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Fish by Schaldach. Collected Etchings, Drawings and Water Colors of Trout, Salmon and Other Game Fish
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Fish by Schaldach. Collected Etchings, Drawings and Water Colors of Trout, Salmon and Other Game Fish


Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1937. First edition. original green cloth lettered in blue and gilt, pictorial endpapers. Cloth with faint spots, a little rubbed, bookplate on front pastedown, else fine. Small folio. Illustrated with full page plates in colour and black and white No. 176 of 1,500 copies "... Here are the aristocrats of sea and stream, and some less proud, all in their best array to make for you and me the counterfeit presentment of old joys. Or, if you yourself have never taken tarpon or muskalonge, or even trout, here crystallized for you is the picture you might have been lucky enough to lay by in the innumerable brain cells where we pack away the past. Thanks for such service as these we owe to the man wo made these living pictures." -from the foreword .


Audubon’s Western Journal, 1849-1850. Being the MS. record of a trip from New York to Texas and an overland journey through Mexico and Arizona to the gold-fields of California

By AUDUBON John Woodhouse

Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press, (1984). First edition thus. dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Fine. Octavo. Frontispiece portrait “The text of Audubon’s Western Journal is a direct photographic reproduction of the first edition, published in 1906 by The Arthur H. Clark Company in Cleveland, Ohio” -- Partial Content: Biographical Memoir, Audubon’s Western Journal: 1849-1850: New York to Texas, Disaster in the Valley of the Rio Grande, California from San Diego to San Francisco, Tour of the Gold-fields, List of Members of the Original Company.


Evolution of the California Landscape

By HINDS Norman E. A

San Francisco: Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, 1952. First edition. original green cloth lettered in black. Lightly rubbed at extremities, a few pages with red pencil underlining. Oblong quarto. Bulletin 158 Illustrated with photographs and drawings "This volume is profusely illustrated with photographs, maps, and drawings, characterizing the significant surface features of the entire State. The author ...has systematically described those surface features as they are related to the geology and rock structures of the State, and has shown how these features have developed through natural processes operating over long periods of time required to produce California's diversified landscape. ..." -from the Letter of Transmittal.


Pescatorea. Iconographie des Orchidées
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Pescatorea. Iconographie des Orchidées

By LINDEN Jean Jules

Brussels: M. Hayez pour Librairie de Charles Muqardt, 1860. First edition. full brown morocco, tooled in blind, spine with extra gilt and two gilt lettered black morocco labels, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Spine ends, joints and edges with slight rubbing. Plate No. 1 laid down , colouring and text intact. Folio c. 440 x 324 mm). Volume I (the only one published) Illustrated with 48 hand coloured lithographed plates (all plates and tissue guards present), by F. Detollenaere after Detollenaere and Maubert Linden (1817-1898) who was a native of Luxembourg moved to Belgium in his youth and imported more than 1100 different species of orchids during his life. He was an orchid hunter par excellence ... and spent ten years in the western hemisphere. He returned to work in Brussels in 1845 and with the assistance of his son Lucien, he founded the first major international competitor to the British orchid house Messrs. Sander's, Horticulture Internationale. The work is named in honour of one of his major clients the amateur orchid grower, J. P. Pescatore, who had "la plus riche collection d'Orchidees du continent" at his home Chateua del aCelle-St.-Cloud. Pescatore's untimely death, according to Linden's preface, meant the withdrawal of Pescatore's financial support for the work and the continuation of the work was not possible past the 12 livraisons -The Orchid observed no. 16[Nissen BBI 1196. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4622. Great Flower Books, p. 113].


Trapping Wild Animals in Malay Jungles

By MAYER Charles

London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1922). Second impression. original burgundy cloth stamped in blind, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine very slightly sunned, edges with some foxing, else fine. Octavo. With 30 pp. catalogue About elephant, tiger, leopard, rhino.


The Book of Whales

By ELLIS Richard

New York: Knopf, 1985. pictorial wrappers. Fine. Quarto. Illustrated by the author .