and white photographs. A tight, clean and highly collectible copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29332  $35.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Walden; Or, Life In The Woods.  Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1854. First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in its original vertically ribbed, brown cloth with blind embossing on both boards and blind embossed bands on the spine which is also decorated with gilt lettering. A 12mo of 7 1/16 by 4 3/8 inches with several closed tears to the head and heel of the spine which have been professionally repaired on the reverse side of the headcap. There are two, small black ink marks on the upper corner of the front board and there is an early prior owner's name, date of "Sept. 21st 1855" and location of Worcester (Massachusetts) on the first free end page. Pages 263 through 350 have a light dampness stain in the upper margins none of which impact on the printing. The cloth at the lower tips of the boards is worn through. The joints and hinges are tight and strong and there are no pages loose or ragged. Vary pale yellow end sheets with 357 numbered pages of text followed by eight pages of publisher's ads dated May, 1854 sewn between the rear end sheet. The book is contained within a fine, cloth covered slip case of a color in harmony with the cloth covers of the book. Illustrated with an engraving on the title page and Thoreau's map of Walden Pond facing page 307. This classic of American literature only saw 2,000 first edition copies printed. (BAL, 20106; Borst, A2.1.a)
    TB29350  $9500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers.  Boston and Cambridge: James Munroe And Company, 1849. First Edition, First and only Printing. Very good- in its original, light brown, wavy cloth covered boards blind stamped with a five-rule border on both boards. This copy has been professionally rebacked preserving the majority of the original spine strip and retaining the original end sheets. A small octavo of 7 13/16 by 4 3/4 inches with the cloth worn through at the fore edges of the boards and in sections along the upper and lower edges of the boards. The front hinge is starting and there are occasional marginal pencil marks in the text. Heavy erasures of the front and rear most end sheets have also caused two small holes in those pages. There is a minor tanning to the interior of the facing pages 112 and 113 perhaps from two small leaves having been pressed within the book. Lastly, the page announcing the imminent publication of Walden is missing a 1 1/2 inch chip from its upper fore corner. That chip has no impact on the printed text on that page. 413 pages of text followed by a one page announcement stating Walden "will soon be published". It is important to note that due to a printer's error the last three lines of page 396 are missing. Those lines have been written out in pencil perhaps by the author or the author's sister as indicated in both BAL and Borst. The printer's errors on page 120 and 139 have not been either noted or corrected. This was Thoreau's first book, which he had to pay for to get published. Unfortunately, it did not sell well. From bibliographic sources, we infer that this copy is most likely one of the 256 bound, unsold copies returned to Thoreau in October 1853 by the publisher. In 1862 Ticknor and Fields purchased 145 bound copies and the 450 unbound sheets from Thoreau. During the intervening years Thoreau either gave away or sold 111 of the bound copies. In that time Thoreau discovered the missing lines on page 396. In some of those bound copies either Thoreau or his sister, Sophia Thoreau, and an unknown third individual added the missing lines on the lower portion of that page in pencil. Expert opinion indicates that this handwriting is not that of either Thoreau or his sister. (BAL 20104; Borst A1.1.a1; Howes T-220)
    TB29389  $9500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  A Yankee In Canada With Anti-Slavery And Reform Papers.  Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1866. First Edition. Very near fine with an expertly rebacked spine with the original back strip laid-down with all of the original gilt text. The boards are covered with the original, wavy brown cloth with blind embossed borders and blind stamped wreath on both boards. This is the "A" binding as defined by BAL. A 12mo of 7 by 4 1/2 inches with the front and rear hinges professionally reinforced with Japanese tissue and preserving the original end sheets. The contents are clean and bright with no staining, foxing or tanning and with no prior ownership markings of any kind. Housed in a fine black paper covered slip case. The first 78 pages are devoted to A Yankee In Canada. That text if followed by 286 pages of text cover Thoreau's essays on Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers. One of only 1,546 copies printed. (BAL, 20116; Borst, A.7.1a)
    TB29396  $1150.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  Autumn: From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Comapny, 1892. First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in the publisher's green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine, a gilt stamped facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black end papers with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches with just a hint of rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and with the title page tanned as a newspaper clipping had been left over it for too long. The contents are clean, neat and without any tanning or foxing. This was the last of the four "seasons" to be published. Only 1,020 copies of the first edition were printed. This title was the last of Thoreau's four "seasons" to be published from his journal after his death. An extremely handsome, clean and tight copy with no weakness to the hinges or joints and no damage to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. 470 pages including an index. (BAL 20130; Borst A11.1.a)
    TB29388  $550.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Winter: From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888 (c1887). First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in its original green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and a gilt embossed facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black coated end papers. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine iss lightly rubbed as is the cloth at the upper and lower tips of the boards. Page 207/208 has a hole at the spine edge of the text about 1/2 way down the page of approximately 3/8" in diameter. On the front paste down is a very handsome, one inch square, black leather book plate of Burton Currie. The hinges and joints are tight and strong and the contents are free of any tanning or foxing. Edited by H. G. O. Blake. 439 pages including an index followed by a 14 page advertisement from Houghton Mifflin. This was the third of Thoreau's "four seasons" which followed Early Spring and Summer. Published records indicate that only 1,550 copies of the first printing of this title were produced making this a very uncommon title in highly collectable condition. (BAL, 20129; Borst, A.10.1a)
    TB29387  $500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  The Maine Woods.  Boston: Tickner And Fields, 1864. First Edition. Very good in dark green patterned cloth (zigzag) covered boards with decorative blind stamping on the boards. The spine has been rebacked in a similar colored cloth to the cloth on the boards and there is a gilt stamped title label on a gray background. A 12mo measuring 7 1/8" by 4 3/8" with coated brown end sheets. The cloth on the boards worn through at the tips of the boards and in parts of the fore edges with two different prior owner's names written in pencil on the first and second free end pages. There is also a dampness stain at the upper corners of the margins of the second free end page, the third free end page and the title page. There is also an unusual stain to the margins of page 86 and 87. 328 pages including the appendix which is followed by 23 pages of ads by the publisher which are dated "June, 1864" the last page of which is an ad for The Atlantic Monthly, Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics. The page facing the title page shows a list of Thoreau's books published by Ticknor And Fields with the sizes and prices of each book listed. One of only 1,650 copies of the first edition printed. (BAL, 20113; Borst, A4.1.a; Allen, p17)
    TB28117  $300.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  Cape Cod.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1896. First Edition. Both volumes in this two volume set are in very near fine condition in decorated olive cloth covered boards with gilt decorations and text stamping on the spines and on the front boards and with the top edges of the text blocks in gilt. The hinges and joints for both volumes are tight and strong, the pages are neat and clean and there are no names, dates, or gift inscriptions. The cloth on the spines is very slightly faded to a warm light tan color which is very typical. The front end sheet for volume I has some unusual offsetting perhaps due to something which had been laid-in at one time. This is the illustrated edition of Thoreau's classic work with wonderful, small color drawings by Amelia M.Watson in the margins scattered throughout the text of both volumes. The covers of these two volumes represent a fine example of the decorative book cover work performed by Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904). Overall, a very handsome and collectable set of one of Thoreau's most enjoyable works. (BAL 20192; Borst, A5.3)
    TB29099  $250.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Summer: From The Journal Of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin And Company, 1884. First Edition. Very good in its original dark green cloth covered, beveled boards with gilt text on the spine and a facsimile of the author's signature in gilt on the front board. A small octavo of 7 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches with the cloth at the heel of the spine worn down to the lower edge of the text block, rubbing and light wear to the cloth at the head of the spine, with an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and the rear hinge is starting. Without a dust jacket. A selection from Thoreau's Journal edited by H. G. O. Blake. 382 pages including an index followed by sixteen pages of ads from the publisher. Illustrated with a two-page map of Concord, Mass. as of 1852 placed before the title page. The fold-out, frontispiece map is in fine condition. The publisher's records indicate that only 1,260 copies (1,250 per Borst) of the first printing were produced. (BAL 20127; Borst A9.1.a and Allen p.26)
    TB29384  $250.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  Early Spring In Massachusetts From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, c1881. Early Reprint. Very good in its original green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine, a gilt stamped facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black end papers with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2" by 5" with two short closed tears to the cloth at the heel of the spine, light rubbing and wear to the cloth at the head of the spine and with an early prior owner's name and date on the second free end page. The contents are exceptionally clean and bright with no signs of tanning or foxing. There are several, minor marginal notes in pencil on pages 42, 194 and 310. This was the first of the four "seasons" to be published. Only 1,024 copies of the first edition were printed. A collectible, clean and tight copy with no weakness to the hinges or joints. Extremely scarce in first edition. 318 pages of text. (BAL 20123; Borst, A8.1.a)
    TB29385  $180.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  Wild Fruits Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. First Trade Paperback Edition. Fine in heavy, paper, printed wraps with light soiling to the front panel. An octavo (trade paperback) measuring 9" by 7". Without a dust jacket as issued. 411 pages including an index, a list of works cited, editor's notes, a glossary of botanical terms, a Thoreau chronology, text and illustrated with line drawings thoughout and with a two-page map following the index.
    TB26168  $15.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesVan Dyke, Henry:  Camp-Fires And Guide-Posts A Book Of Essays And Excursions.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921. First Edition. Near fine in decorated blue cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spine. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2" by 4 7/8" with a bump to the upper fore corner of the front board and the presence of a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down behind the dust jacket flap. In a very good, unclipped and very scarce, dust jacket with shallow (1/8") deep chipping across the upper edge of the spine area and small nicks to the fore corners of the panels. The cover art to the front board is by Margaret Armstrong. This highly decorative floral work is not initialed by her as was so often her habit. 319 pages illustrated with a frontispiece and six other photographic plates.
    TB27501  $175.00




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