All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Norton, (1971). The 1972 John Burroughs Medal winner, which examines thirty years of life in, and the premature death (in 1958) of, a tract of land on Long Island, once owned by a family named Lord. Signed by Arbib, who was the editor of the National Audubon Society's magazine American Birds. Foxing to cloth, else near fine in a very good, lightly rubbed, dust jacket with light edge wear. An indictment of urban sprawl, particularly in the decade after World War II, from a personal perspective as well as that of a naturalist. Uncommon signed. [#033859] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1964. The 1965 John Burroughs Medal winner. An account of journeys Brooks took with his wife in the roadless areas of the U.S., including Alaska, as well as journeys in Africa. Signed by the author. Brooks, in addition to being a conservationist, was editor-in-chief at Houghton Mifflin and published Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, as well as later writing a literary biography of her, This House of Life. Blindstamp of previous owner on the front flyleaf. Dampstaining evident to front board; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several small spots to the front panel. With 67 pen-and-ink illustrations by the author. Uncommon signed, in the first printing. [#033854] SOLD
NY, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (2005). An examination of human travel (with stowaways) posing a growing threat to ecological diversity: invasive species of plants and animals frequently travel with humans to areas where they are previously unknown, have no natural predators, and out-compete native flora and fauna. Warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Malcolm Gladwell and Alan Lightman. [#033887] SOLD
(NY), (George Sully & Co.), 1925. A weekly calendar for 1925: 52 pages, each with a quote by Burroughs, from at least seven different sources. 7" x 9-1/2", printed in green and orange, with green covers ribbon-tied at the top. Lower corner crease to the front cover; near fine. Fragile, attractive, and uncommon. Burroughs had died in 1921. [#033873] SOLD
CARROLL, David M.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1999. The 2001 John Burroughs Medal winner. A guided tour through the freshwater wetlands of New Hampshire. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple of small, faint spots. Carroll's own illustrations grace the text and jacket. Jacket blurbs by Bill McKibben, Robert Michael Pyle, Sue Hubbell, Ann Zwinger, Annie Dillard, and others. Uncommon signed. [#033858] SOLD
GRANGE, Wallace Byron
Babcock, Flambeau, (1953). The 1955 John Burroughs Medal winner. Inscribed by the author: "To Alberta Gilfillan, with all best wishes/ Wallace Byron Grange." A tour of four seasons in a forest from the perspective of the forest animals, rather than that of humans. Grange was Wisconsin's first Superintendent of Game. Modest offsetting to endpages and wear to spine ends; near fine in a near fine, lightly edgeworn dust jacket with two small internal tape mends. Uncommon in dust jacket, and especially so signed. [#033865] SOLD
NY, Harmony, (1995). The 1996 John Burroughs Medal winner. Green, a geochemist, examines the "geopoetry" of Antarctica's Dry Valley lakes. This is a review copy, and is inscribed by the author: "For Ann: with special thanks for your kind remarks. All best wishes, Bill Green." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with publisher's review material laid in. [#033860] SOLD
HALL, Kate M.
London, Hodder and Stoughton, (1908). With a preface by Beatrice Harraden and nearly 100 photographs by Henry Irving. Hall, Curator of the Stepney Museum, takes the reader through a cycle of a year in the wilds of London. With appended lists of trees and shrubs to be found in London's parks. Foxing to the endpages; moderate wear to covers; a very good copy, without dust jacket. [#033868] $125
HASKELL, David George
(NY), Viking, (2012). Haskell observes a square meter in Tennessee over the course of a year. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Lightly bumped, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny crown nick. Haskell's 2017 book The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal. [#033630] SOLD
(London), (Sort of), (2012). Winner of the 2014 John Burroughs Medal. A collection of essays by the Scottish poet, author of Findings and Among Muslims. Signed by the author. Only issued in softcover; fine in wrappers. Laid in are two printed poetry postcards by the author. This book was not published in the U.S. until the following year. [#033883] $150
Boston, Yorick Books, (1969). Inscribed by Junkins: "For Andy & Carol/ with admiration, enthusiasm, wonderment, love and the whole shebang," and signed "Junk." Dated "3/70." Foreword by Robert Francis and woodcuts by Gillian Tyler. One of 1000 copies. Very near fine in wrappers. [#034449] $75
KEARTON, Richard and Cherry
London, Cassell and Company, 1897. "Being the adventures and observations of a field naturalist and an animal photographer." Text by Richard Kearton; 180 photographs by Cherry Kearton. Inscribed by Richard Kearton, and further signed by Cherry Kearton, in the year of publication, to J. Farlow Wilson, Esq., who was the manager of the Cassell and Company publishing house. The Kearton brothers collaborated on numerous volumes of natural history, and Cherry Kearton was a pioneer of photographing wildlife in their natural habitats, including being credited with taking the first photograph of a birds' nest with eggs, in 1892. This volume recounts their travels around England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and also goes into some detail about their methods: the gilt cover illustration shows Cherry rappelling off a cliff carrying a large camera and tripod on his back, as seagulls fly below him. Top edge gilt; spine- and edge-sunned; foxing to endpages and prelims; a very good copy. By all appearances, the first edition of this title is very scarce: it is often cited as an 1898 publication, even though the date on the title page is 1897 and this copy is inscribed in 1897. A landmark volume in natural history and wildlife photography, and a fine association copy, being inscribed to the publisher. [#033519] SOLD
LANHAM, J. Drew
(Minneapolis), Milkweed, (2016). A memoir by Lanham, in which the naturalist examines, among other things, what it is like to be himself a "rare bird," i.e. a black man in an overwhelmingly white field. Inscribed by the author: "To ____ - Thank you for loving the wild." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a cover blurb by Helen MacDonald. Uncommon signed. [#033949] SOLD
Sterling, Capital Books, (2002). Essays on water, and thalweg, by one of the first female river guides in California, Utah, Idaho and Arizona. Inscribed by the author in 2003. Jacket blurb by David James Duncan, author of The River Why, among others. Light tap to crown, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon, especially signed. [#034483] SOLD
NABHAN, Gary and BUCHMANN, Stephen L.
Washington, D.C., Island Press, . A broadside promoting the authors' book The Forgotten Pollinators, an attempt to remind people that plants (and food) depend on threatened mammals, birds, butterflies and bees as pollinators. Signed by both Nabhan and Buchmann. 8-1/2" x 16-1/2". Rolled, else fine. [#033884] $125
NY, Henry Holt, (2002). The 2003 John Burroughs Medal winner. A portrait of the albatross, from Darwin, to Melville, to a satellite-tracked bird named Amelia, from whose perspective Safina shows the reader not only the vast extent of her natural environment -- Amelia's round trip for a meal for her chick spans 7000 miles -- but also the fragility of the natural world and the creatures within it. Signed by Safina, with a drawing of two fish. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033878] SOLD
STORTER, Rob; BRIGGS, Betty Savidge; MATTHIESSEN, Peter
(n.p.)/Athens, Self-Published/University of Georgia, 1980/2000. Two volumes: the original self-published paperback (Cracker in the Glade, 1980) and the expanded hardcover reissue (Crackers in the Glade, 2000), each describing the life of fishing guide and folk artist of the Everglades, Robert Storter. With Storter's artwork and with recollections by and about him, edited by Storter's granddaughter, Betty Savidge Briggs. The 1980 edition is signed by Storter; the 2000 edition is inscribed by Briggs and has a new foreword by Peter Matthiessen in which he says, among much praise, that Storter had provided him with the best description of "Mr. Watson" he had ever come across. (Matthiessen wrote the trilogy that began with Killing Mr. Watson, and would become the National Book Award winning Shadow Country.) The paperback is foxed on the covers and edges; very good. The hardcover is near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with an invitation to a book launch party laid in. The paperback is scarce; both editions are uncommon signed. [#033877] SOLD
TERRES, John K.
NY, Knopf, 1969. The 1971 John Burroughs Medal winner. An account by Terres, the editor-in-chief of Audubon, of his "walking adventures" on Mason Farm, a wildlife reserve in North Carolina, which was bequeathed to the University of North Carolina after the death of the last of the Mason family, in 1894. Inscribed by Terres in the year of publication to John Eulas Mason, "who has roamed the Mason Farm's Woods and fields since childhood -- John K. Terres/ Chapel Hill, NC./ December 12, 1969." Given that the direct Mason line had died out, it's possible the recipient was a descendant of one of the slaves of the Mason Plantation. Minor foxing to the page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with tiny nicks and a small edge stain. [#033855] SOLD
Hanover, Steerforth Press, (2005). An exploration of the Connecticut River (which first divides Vermont from New Hampshire and then traverses Massachusetts and Connecticut) and the forces -- personal, political, economic and environmental -- that shape its, and our, future. Signed by the author. With a foreword by Howard Dean, who paddled the river with Tripp in 1992. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#033874] SOLD
NGUYEN, Viet Thanh
NY, Grove, (2015). The advance reading copy of his Pulitzer Prize winning debut novel. From the library of Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War, and used by him for his review in the New York Times Book Review, which appeared on the front page of the review under the title "Apocalypse Then." Frequent highlighting; a dozen page corners turned; and comments written by Caputo on perhaps two dozen pages. Still a fine copy in wrappers. [#033928] SOLD
O'CONNOR, Philip F.
Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, (1971). His first book, warmly inscribed by O'Connor, over a full page, to Andy and Carol, hoping that a more substantial friendship can come from Andy's visit and reading. Dated May 24, 1974. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Winner of the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, 1971. [#034469] $125
ONDAATJE, Michael; SCHANILEC, Gaylord; SEE, Anik
(n.p.), Midnight Paper Sales/Fox Run Press, 2004. An excerpt from Ondaatje's novel Anil's Ghost, printed in an edition of 200 copies as a benefit for Sri Lankan tsunami victims. "Arranged" by Ondaatje, Schanilec and See from Ondaatje's text and an image inspired by a drawing by Anicka Schanilec. Signed by Ondaatje, Schanilec, and See. One sheet folded to make four pages. 7" x 3-1/2". Fine. An elegant and uncommon item. [#033524] $300
NY, Norton, (1996). The advance reading copy of his highly praised first book, made into a well-received movie, both of which have become cult classics. Touch of lift to the front cover, else fine in wrappers. Laid in is a signed Palahniuk trading card, (#445), issued by The Booksmith in conjunction with the release of the author's 2001 novel Choke. On the card, Palahniuk has given himself a mustache, a forehead scar, a black eye, and two missing teeth. Uncommon in the advance issue, and unique with the author's customized trading card. [#034470] $600
PERKINS, Sarah M.
Cleveland, Sayers, 1902. A dedication copy (albeit the fifth edition) of this temperance novel arguing that women can not reform men who drink too much, through marriage. This copy is inscribed by the author to her youngest daughter, Emma who, along with her two sisters, is a dedicatee of the book: "Emma M. Perkins/ from La Mere/ Mar 8, 1903." Emma was valedictorian of her class at Vassar, in 1879, after which she moved to Cleveland, where she was soon joined by her widowed mother, who passed away two years after this inscription. Emma Perkins never married. A bit of rubbing to the corners and rear board; front hinge starting; still a very good or better copy, without dust jacket. [#033894] $300
Brighton, Unicorn, 1967. Translation of an Aztec myth/song, rendered into Spanish verse in the 16th century and then adapted into Spanish prose, from which this translation was done. Of a total edition of 426 copies, this is Letter X of 26 lettered copies, signed by Rothenberg and by Tony Bennett, who designed the cover. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033535] $175
St. Louis, MO, Singing Bone Press, 1975. A journal within a small, 4" x 3" x 1" matchbox style box. Contents include a vertical accordion-folded book, several cards with illustrations, a folding map of the Five Nations, two seeds, some fur and a stalk/ribbon. Rothenberg spent two years living on a Seneca reservation in the 1970s. An uncommon, fragile, ephemeral work. Near fine. [#033544] $350
SNYDER, Gary, WELCH, Lew and WHALEN, Philip
(San Francisco), (San Francisco), (1963-1964). Three broadsides: Gary Snyder's Nanao Knows, Lew Welch's Step Out Onto the Planet, and Philip Whalen's Three Mornings. Each reproduced by photo-offset from the author's own calligraphy and printed in an edition of 300 copies on the occasion of a reading at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, June 12, 1964. Each broadside is signed by its author. Snyder, Welch and Whalen first met when they attended Reed College, a progressive school in Oregon; the friends later became three of the most influential poets of the Beat generation. The Snyder and Whalen are fine; the Welch has some faint creasing and is near fine. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2". Publisher's postcard prospectus laid in. [McNeil A7.] [#034472] $1,000
NY, Various, (1958-1967). The first four books by Southern -- creator of Dr. Strangelove and screenwriter of Easy Rider -- each inscribed by him to his friend, the bandleader, composer, and musician Artie Shaw. Flash and Filigree (NY: Coward McCann, 1958; the scarce first issue) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and all best wishes/ Terry S." Laid in is an autograph note signed to Artie from Terry. The Magic Christian (NY: Random House, 1960) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and best wishes for much happiness. Terry." Candy (NY: Putnam, 1964 -- first thus, and first hardcover edition) is inscribed "To Artie and Case, with love and kisses (your so-called 'soul' or 'french' kiss, natch!) / Terry." Red Dirt Marijuana (NY: New American Library, 1967) is inscribed: "To Art/ with all best, Terry." The books are near fine or better in near fine or better dust jackets; each with its own, matching, custom clamshell case. [#033653] $12,500
Amherst, Shanachie Press, 1980. A limited edition of a poem by Tate which first appeared in The New American Poetry Review. Of a total intended edition of 135 copies, this is Copy "F" of ten lettered copies reserved for the author and the artist, Stephen Riley, and signed by both of them. With etchings and engravings by Riley, each of these lettered and signed by the artist. Riley was a promising artist in the 1970s known for his fantasy illustrations, here accompanying Tate's surrealist poetry. Reportedly, most of the intended edition was never printed, and it's possible that only the 10 author's and artist's copies and 25 Roman-numeraled copies were actually produced. Loose sheets, 11-1/4" x 15", fine, laid into a near fine slipcase. An attractive fine press production, and one of the rarest pieces by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet. [#033654] $2,500
NY, Random House, (1970). A review copy of Toffler's massively successful book naming the disorientation caused by the accelerated pace of cultural and technological change. Laid in are three different 2-legal-page press releases: "Future Shock May Be Key Disease of Tomorrow," "Movement for 'Responsible Technology' Needed to Combat Future Shock," and "To Prevent Future Shock, Schools Must Teach About Tomorrow." From the first: "When people complain they can't cope, what is it they can't cope with?" From the second: "... technological questions can no longer be answered in technological terms alone. 'They are political questions...we need a machinery for screening machines.'" From the third: "Today events are moving so swiftly that only another [post-John Dewey] radical shift in our 'time-bias' can save our children. The schools must develop future-consciousness." The press releases are folded in fourths; the book has mild edge-foxing and is near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a shallow crease to the rear panel. Uncommon in the first edition, with jacket, and with promotional material. A book so correct in its premises that it now seems almost quaintly outdated. [#032329] $850
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