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Image for The Quantocks and Their Associations. A Paper Read Before the Members of the Bath Literary Club on the 11th December 1871. [Significant, inscribed association copy]

The Quantocks and Their Associations. A Paper Read Before the Members of the Bath Literary Club on the 11th December 1871. [Significant, inscribed association copy]

By: NICHOLS, WILLIAM LUKE

Price: $325.00

Publisher: Bath: Printed for Private Circulation: 1873

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: k190121l

Condition: Good


1st ed., 8vo, original decorated green cloth, gilt decorations and lettering. 41 [2] i-xxxiii. Tipped in photographic frontispiece of “Wordsworth’s Glen.” [See note below] A talk about the Quantock Hills area of southwest England, where Coleridge and Wordsworth wrote Lyrical Ballads, which Nichols writes about the landscape as well as some of the other "Quantock Poets," including Charles Lamb, Thomas Lovell Beddoes and Charles Lloyd. Gift inscription on FFEP “with the writer’s compliments” to Welsh mathematician, photographer, and painter Rev. Calvert R. Jones, [1804-1877]. We bel... View more info

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Pictures of California Floods 1955 - 1956 [portfolio]

By: California State Dept of Education

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Sacramento, California State Dept of Education: 1956

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k181231a


40 single plate black & white photographs (8 1/2" x 11"), printed on stiff paper and housed in publisher's printed portfolio folder; accompanied by three page "Teacher's Guide"). Plates are fine; folder has some wear and a few nicks but very good overall; title written in red ink on the spine. The photographs depict the famous CA flooding throughout the north state the week before Christmas --, principally Yuba City and the Feather River, but also other cities and counties -- including a few in the south state. ; a photographic archive of the mainly northern and central California flood even... View more info

Image for The Shepherd of Banbury's Rules To Judge of The Changes of The Weather Grounded on Forty Years Experiance: By Which You May Know The Weather For Several Days to Come and Some Cases Months. To Which is Added A Rational Account of The Causes of Such Alterations , The Nature of The Wind, Rain, and Snow etc

The Shepherd of Banbury's Rules To Judge of The Changes of The Weather Grounded on Forty Years Experiance: By Which You May Know The Weather For Several Days to Come and Some Cases Months. To Which is Added A Rational Account of The Causes of Such Alterations , The Nature of The Wind, Rain, and Snow etc

By: Claridge, (John)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Thomas Hurst: 1827

Edition: Later printing

Seller ID: k190220f

Condition: Fair-Good


London: Thomas Hurst, Edward Chance, & Co., 1827. 1827. Small 8vo. xi, 56 pp. Original ¼ leather over plain boards, gilt-stamped spine title. A “new edition” of a classic first printed in 1670 as “The Shepherd's Legacy”. , Observations and predictions about weather, with aphorisms, rhymes, and folk wisdom. CONDITION: Fair-Good. The text block is clean, with no tears and very little foxing or toning. Covers have moderate edgewear but substantial rubbing of the spine, front hinge split, rear hinge cracked; prior owners penciled names on front flyleaf. View more info

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The Aviator and the Weather Bureau

By: Ford A. Carpenter

Price: $55.00

Publisher: San Diego Chamber of Commerce: 1917

Edition: 2d ed.

Seller ID: k190121k


Second edition, 16mo, dark olive green boards. 1917. 54 pp. Limited to 5,000 copies. A brief general history of aviation in Southern California, a description of the War Department school of aviation at San Diego, and lessons on applied meteorology for aviators. Illustrated with charts and b/w photographs. This copy inscribed by the author on the front free end paper. CONDITION: Very good. Covers: light wear but rubbed at corners and top/bottom of spine. Text block is clean, tight, and bright. View more info

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Oomingmack: The Expedition to the Musk Ox Island in the Bering Sea

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, Hastings House: 1967

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s10022


Matthiessen was a member of the Nunivak Expedition formed to capture a group of musk ox calves to raise for their wool. Black and white photographs by the author. Book is flawless. Dustwrapper has a faded spine and faint sun line 1/4" wide along spine. View more info

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Oomingmak

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $55.00

Publisher: NY: Hastings House: 1967

Inscription: Signed by PM on title page

Seller ID: s1806222n


1st ed., 12mo, sienna cloth. An unusual small volume written for young adults, perhaps for use in schools; an account of an expedition to an island in the Bering Sea inhabited by musk oxen. Illustrated with Matthiessen's photographs. Fine, virtually pristine copy in fine d/w with some sunning at bottom of spine and small nick at top. Signed on title page. View more info

Rascal / A Memoir of a Better Era

By: North, Sterling

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: 1963

Seller ID: 121317


4th printing, with tipped-in typed presentation (TLS) signed by North in red pencil. Lower right corner bumped, otherwise a fine copy in fine dust jacket. Winner of the Dutton Animal Book Award for 1963. View more info

Image for Under the 1st ed. Wall. First State Review Copy with Publisher’s Errata Laid In. [Signed]

Under the 1st ed. Wall. First State Review Copy with Publisher’s Errata Laid In. [Signed]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $525.00

Publisher: NY: Viking, (1962). : 1962

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622f


1st ed., 8vo black cloth. His third book of nonfiction, recounting the Harvard-Peabody Expedition to New Guinea to study one of the last stone-age tribes on the planet, which had been entirely free from contact with Westerners or the artifacts of industrial society. The book exists in three states. This first printing was withdrawn by the publisher prior to publication because the inset pages of photographs were bound in the wrong place and contrary to the Table of Contents (against the wishes of Matthiessen who oversaw the design.) Some copies were sent to reviewers with a mimeographed erra... View more info

Image for Under the 1st ed. Wall. 1st issue, second state. [Signed]

Under the 1st ed. Wall. 1st issue, second state. [Signed]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $90.00

Publisher: NY: Viking: 1962

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180622g


1st ed., first issue, second state,. 8vo black cloth. His third book of nonfiction, recounting the Harvard-Peabody Expedition to New Guinea to study one of the last stone-age tribes on the planet, which had been entirely free from contact with Westerners or the artifacts of industrial society. The book exists in three states. This first printing was withdrawn by the publisher prior to publication because the inset pages of photographs were bound in the wrong place and contrary to the Table of Contents (against the wishes of Matthiessen who oversaw the design.) Some copies were sent to review... View more info

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A Whale in Spring

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $575.00

Publisher: University of Nevada: 1980

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: s180622z


11"x14", 4 pp. A brief reminiscence and lament about an observation of whales. One of 25 copies printed on an 1837 Columbina handpress by Jean Tarascio. A Fine, pristine copy, signed by Matthiessen. Accompanied by a copy of the Westigan Review of poetry [sic], Issue 12, 1978, where the prose piece first appeared. A near fine copy with just a bit of surface wear at corners and edges. Probably the scarcest item in the PM canon. View more info

Image for Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / 2 volume ed in slipcase / signed

Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / 2 volume ed in slipcase / signed

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $350.00

Publisher: (n.p.): Rock Foundation: 1986

Edition: 1st ed., limited special edition.

Seller ID: s180624c

Condition: Fine


A two-volume deluxe folio-sized edition in matching slipcase. The first volume containing all of the text by Matthiessen. The second volume contains all of the photographs. An identical two-volume edition, but in a clamshell case and an original print of one of the photographs was given out free to attendees of a $500-a-plate benefit dinner for the historical society attempting to preserve the record and legacy of the fishermen's lives. There were 500 numbered copies stated, although it is possible that fewer than 500 copies were actually given out. This particular set was offered for sale by ... View more info

Image for Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / Deluxe limited edition, 2 vols., signed

Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork / Deluxe limited edition, 2 vols., signed

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $850.00

Publisher: (n.p.): Rock Foundation: 1986

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s180624d

Condition: Fine.


The two-volume folio-sized edition; limited to 500 copies in clamshell case. The first volume containing all of the text by Matthiessen. The second volume contains all of the photographs. With the second volume is also an original print of one of the book's photographs laid into a folding chemise and signed by the photographer Lynn Johnson. Never formally offered for sale, copies of this edition were given out free to attendees of a $500-a-plate benefit dinner for the historical society attempting to preserve the record and legacy of the fishermen's lives. One of a stated 500 numbered copies, ... View more info

Image for Baikal - Sacred Sea Of Siberia [signed copy]

Baikal - Sacred Sea Of Siberia [signed copy]

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $50.00

Publisher: San Francisco: Sierra Club Books: 1992

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Signed.

Seller ID: s180624e

Condition: Fine.


1st ed., oblong 8vo, black cloth. Narrative of a journey to Lake Baikal in Siberia with musician-composer Paul Winter. Baikal is the world's oldest and deepest lake, containing one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Photographs by Boyd Norton; foreword by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Fine in d/w. Signed on title page. View more info

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The Great Auk Escape

By: Peter Matthiessen

Price: $250.00

Publisher: London: Angus & Robertson: 1974

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: s190606a


First UK edition of his only children’s book "The Seal Pool", retitled and with a new cover illustration. Original laminated pictorial boards. No d/w, as issued. A Fine, nearly pristine copy. No scratches or surface wear. Signed on title page; signed copies are uncommon. View more info

The Wonders of Trees, Plants, and Shrubs recoded in Anecdotes, or a Description of their Wonderful Properties, and at the Same Time, Manifesting Infinite Wistom.

By: Taylor, Joseph

Price: $125.00

Publisher: London, William Darton: 1823

Seller ID: 31802


1st ed., 12 mo, hardcover; 200 pp. An description of some of the world's more unusual trees with anecdotes attesting to their significance to their native cultures. With six very nice copper engravings that were not in the first edition of 1812. A disbound copy, but with covers present but heavily worn. Interior is very clean with no tears and very little foxing. Two contemporary inked signatures inside cover and ffep. Pasted inside the front cover is a publisher's notice to "apprise the public, that every copy of this work is more or less damaged by the paper becoming stained; but having,o... View more info

Image for Thirty Plates Illustrative of Natural Phenomena, Etc. with a short description annexed to each plate.

Thirty Plates Illustrative of Natural Phenomena, Etc. with a short description annexed to each plate.

By: WHYMPER, Josiah Wood

Price: $400.00

Publisher: London: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: 1849

Seller ID: k190220e

Condition: Fair


1st ed. thus, 4to., (13 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches). 30 hand-colored engraved plates. Original publisher's brown cloth, blind decorations, gilt titles. Whymper was an English wood engraver, book illustrator and watercolor painter who specialized in riverscapes. He was also well known for his fine engravings of animals, fish, and landscapes for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (as here). The plates were first published in 1846 and this collected edition in 1849. They were offered both colored and uncolored versions. Scenes depicted include the Aurora Borealis, Geysers of Iceland, Niagra F... View more info