All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1912. Burroughs provides an 8-page introduction to this collection of "Outdoor Scenes and Thoughts From the Writings of Walt Whitman," as compiled by Waldo R. Browne. Says Burroughs, in part, "As a poet he did not specialize upon flowers or birds or scenery, or any of the mere prettiness of nature, but he thought of wholes, he tried himself by wholes, he emulated the insouciance, the impartiality, the mass movements of the earth." Trace shelf wear; a very near fine copy in a good dust jacket: chipped at both spine ends and rear corners, and fragile at the folds. Uncommon in the original edition; scarce in any jacket. [#035119] $300
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1922. Posthumously published writings by Burroughs on Emerson and Thoreau, as well as on Darwin, and on death. Preface by Clara Barrus, who was Burroughs' companion, biographer, and literary executor. This copy is inscribed by Barrus to Dr. John Johnston, co-author of Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890-1891: "Dr. J. Johnstone - Dear friend, Let this "Last Harvest" of Our Friend come to you as from his hand, and as a souvenir of that happy time when you visited him in his river home. You and W.W. and J.B. found one another out by 'faint indirections,'/ [quoting Whitman] 'And I, when I meet you mean to discover you by the like in you.'/ Clara Barrus/ Woodchuck Lodge/ Roxbury NY/ August 28, 1922." A half-page of notes on the rear endpages, presumably by Johnston, along with penciled underlinings and marginal notations in text. A very good, moderately shelfworn copy, lacking the dust jacket. An excellent association copy. [#035120] $750
(Philadelphia), (Curtis Publishing), 1958. An issue of the magazine devoted to "the beauty and wonders of natural America," and including "Our Ever-Changing Shore" by Rachel Carson, as well as contributions by Wright Morris, A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Carl Carmer, and Arthur C. Clarke, among others. Carson's article, written at the request of the magazine, came at a time when her attention had turned from writing about the sea to researching the use of pesticides for Silent Spring, but she took this opportunity to make her plea for the preservation of the nation's seashores. An oversized magazine, just shy of 11" x 14", with tiny tears to the spine and a small chip at the front lower corner. A very good copy. [#035022] SOLD
Chicago, Science Research Associates, (1962). A volume in the SRA Pilot Library series published by Science Research Associates for reading comprehension programs in elementary schools. Mountains in the Sea is an excerpt from the 1958 Golden Press Young Readers Edition of The Sea Around Us, which was itself adapted by Anne Terry White from Carson's 1951 bestseller. This volume was published the same year as Silent Spring. Rubbing along the spine, with three small ink stamps in text; very good in stapled wrappers. OCLC shows 3 copies. [#035023] $125
NY, William Morrow, 1965. Winner of the 1966 John Burroughs Medal; a book about the life of herring gulls on an island off the Maine coast. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Darling, and with a foreword by Roger Tory Peterson, whose recommendation of Louis and Lois Darling to Rachel Carson had resulted in the Darlings illustrating Silent Spring in 1962. An uncommon first edition. Slightly musty; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small edge chips on the rear panel. [#035124] $125
Chicago, Henry Regnery, 1955. The fifth book by this naturalist who long advocated for the preservation of urban parks and wildlife. This book is a three year study by Dubkin of his yard on Chicago's north side, and is part of the long tradition in the field of bringing one's attention to a relatively small space over an extended time. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with very slight rubbing and shelf wear. [#035024] SOLD
Portland, (Timber Press), (2021). An impressive and informative journey of 10,000+ miles, on a bicycle, from Mexico to Canada and back, following the monarch butterfly migration, from March to November, 2017. Signed by the author on a half-title bookplate. Small lower board edge bump; still fine in a fine dust jacket. Although monarchs have established themselves elsewhere, the migration has become imperiled by habitat destruction, a threat Dykman refers to as "the extinction of a phenomenon." [#035125] SOLD
EIFERT, Virginia S.
NY, Dodd, Mead, (1965). Profiles of the early botanists of America: Carl Linnaeus, John Bartram, Peter Kalm, Andre Michaux, Thomas Nuttall, David Douglas, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and others, including one female, Jane Colden. This copy is signed by the author, "with best wishes." Slight edge sunning, else fine in a very good, lightly edgeworn dust jacket with a partial sticker removal abrasion on the rear panel. [#035025] SOLD
GOLDMAN, Edward A.
(Washington), (Government Printing Office), (1921). The first separate appearance of this essay by the celebrated mammologist: an offprint from the 1920 Yearbook of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Delineates threats to wildlife, including habitat loss and over-hunting, and the ensuing loss to the "recreational and educational advantages arising from an abundance of wild life." "Free" hand-written in upper corner; side-stapled pamphlet; near fine. [#035026] SOLD
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1965). The uncorrected proof copy (divided into two volumes), of this collection of field studies of monkeys and apes, edited by Irven DeVore of Harvard University. Includes (in the "second half"), "Chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Reserve," a nearly 50-page report by Goodall, on observations she made between June 1960 and December 1962, covering topics such as locomotion, communication, group structure, socialization, mating, nesting, grooming, feeding, tool use, and of course, tool-making. Goodall, despite lacking formal education at the time, had arranged a meeting with anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1957, and (after deflecting his advances) she became his assistant/secretary. In 1960, after Leakey had sent Goodall to London for a crash course in primates, he sent her to Tanzania to study chimps. (Tanzania, unwilling to allow Goodall to travel alone, required that she have a companion: Goodall brought her mother.) By year's end, Goodall had observed chimps not only using tools for feeding, but creating tools for this purpose, causing Leakey to write to her in a telegram: "Now, we must redefine man, redefine tool, or accept chimpanzees as humans." As best as we can tell, this is Goodall's first book appearance. Two volumes (stamped "first half" and "second half") in tall, comb-bound green wrappers. The proof does not include Goodall's images. Business card of an editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston stapled to the front cover of the first volume; each volume is near fine. In recent years, Goodall has been writing and speaking on behalf of the chimps and the environment. The work she pioneered on the Gombe chimpanzees continues to this day: it is the longest continuous study of any animal in their natural habitat in history. [#035126] $750
[Berkeley], Ecology Center, ca. 1969. The author of Brave New World takes on the threats posed by rising populations and accompanying preoccupations with politics and power rather than with democracy and ecology (with special reference given in the text to Russia and China). First thus: issued as Ecology Center Reprint 7 (reprinted from Center Magazine). Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#035313] $75
[Canada], Maclean's, ca. 1957. A portfolio of bird watercolors by Lansdowne, first published in Maclean's Magazine in April, 1957. Lansdowne was a self-taught Canadian bird artist, whose work was often compared, favorably, to that of Audubon. Six 11" x 14-1/2" plates, plus an illustrated biography/colophon of equal size. Four of the plates have paintings of individual birds; two show two birds each, and one of these has been cut along the designated line. Two additional paintings adorn the portfolio's covers. Several of the plates have been previously hung and show pinholes or faint tape marks. Light rubbing to the covers; very good or better. Uncommon: five copies found in OCLC. [#035028] $350
Milwaukee, 49th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, 1987. Copy No. 293 of 1000 copies, of this commemorative belt buckle, issued on the centennial of Leopold's birth. Leopold's profile in relief on the front; on the back is the "colophon," as well as the Leopold quote from A Sand County Almanac: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." An elaborate and well-crafted production. A bit of rust to the clasp, but the buckle is fine. [#035314] $200
(Washington), (Government Printing Office), (1924). The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers' Bulletin No. 1239 (issued in 1921; revised in 1923). One of a series of bulletins describing methods of attracting birds "for economic as well as for esthetic reasons" written by a prominent ornithologist and ecologist. "Free" hand-written in upper corner; side-stapled pamphlet; near fine. [#035029] SOLD
[Alaska], [Self-Published], [ca. 1967-1970s]. Apparently a homemade production of these three essays by Meader: "The Wilderness and Post-Civilized Man" (first published in Snowy Egret, 1966); "A Return to Wilderness" (first published in Alaska Review, 1965); and "The Coming Obsolescence of Man" (previously unpublished?). Only one copy listed in OCLC. From a 1974 article about Meader in Newsweek: “After five years of odd jobs, European travel and an abortive try at homesteading in Canada, a vague sense of dissatisfaction with civilized life drove them [Meader and his wife, Elaine] to Alaska...For most of the past 15 years they have lived in the remote Brooks Range of the Arctic interior, 50 miles from their nearest neighbor and 250 miles from the nearest road...Their home was a three-room log cabin; their diet was meat, fish and berries. They fashioned bowls from spruce roots and made clothing from caribou hides..." Their lives were documented in the film "Year of the Caribou" (also released as "The Alaska Wilderness Adventure"). 19 pages, 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, side-stapled with blue front cover and no rear cover, possibly as issued. Several small penciled notes to text; inked price to front cover. A very good copy. Scarce: OCLC lists only one copy in institutional holdings (UC-Davis). [#035129] $300
(Chicago), Chicago Review Press, (2014). A biography of the first woman to solo hike the entire 2050 mile Appalachian Trail in one season, a feat she accomplished in 1955, at age 67, without informing anyone of her intentions. She carried a denim sack of supplies over her shoulder (but no tent or sleeping bag) and burned through multiple pairs of Keds. The publicity from her undertaking brought attention, resources, and hikers to the trail. This copy is inscribed by Montgomery: Gatewood was his great-great-aunt; his research for this book brought to light Gatewood's having suffered through three decades of domestic abuse, which possibly contributed to her decision in later life to go "for a walk." Gatewood hiked the AT a second time in 1957, at age 69; then took a break to hike the 2000 mile Oregon Trail, at age 71; and later hiked the AT a third time, albeit in sections, at age 76. One page corner turned; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#035051] SOLD
PRICE, Overton W.
Boston, Small, Maynard, (1911). Chapters on forests, farms, mines, wildlife, rivers, the economics of land use, and conservation. Heavily illustrated with photographs. With a foreword by Gifford Pinchot, then President of the National Conservation Association, who goes out of his way (three times in two pages) to indicate that the book is for girls as well. This copy is inscribed by Price in the year of publication: "To Mr. William Edward Coffin, by whose achievement in furthering the conservation of natural resources, State and Nation have so greatly benefited." Gifford Pinchot was the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, under Theodore Roosevelt; his dismissal by Taft led to a split in the Republican Party prior to the 1912 Presidential election, in which Roosevelt ran as a Progressive. A clipping tipped to the front pastedown of this book reports that Overton Price killed himself in 1914. Offsetting to the front flyleaf (over the inscription) from the clipping; uneven sunning to boards; a near fine copy, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#035030] $225
(NY), Viking, (1991). A report on the work of undercover game wardens' efforts to save endangered wildlife, by the author of Cadillac Desert, the preeminent volume on land use and water management in the western U.S. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Bill McKibben, Jim Harrison, and Rick Bass, among others. [#035031] SOLD
New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, (1966). A book that follows nature through a year in northern New Jersey, but "woven out of the fabric of more than a half century of nature rambles there." This is the first book by the long-time teacher and naturalist, and it is inscribed by the author to a former student. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some mild spotting to the front panel. With three newspaper articles about Rodimer laid in, one being her obituary. [#035130] SOLD
Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii, (1978). An exploration of the northeast coast of Moloka'i, by way of solo trips made in an inflatable canoe. Warmly inscribed by the author. This was her first book; her second also covered Hawaii; her third and final book, Paddling North, was published by Patagonia Books in 2012 and describes her solo paddling trips to islands in southeast Alaska. Sutherland is considered a pioneer of solo adventure traveling by women; she died in 2015, and in 2020 the New York Times included her in their series "Overlooked No More" -- obituaries of significant people who had been overlooked by the Times at their death. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket, and scarce signed. [#035315] SOLD
NY, William Sloane, (1948). In this vaunted forerunner to the books of the modern environmental movement, Vogt makes his case for ecological interdependence and the need for sound stewardship. Jacket blurb by Aldo Leopold, among others. Uncommon: many listed "firsts" are book club editions. Small dent to upper rear board; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several unnecessarily tape-mended edge tears. A landmark volume, very scarce in the first printing and especially in dust jacket. [#035316] $350
(NY), Lyons Press, (2001). Strident essays on the disconnect between humans (particularly American humans) and the rest of the natural world. Signed by the author. This is the celebrated novelist's second book of nonfiction, following a book on the Florida Keys. Remainder stripes to edges of text block, shelfwear to one lower corner; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#035317] SOLD
Macon, Wesleyan, 1961. The text of an October 28, 1960 panel discussion among Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Caroline Gordon and Madison Jones. Moderated by Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Owner name to front cover; some edge-darkening and minor creasing. A very good copy in stapled wrappers. [#035036] $150
NY, Knopf, 2004. The first American edition of this novel by the 2006 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Signed by the author in 2010. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035132] $200
NY, PPP Editions, 2001. The Roth 101 reference work, a chronological guide to collecting 20th century photography books, which redefined the field in the early 2000s. With a 30-page essay, "When Objects Dream," by Shelley Rice, and writeups of each of the books chosen, describing their contents and explaining their importance. This is the trade edition; there were also two different limited editions. Slight corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Extra shipping may apply. [#035135] $250
NY, Harper & Row, (1971). The first American edition of Plath's largely autobiographical novel, which she originally published pseudonymously in England (as "Victoria Lucas") in hopes of avoiding the consequences of being recognized by her friends and neighbors, and their recognizing themselves in her book. The novel's clearcut exposition of its heroine's pain and attempted suicide was reinforced by the author's actual suicide (barely a month after publication), lending a mythic dimension to the book. Not published in the U.S. for nearly a decade after the original British publication (with this edition using the author's actual name). This is the first printing, without the number line on final page. Musty; near fine in a very good dust jacket with edge tears to the upper and lower front flap fold. [#035319] SOLD
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (2007). A complete compendium of Playboy centerfolds, with an introduction by Hugh Hefner, and with a different author introducing each decade of centerfolds. This is a contributor's copy, having belonged to Robert Stone, whose essay introduces the 1970s. Other authors include: Jay McInerney, Robert Coover, Daphne Merkin, Paul Theroux, and Maureen Gibbon. The first photo (December, 1953) is of Marilyn Monroe. Clothbound, heavy (roughly 40 lbs); 11" x 23"; 720 pages. A fine copy, in the publisher's leather briefcase, which is splitting along one seam and shedding leather, thus only good, but still protecting the book. The publisher either overestimated the strength of the briefcase or underestimated the weight of the book: most copies that survive do not have the briefcase at all. Will ship at cost. [#035039] $750
COOK, William J.
(Gettysburg), Wm. J. Cook, [ca. 1887]. Nine pages, five poems, in addition to a "Brief History of the Battle" and a woodcut illustration of General Lee at Gettysburg. 4" x 6-1/8"; roughly opened along the lower edge; still a very good copy in printed yellow wrappers. No copies listed in OCLC. [#034993] SOLD
DISCH, Thomas M.
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1970. A collection of sonnets by Disch and Marilyn Hacker, and by Hacker and Charles Platt. "There are no sonnets by Charles and Tom because Marilyn can't drive." This copy is inscribed by Disch in 1988. Precedes Hacker's first regularly published book, Presentation Piece, which won the National Book Award and was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, by four years. Fine in stapled wrappers, with a cover illustration by Platt. Uncommon. [#035040] $450
(NY), (John Love), [ca. 1975]. One of John Love's "Hearsay Broadsheets," this one announcing a poetry reading on Saturday, October 25 at Tin Palace. Poets include: Russell Edson, John Eskow, David Ignatow, Bill Knott, John Love, Thomas Lux, Bart Midwood, James Tate, and Virginia Terres. 19" x 8-1/2", printed in red on cream. Love's stamp appears on the verso. Folded in half, else fine. [#035320] $125
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