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THE STRUCTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CORAL REEFS

By Darwin, Charles

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 to measure its rate directly; we capture the past by summing effects of small and observable present causes. But what if rates are too slow, or scales too large, to render history by direct observation of present processes? For such cases, we must develop a different method. Since large-scale processes begin at different times and proceed at diverse rates, the varied stages of different examples should exist simultaneously in the present. To establish history in such cases, we must construct a theory that will explain a series of present phenomena as stages of a single historical process. The method is quite general. Darwin used it to explain the formation of coral reefs. We invoke it today to infer the history of stars."

$750.00

THE CRUISE OF THE CORWIN

By Muir, John (1838-1914)

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Large Paper Edition, this is number 129 of 550 copies. This copy comes from the library of Lucretia Thatcher Perry Osborn (1858-1930), with her bookplate to the front pastedown and a holographic note in her hand on the front flyleaf ("This narrative is one of John Muir's earliest, chiefly written from his diary of the North"). Lucretia and her husband, American paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935), were close friends and benefactors of John Muir. Henry accompanied Muir on his fifth trip to Alaska (1896) and later, Muir spent time at the couple's summer house in Garrison, New York working on the final proofs of The Yosemite (1912). A fantastic association. In addition to its regular arctic duties as a United States Revenue Service Cutter, the Corwin steamed out of San Francisco Bay on May 4, 1881 with orders to search for the American polar exploration vessel Jeanette which had not been heard from since 1879. Muir shipped onboard as a naturalist and correspondent for the San Francisco Daily Bulletin, and this work consists of the 21 letters that he wrote to the Bulletin during the more than five-month voyage, supplemented with notes from his daily diary, and the two scientific reports on botany and glaciation that he wrote for the government. Muir was a gifted journalist with a reporter's instinct for the dramatic. Filled with colorful details of the arctic natives and their customs, the stark landscape, and frequently perilous adventures in an inhospitable and hazardous environment, his despatches were eagerly read by a large audience. Edited by William Frederic Bade (1871-1936). Hand-colored photogravure frontispiece, with 26 plates consisting of one map, eleven halftone reliefs from photographs, eight halftone reliefs from sketches by Muir, and six line blocks from drawings by Muir. Octavo. Original green laid paper covered boards, with a green cloth spine and a brown leather spine label stamped in gold. Partially unopened. An especially crisp and bright example. The spine is lightly faded along the spine, with a tiny bit of wear to the spine heel and some very mild rubbing to the rear board; else near fine. Kimes 347.

$800.00

DESERT JOURNAL: A Naturalist Reflects on Arid California
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DESERT JOURNAL: A Naturalist Reflects on Arid California

By Cowles, Raymond B. in collaboration with Elna S. Bakker

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Near fine. Inscribed on the half-title by Elna Bakker, who edited and organized Cowles' journal following his death in 1975. An insighful journey through the deserts of Southern California, which also serves as an introduction to a whole range of biological and environmental principles. Foreword by Robert C. Stebbins. Illustrations by Gerhard Bakker. Photographs by Raymond B. Cowles and Roy Pence. Octavo. Original cloth binding, with orange titles. A near fine copy in near fine dust jacket with some occasional light edgewear.

$40.00

JOHN MUIR: A Naturalist in Southern California
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JOHN MUIR: A Naturalist in Southern California

By Pomeroy, Elizabeth

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.

$25.00

MORE PALEOZOIC FOSSILS
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MORE PALEOZOIC FOSSILS

By Stinchcomb, Bruce L.

Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2012. Trade paperback. Fine. Quarto. Original pictorial paper wrappers. A fine copy.

$15.00

THE JEHOL FOSSILS: The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants
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THE JEHOL FOSSILS: The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants

By Chang, Mee-mann (Editor-in-Chief)

London: Academic Press, 2008. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. "In recent years, the late Mesozoic fossils found at Jehol in northern China have shown the world some of the most astonishing creatures to be discovered since the first complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx in 1861, and have become the focus of important new paleontological research. On this fabulous roster are four-winged dinosaur and many feathered ones, the first beaked bird and many of its allies, the first plants with flowers and fruits, fishes with puzzling geographic distributions, early frogs, salamanders and mammals, pterosaurs that ruled the Mesozoic skies, and thousands of species of invertebrates such as molluscs, concostracans, ostracods, shrimps, insects and spiders [...] Lavishly illustrated with nearly 280 illustrations, including 200 photographs showing the diversity of taxa and beauty of their preservation. Oblong quarto. Original burgundy cloth binding, with silver titles. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

$250.00

LIVES OF THE HUNTED, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings
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LIVES OF THE HUNTED, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings

By Seton-Thompson, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Among the best known books of animal stories by Seton-Thompson (1860-1946) who, in addition to illustrating his books, was a popular naturalist in his time and one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. This copy is signed on the front flyleaf by Seton-Thompson, who added a little drawing of a pawprint. Below the autograph is a pencil description of how the book was acquired and signed. Octavo. Original green cloth binding, with gilt and dark green stamping. The front hinge is just starting and still quite sound. The spine is moderately sun faded, with some lesser fading to the front board; else very good.

$100.00

FIFTY-TWO YEARS OF RESEARCH, OBSERVATION AND PUBLICATION, 1877-1929: A Life Adventure in Breadth and Depth
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FIFTY-TWO YEARS OF RESEARCH, OBSERVATION AND PUBLICATION, 1877-1929: A Life Adventure in Breadth and Depth

By Osborn, Henry Fairfield

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. Edited by Florence Milligan, Literary Secretary, with Complete Bibliography, Chronologic and Classified by Subject, 1877-1929, [and Supplementary Bibliography, 1930-1933]. Frontispiece portrait, with eight pp. photographs. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. First edition thus, earlier and less comprehensive editions of this work were issued in 1911 and 1916, respectively. Osborn (1857-1935) was a zoologist and paleontologist who served as curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History (1891-1910) and president of the Museum (1910-33). He is credited with revolutionizing museum displays and teaching while advancing the field of paleontology in the eye of the public. This work presents a detailed bibliography of Dr. Osborn's work, as well as a thoughtful statement of his philosophy of scientific research. Presentation copy, inscribed by Osborn on the front flyleaf, with a printed compliments card laid in. Osborn also wrote the recipient's name on the front panel of the dust jacket. Octavo. Original burgundy cloth binding, with gilt titles. Some mild foxing to the prefatory and concluding leaves and along the extremities. The dust jacket is a touch browned, more so along the spine and folds, with an occasional hint of edgewear; otherwise very good.

$250.00

STRATIGRAPHICAL PALAEONTOLOGY: A Study of Ancient Life-Provinces
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STRATIGRAPHICAL PALAEONTOLOGY: A Study of Ancient Life-Provinces

By Neaverson, E.

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.

$75.00

TIME TRAVELER: In Search of Dinosaurs and Other Fossils from Montana to Mongolia
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TIME TRAVELER: In Search of Dinosaurs and Other Fossils from Montana to Mongolia

By Novacek, Michael

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. 368 p. Textual illustrations. Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution and on the relationships among extinct and extant organisms. This is his captivating account of how his boyhood enthusiasm for dinosaurs became a lifelong commitment to vanguard science. Signed and dated by Novacek on the title page. Octavo. Extremely faint stain to the top of the fore-edge; else fine in like dust jacket. Signed by Author.

$25.00

FULL HOUSE: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin
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FULL HOUSE: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

By Gould, Stephen Jay

New York: Harmony Books, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 244 p. 36 textual figures. First edition - Autographed Edition, signed by Gould on a prefatory blank leaf. Octavo. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Author.

$35.00

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

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.

$40.00

UNSEEN LIFE OF NEW YORK: As a Naturalist Sees It

By Beebe, William

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 163 p. With Illustrations by Donald T. Carlisle. Inscribed by Beebe on the blank leaf following the copyright page. Octavo. Original cloth binding, with black stamping. The dust jacket is a bit edgeworn, with a shallow chip to the spine head and some minor soiling; else very good.

$50.00

BY A THOUSAND FIRES: Nature Notes and Extracts from the Life and Unpublished Journals of Ernest Thompson Seton
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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.

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.

$75.00