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THE BROOK BOOK: A First Acquaintance with the Brook and Its Inhabitants Through the Changing Year
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THE BROOK BOOK: A First Acquaintance with the Brook and Its Inhabitants Through the Changing Year

by Miller, Mary Rogers

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Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Signed by the author on the title page. The first of two books written by Mary Farrand Rogers Miller (1868-1971), the American writer, naturalist, and educator. A graduate of Cornell University, she was married to noted landscape architect Wilhelm Tyler Miller, with whom she moved to Los Angeles in 1920. Later in life, after experience hearing loss, Miller became active in deaf education and advocacy. Octavo: 241 p. with 16 half-tones and numerous line engravings. Original green cloth binding, with a half-tone inset on the front panel and dark green titles. Just the faintest hint of foxing to a few prefatory leaves; else very good or better.
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BY A THOUSAND FIRES: Nature Notes and Extracts from the Life and Unpublished Journals of Ernest...
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BY A THOUSAND FIRES: Nature Notes and Extracts from the Life and Unpublished Journals of Ernest Thompson Seton

by Seton, Julia M.

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Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1967. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Frontispiece photograph, with illustrations by Ernest Thompson Seton. Collection of previously unpublished notes, essays, diary entries, poems, and articles by Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), compiled by his second wife Julia, that serves as a sort of informal biography of the beloved writer and illustrator best known for his popular books of animal stories. Seton was also a prominent naturalist in his time and, as one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, wrote the first Scout Manual. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Julia M. Seton on the half-title. A crisp, near fine copy in a lightly edgeworn dust jacket. Inscribed by Author.
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CALIFORNIA DESERT MIRACLE: The Fight for Desert Parks and Wilderness
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CALIFORNIA DESERT MIRACLE: The Fight for Desert Parks and Wilderness

by Wheat, Frank

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San Diego, California: Sunbelt Publications, 1999. First edition. Soft cover. Fine. 337 p. Foreword by Edgar Wayburn, M.D., Honorary President, Sierra Club. Textual photographs, illustrations, and maps, including the color folding map at the rear. Presentation copy, inscribed by Wheat to distinguished Southern California historian Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. on the half-title. Original glossy paper wrappers. A fine copy. Inscribed by Author.
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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF NATURAL SELECTION: A Series of Essays

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF NATURAL SELECTION: A Series of Essays

by Wallace, Alfred Russel

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London: Macmillan and Co, 1875. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) is regarded as the co-discoverer with Darwin of the theory of evolution. It was an essay which Wallace sent in 1858 to Darwin (to whom he had dedicated his most famous book, The Malay Archipelago) which impelled Darwin to publish an article on his own long-pondered theory simultaneously with that of Wallace. As a travelling naturalist and collector in the Far East and South America, Wallace already inclined towards the Lamarckian theory of transmutation of species, and his own researches convinced him of the reality of evolution. On the publication of On the Origin of Species, Wallace became one of its most prominent advocates. This second, corrected, edition of a series of essays published in book form in 1870, shows the development of his thinking about evolution, and emphasises his admiration for, and support of, Darwin's work. Octavo: xvi, 384, [32, ads] p. Original green cloth binding, with… Read More
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THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS: Edited by Francis Darwin

THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS: Edited by Francis Darwin

by Darwin, Charles

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London: John Murray, 1890. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very good. The author's third major work of evolutionary theory, following On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871). Initially intended as a chapter in The Descent of Man, The Expression grew in length and was published separately in 1872. This book concerns the biological aspects of emotional behavior, and Darwin explores the animal origins of such human characteristics as the lifting of the eyebrows in moments of surprise and the raising of the upper lip in an aggressive sneer. Octavo: viii, 394 p. with 7 plates and 21 textual illustrations. Original green cloth binding, with gilt titles and blind-stamped borders. Light foxing to the prefatory and concluding pages, with a period previous owner's ink signature and date to a preliminary blank leaf. Though the front hinge is cracked, the binding is quite sound. The spine is darkened just a touch, with some rubbing along the extremities; else very good.
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THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS

THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS

by Darwin, Charles, M.A., F.R.S., &c

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London: John Murray, 1872. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First edition, second issue with the "htat" misprint on the first line of page 208. The author's third major work of evolutionary theory, following On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871). Initially intended as a chapter in The Descent of Man, The Expression grew in length and was published separately in 1872. This book concerns the biological aspects of emotional behavior, and Darwin explores the animal origins of such human characteristics as the lifting of the eyebrows in moments of surprise and the raising of the upper lip in an aggressive sneer. Octavo: vi, 374 p. with 7 heliotype plates (3 folding), 21 textual figures, and 4 p. publisher's ads. Original green cloth binding, with gilt stamping, blind-stamped borders, and black endpapers. Some marginal creasing (not affecting the images) and minor foxing to the folding plates. Period previous owner's pencil signature to the top of the title page. The hinges are… Read More
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JOHN MUIR: A Naturalist in Southern California
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JOHN MUIR: A Naturalist in Southern California

by Pomeroy, Elizabeth

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Pasadena, California: Many Moons Press, 2001. Trade paperback. Very good. This copy is inscribed by Pomeroy on the title page, with a holographic note from her laid in. 148 p. with textual photographs. Octavo. Original paper wrappers, with the prospectus laid in. Mild dust staining to the bottom edge, with some light sun fading along the spine; otherwise very good.
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LETTERS TO A FRIEND, Written to Mrs. Ezra S. Carr, 1866-1879

LETTERS TO A FRIEND, Written to Mrs. Ezra S. Carr, 1866-1879

by Muir, John

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Dunwoody, Georgia: Norman S. Berg, Publisher, 1973. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Limited to 500 copies. "When John Muir was a student in the University of Wisconsin he was a frequent caller at the house of Dr. Ezra S. Carr. The kindness shown him there, and especially the sympathy which Mrs. Carr, as a botanist and a lover of nature, felt in the young man's interests and aims, led to the formation of a lasting friendship. He regarded Mrs. Carr, indeed, as his 'spiritual mother,' and his letters to her in later years are the outpourings of a sensitive spirit to one who he felt thoroughly understood and sympathized with him. These letters are therefore peculiarly revealing of their writer's personality. Most of them were written from the Yosemite Valley, and they give a good notion of the life Muir led there, sheep-herding, guiding, and tending a sawmill at intervals to earn his daily bread, but devoting his real self to an ardent scientific study of glacial geology and a joyous and reverent communion with… Read More
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MAMMALS OF THE WORLD

MAMMALS OF THE WORLD

by Walker, Ernest P., et al.

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Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Compiled over the course of 31 years, this is as detailed and authoritative a zoological taxonomy as you can find, with the animals divided by genus, and profiled by size, weight, common and latin names, range, unique physical and biological attributes, and behavioral traits. Profusely illustrated. Quarto, two volumes. Black marker over previous owner's address on the front flyleaf in both volumes; otherwise a very good set, housed in the publisher's slipcase.
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THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
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THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA

by Muir, John

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New York: The Century Co, 1907. Hardcover. Very good. Presentation copy, inscribed by John Muir to Alice Spencer Jones on the front flyleaf. Jones (1868-1938) was the niece of hardware millionaire John Daggett Hooker, a friend and patron of Muir's in his later years. Most of his best writing from the period around 1910 was accomplished in the garret of Hooker's home on West Adams Street in Los Angeles. It was during this time that Muir struck up a friendship with Alice Spencer Jones, who he referred to as "Hark-the-Lark". Letters from Jones to Muir are included in the John Muir Papers at the University of Pacific. Muir's first book, consisting of fifteen previously published articles, some dating from as early as 1875, which aside from some very brief detours to the Coast Range and the southern San Gabriels, concern the flora, fauna, and geology of the Sierra Nevada. As recorded here, Muir (1883-1914) theorized that the granite face of the Sierra had been shaped and scoured by glaciers, an idea… Read More
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THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION or The Preservation of Favored Races in the...

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

by Darwin, Charles, M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.

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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1889. Hardcover. Later printing, with additions and corrections from the sixth and last English edition. Arguably the most significant work of science in the Western canon, The Origin of Species first appeared in 1859, positing a theory of evolution in which living organisms change through a series of random permutations, which are 'naturally selected' insofar as they are adapted to their environment. Octavo, two volumes: xxvi, 365 p. + v, 339 p. with the publisher's ads at the rear. Original brown cloth binding, with gilt titles and black and blind-stamped decorations. Some sparse pencil marginalia, with erasures to the each front flyleaf. Bookplate and a small address label to each front pastedown. The spines are darkened just a touch, with some general shelfwear.
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PICTURESQUE CALIFORNIA and the Region West of the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to Mexico
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PICTURESQUE CALIFORNIA and the Region West of the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to Mexico

by Muir, John (Editor)

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San Francisco and New York: The J. Dewing Company, Publishers, 1888. Hardcover. Very good. Folio, two volumes: 478 p. with over 600 etchings, photogravures, wood engravings, etc. In one-half morocco over pebbled cloth bindings, with decorative gilt stamping, five raised bands, and beveled edges. A closed tear to p.45-6 in the first volume has been neatly mended. Small ink stamp ("Dolgeville Academy") to the bottom of a few leaves in each volume. The leather has been professionally refurbished. A very good set. Kimes 174; Zamorano Select 87. "In 1887 James Dewing and his associates conceived the idea of publishing the grandest California pictorial book of the nineteenth century, which would make money while taking advantage of the growing fascination with California and the West. Copying the format and title of William Cullen Bryant's hightly successful Picturesque America, they selected John Muir (1838-1914) as editor and a group of artists including Thomas Hill, William Keith, Julian Rix, and… Read More
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STRATIGRAPHICAL PALAEONTOLOGY: A Study of Ancient Life-Provinces

STRATIGRAPHICAL PALAEONTOLOGY: A Study of Ancient Life-Provinces

by Neaverson, E.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1955. Hardcover. Very Good. 18 plates, with 90 illustrations. Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1955. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt titles. The spine is a trifle sun faded; otherwise very good.
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THE STRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CORAL REEFS
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THE STRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CORAL REEFS

by Darwin, Charles

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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1889. Hardcover. Good. Third edition, with an appendix by Prof. T.G. Bonney, D.Sc., F.R.S., F.G.S. 344 p. with three folding plates and the publisher's ads. Octavo. Original brown cloth binding, with decorative gilt and black stamping. An ex-library copy with minimal markings: a bookplate to the front pastedown and a small numeric label to the spine. Minor creases to the folding plates. The top edge is a trifle dust stained, with some mild foxing to the fore-edge. There is also a small bit of rubbing to the corners and tips. From the library of the esteemed American paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). In his essay "Worm for a Century" from the collection Hen's Teeth and Horse's Teeth: Further Reflections in Natural History (1983), Gould argued that this, Darwin's first book on a specific subject, is essential to understanding his theoretical approach: "This book is about coral, but it is also about historical reasoning. Vegetable mold formed fast enough… Read More
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A THOUSAND-MILE WALK TO THE GULF: Edited by William Frederic Bade

A THOUSAND-MILE WALK TO THE GULF: Edited by William Frederic Bade

by Muir, John

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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Account of Muir's journey from the University of Wisconsin to his first summer in the Sierra, consisting of his journal of the walk ending in San Francisco, an excerpt from a letter detailing his first excursion in California to Yosemite, and an essay expressing his appreciation for the low hills of the great Central Valley. Octavo: xxviii, 220 p. with a frontispiece and 12 plates. Original green cloth binding, with a color reproduction of a painting by Miss Amelia M. Watson inset on the front board and titles in white. The spine is lightly faded, with a little bit of rubbing to the white titles and some minor wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Kimes 340.
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THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION

THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION

by Darwin, Charles, M.A., F.R.S.

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London: John Murray, 1892. Second Edition, Revised - Fourth Thousand. Hardcover. Very Good. First published in 1868, this book began as an expansion of the first two chapters of On the Origin of Species (1859): "Variation under Domestication" and "Variation under Nature," and it developed into one of his largest works; Darwin (1809-82) referred to it as his "big book." The first volume deals with the variations introduced into species as a result of domestication, through changes in climate, diet, breeding, and an absence of predators. He began with an examination of dogs and cats, comparing them with their wild counterparts, and moved on to investigate horses and asses; pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats; domestic rabbits; domestic pigeons; fowl; and finally cultivated plants. The work is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century scientific investigation, and a key text in the development of Darwin's own thought and of the wider discipline of evolutionary biology. Octavo, two volumes: xiv, 473 p. + x, 495… Read More
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WONDERS OF THE INDIAN WILDERNESS

WONDERS OF THE INDIAN WILDERNESS

by Bharucha, Erach

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New York: Abbeville Press, 2008. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Lavish celebration of India's incredible natural abundance, featuring more than 2,000 stunning full-color images. Thick quarto. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, housed in the publisher's slipcase - as new, still sealed in the original shrink wrap.
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