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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Faune & Flore Exotiques dans l'Art Paris Le Louvre des Antiquaires: 1983. The catalog to an exhibition of 19th and 20th century sculptures of exotic animals and several prints of exotic fauna. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 17 pages, black & white illustrations. Covers worn, creased, some soil.

Inventory #: 34596
Price: $ 25.00       




Natural History & Travel. Old & Rare Books offered for sale at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 16-19, 1998. Amsterdam Antiquariaat Junk: 1998. A bookseller's catalog. Softcover. 8"x11.5", 18 pages, b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 9966
Price: $ 15.00       




Brown, H.P. Trees of Northeastern United States. Native and Naturalized. Boston The Christopher Publishing House: 1938. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 490 pages, line illustrations. Worn and soiled.

Inventory #: 35257
Price: $ 20.00       




Browne, D.J. The American Bird Fancier considered with reference to the breeding, rearing, feeding, management, and peculiarities of Cage and House Birds with remarks on their Diseases and Remedies drawn from authentic sources and personal observation. New York C.M. Saxton: 1850. An early American Victorian bird-keeping guide, with notes about not only the type of birds we keep today, such as pigeons, canaries, quail, finches and doves, but wild birds such as bobolinks, blackbirds, catbirds, mockingbirds, robins, thrashers and thrushes. The illustrations include not only birds but also several cages and an outdoor aviary. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", 107 pages, plus a 10-page catalog of the publisher's other books. Illustrated with wood engravings. Publisher's stamped cloth with a gilt vignette. Covers with some slight soil and wear, endpapers lightly spotted, a few internal spots.

Inventory #: 32994
Price: $ 125.00       




Cuthbertson, Stuart & John C. Ewers. A Preliminary Bibliography on the American Fur Trade. Mansfield Centre Martino Publishing: 2002. "A facsimile of the 1939 edition published by the National Park Service, one of the few book-length efforts to treat the subject. The Fur Trade flourished for about 250 years after the arrival of the Europeans, a time which can be roughly divided into three sections, the "French Era" from 1600 to 1760, the "British Era" from 1760 to 1816, and the "American Era" from 1816 to 1850. By 1850 it all had mostly come to an end. This bibliography includes 2000 items and was originally published in mimeograph sheets for distribution to institutions and interested parties. Hardcover. 7"x9", 191 pages. New.

Inventory #: 90240
Price: $ 65.00       




Dance, Peter. Animal Fakes & Frauds. Berkshire Sampson Low, Berkshire House: 1976. A fascinating study of fake and fraudulent animals (made for fun, fame or fantastic profit) from ancient times through the 19th century, including illustrations of actual specimens, some from period books, some still existing. "The world of dragons, mermaids and sea serpents the Piltdown Man and other fakes in human form... yetis, vegetable lambs, snouters, winged cats, fur-bearing trout, and many more". Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, tips bumped.

Inventory #: 5998
Price: $ 85.00       




Dolez, Albane. Glass Animals. 3,500 Years of Artistry and Design. New York Harry N. Abrams: 1988. A color-filled celebration of animals in art and figural glass, from ancient times to the 1970s. Packed with color illustrations of animals in figurine, perfume bottles, bowls, vases, tiles, windows, paperweights, beakers, lamps, and more! Hardcover. 9"x12", 224 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35491
Price: $ 35.00       




Douglass, Arthur. Ostrich Farming in South Africa. London, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.: 1881. "An account of its origin and rise, how to set about it, the profits to be derived, how to manage the birds, the capital required, the diseases and difficulties to be met with, etc." The author was an ostrich farmer, and recounts many interesting first-hand anecdotes. Hardcover. 5"x7.25", viii + 251 pages, plus a folding colored map, 1 folding plate, and 3 double-page and 6 single-page b/w plates. Rebound in full modern green leather with raised bands and gilt spine lettering. Covers fine, contents with some minor spots, a few minor marginal stains.

Inventory #: 32044
Price: $ 250.00       




Elman, Robert. The Living World of Audubon Mammals. New York A Ridge Press Book/Grosset & Dunlap: 1976. A beautiful survey of American mammals, illustrated with 62 colored plates from Audubon's "Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America", complimented with contemporary color photos and commentary. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 272 pages, color illustrations, dj light wear, last few pages with some wrinkles.

Inventory #: 3762
Price: $ 20.00       




Garisto, Leslie. From Bauhaus to Birdhouse. HarperCollins: 1992. "A witty, inspirational and informative guide to applied birdhouse design. Here are rustic birdhouses of birch and cedar, architectural birdhouses as humble as a country cottage and as grand as a Bavarian castle, fanciful birdhouses resembling fast-food restaurants and animal figures...". Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 87 pages, color and line illustrations, dust jacket. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34348
Price: $ 20.00       




Hall, Libby. Prince and Other Dogs, 1850-1940. New York Bloomsbury: 2000. The author, a photographer herself, began collecting vintage photographs featuring dogs in the 1960s, and selected 127 of the thousand or more in her collection for this charming and entertaining book. The dogs are their owners, except for "Prince", are anonymous, and the reader is left to fill in the stories of these pooches and their owners, of every possible type, in every possible setting. Fascinating. Hall later published a "Book 2" of dog photos which is readily acquired but this first volume is uncommon. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", 123 pages, black & white illustrations. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 35309
Price: $ 40.00       




[Jeanson] The Collection of Marcel Jeanson, Part III. French Ornithological Watercolours of the 17th-19th Centuries. London Sotheby's: 13 December, 1996. The catalog of an auction devoted to 17th-19th century French ornithological watercolours. Softcover. 8"x11", about 60 pages, 179 lots, color illustrations. Institutional stamp on front cover and title pages, else a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31677
Price: $ 55.00       




Laufer, Berthold. Ostrich Egg-shell Cups of Mesopotamia and the Ostrich in Ancient and Modern Times. Chicago Field Museum of Natural History: 1926. Anthropology Leaflet 23. This booklet covers not only Mesopotamian egg cups, but the hunting and use of ostriches, and ostriches in the art and culture, of ancient Rome, Palestine, Arabia, Egypt, Africa & China, and the contemporary farming of ostriches in Africa and America. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 51 pages, 10 line illustrations and 9 full-page b/w plates. Light cover soil, several small closed rips and a small chip on the cover.

Inventory #: 32231
Price: $ 20.00       




Lefevre, Edmond. Le Commerce et l'Industrie de la Plume pour Parure. Paris chez l'Auteur: 1914. My how those Art Nouveau-era ladies loved their feather-plumed hats! And it did not start with Fin-de-Siecle Paris, either. Men and women have always loved colorful bird plumage, as this comprehensive study illustrates. It includes both a history of the decorative use of feathers in fashion, and a survey of the state of the industry around the world as it existed just before World War One, with information on leading firms, the birds that were used, and their products. Lefevre was the President of the Comite d'Ornithologie Economique. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 363 + pages, b/w illustrations bibliography. Original softcovers, light soil and wear a very, very fragile book, printed on heavy, coated stock and not meant to have been kept in softcovers this long. Binding splitting in a few places but intact so far.

Inventory #: 8598
Price: $ 375.00       




[Martin] The Library of H. Bradley Martin -Part V. Highly Important Illustrated and Scientific Ornithology. New York Sotheby's: December 12-13, 1989. The fifth catalog in what was eventually an 8-catalog series which chronicled the sale of this renowned private collection. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 250 pages, 655 lots, color and b/w illustrations light abrasion along the top of the spine, else a very nice, clean, tight copy.

Inventory #: 9398
Price: $ 50.00       




McBride, David P. The Federal Duck Stamps. A Complete Guide. Winchester Press: 1984. A complete guide to American Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, "duck stamps". The book includes a history of the program, illustrations and information on all the stamps, notes on the contests, artists, and much more. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 206 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket rubbed.

Inventory #: 35640
Price: $ 25.00       




Merriam, C. Hart. The King Cameos of Audubon. An offprint from 'The Auk', October, 1908. A short essay on two intaglios of John James Audubon carved by John C. King, a Scottish artist living in Boston. Audubon sat for one of the cameos in 1844, and the other was made within a year or two of that. The author was able to correspond with the son of a friend of the artist who related a story about the sitting, and Audubon's daughter who gives her opinion that, although the nose is wrong, otherwise the cameos were "a notable and attractive likeness". Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 3 pages of text plus a black & white plate illustrating 2 cameos. Light soil.

Inventory #: 35561
Price: $ 20.00       




Muir, John. My First Summer in the Sierra. San Francisco Sierra Club Books: 1989. A reproduction of the 1988 Yolla Bolly Press edition, with striking wood engravings by Michael McCurdy, which complement Muir's original text. Hardcover. 9.5"x13", 162 pages, b/w plates, dj a fine copy in a very good jacket, the jacket with fading on the spine and along two sides of the front cover.

Inventory #: 2347
Price: $ 40.00       




Peterson, Roger Tory. Penguins. Boston Houghton Mifflin Company: 1979. 1st Edition, 2nd Printing. There are 17 different species of penguins, and they don't all live in cold climates! If you love penguins you will love this beautifully illustrated, interesting study by the Dean of American bird writers and illustrators. Peterson's four photographic essays and 137 lively drawings bring these enchanting, intriguing birds to life as never before! Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 238 pages, color and b/w photos and drawings by Peterson dj. Some very light soil, endpaper corner clipped.

Inventory #: 00533
Price: $ 30.00       




Pyle, Robert Michael. The Thunder Tree. Lessons from an Urban Wildland. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 1993. When Robert Pyle discovered Highline Canal, Colorado as a boy in the 1950s, it was an urban wasteland, an "accidental wilderness on the edge of a growing city. As he grew up the canal became his sanctuary, his teacher, the place where he developed a passion for the natural world". Hardcover. 5.75"x8.5", 220 pages, dj a fine copy.

Inventory #: 2446
Price: $ 20.00       




Rice, Dennis G. Cats in English Porcelain of the 19th Century. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2002. Porcelain cats are rarer than porcelain dogs -well, isn't that just like a cat? Books on porcelain cats are also hard to come by -luckily, here is one. Beautifully composed, like an elegant Persian, and full of information not easily come-by, like a tight-lipped Siamese, this book is anything but stand-offish. And allergies won't be a problem either. Comes with its own scratching post. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 99 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. New.

Inventory #: 90162
Price: $ 29.50       




Rice, Dennis G. Dogs in English Porcelain of the 19th Century. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2002. "This is the first book to be published devoted exclusively to porcelain dogs produced in England during the 19th century. It considers the individual breeds represented in the medium, from greyhounds to dachshunds, and discusses at length the history and output of the porcelain factories producing these collectible figures, together with remarks on significant features relating to materials, decorations and factory-by-factory details of all recorded models". Most of the major porcelain manufactories of the period included dogs in their output, and they are covered here, along with dogs from unidentified factories. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 185 pages, 228 color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95157
Price: $ 25.00       




Sapon, Daniel Steven. Illustration in Sixteenth Century Zoological Books: An Analysis of the Printed Pictorial Presentation of Scientific Data. Daniel Steven Sapon: 1974. A Master's Thesis submitted to the University of Toronto. Card covers, contained in a buckram binder 109 single-sided pages plus 10 plates binder with wear, thesis with a little light wear.

Inventory #: 9362
Price: $ 150.00       




Scott, Peter. Observations of Wildlife. Ithaca Cornell University Press: 1980. One of England's leading wildlife artists surveys his work in paintings, drawings and words. The son of famed and tragedy-prone Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, Peter Scott held his first art exhibition in 1933. Scott's main interest is waterfowl, but he gets a few whales and the Loch Ness Monster in as well. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 112 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35492
Price: $ 25.00       




Werner, Alfred and Josef Bijok edited by Norman Riley. Butterflies and Moths. New York Studio / The Viking Press: 1970. Revised edition. A beautifully illustrated survey, considered a classic in the field. This revised edition has more color plates than the original. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 138 pages, packed with color illustrations, dj light wear jacket torn.

Inventory #: 2922
Price: $ 30.00       



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