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E-list # 169

New Arrivals: Nature

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click for a larger image of item #33859, The Lord's Woods. The Passing of an American Woodland 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] $225
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click for a larger image of item #33864, Life Histories of North American Gulls and Terns Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1921. Winner of the 1940 John Burroughs Medal, for the series: this being only Volume One of Bent's 21-volume, 44-year work, Life Histories of North American Birds, undertaken at the request of the Smithsonian Institution and published as a series of National Museum Bulletins, this being Bulletin 113. Inscribed by Bent: "To my appreciative friend Samuel D. Knox." Original wrappers bound into green cloth-covered boards. Bent's inscription is on the added endpaper, so inscribed after binding. A bit of foxing to top edge; the text is otherwise fine; the binding is very good. [#033864] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33854, Roadless Area 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] $250
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click for a larger image of item #33887, Out of Eden. An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion 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] $125
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click for a larger image of item #33879, In Remembrance; Dedication of Memorial Field [NY], [John Burroughs Memorial Association], 1922, 1923. Two tall, stringbound chapbooks published by the John Burroughs Memorial Association, with an 8-page pamphlet about Burroughs and the Association, including a centerfold map, "The Land of John Burroughs." All transmitted with a 1926 typed letter signed by the secretary of the Association, the masthead of which notes that "Woodchuck Lodge and Memorial Field are owned and maintained by Mr. Henry Ford." Laid in is a 4-page advertisement for the "Wake Robin Edition" of Burroughs' collected works, which features a picture of Ford and Edison with their friend Burroughs, as well as nearly two dozen questions about nature that Burroughs' books would answer. The chapbooks, the pamphlet, and the letter are near fine; the advertisement is folded and fragile. The chapbooks include words by Burroughs and others, including Emerson, Wordsworth and Whitman, as well as two tipped-in images: one of Burroughs in "The Nest" at Riverby, and one of C.S. Pietro's sculpture of Burroughs, entitled "The Seer." [#033879] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33873, John Burroughs Nature Calendar (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] $175
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click for a larger image of item #33858, Swampwalker's Journal. A Wetland's Year 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] $200
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click for a larger image of item #33870, Mountains in the Sea 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. Very mild rubbing along the spine and a short shallow crease near the foredge; near fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon, and unlikely to be found in collectable condition given its intended use. [#033870] SOLD
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33867, Fixing Climate NY, Hill and Wang, (2008). Inscribed by Broecker, the geoscientist whose 1975 paper "Climactic Change: Are We On the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" popularized the term "global warming" and sounded an early (unheeded) alarm. Broecker has been called "one of the founding fathers of climate science" and "the world's expert on climate history." Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#033867] $175
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33872, Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans NY, Putnam's, (1995). Signed by the author on the title page and additionally inscribed by Earle on the half title in 1997: "For Valerie and Dan -/ - Kindred spirits -/ With admiration for what you are doing to take care of the ocean -/ Warm regards -/ Sylvia." Modest foxing to the edges of the text block, thus near fine in a very near fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson, among others. Earle, explorer and oceanographer (with a Ph.D. in algae), was the first female President of NOAA, set a record for untethered walking on the ocean floor, led an all-female team to live underwater for two weeks, has logged 7,000+ hours underwater, and is the founder of the nonprofit Mission Blue, among many other accomplishments. A nice inscription, and an uncommon book signed. [#033872] SOLD
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33866, Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow Jackson Hole, Rink House, (2013). His first book, examining the 8,000 year old sport of skiing, "the miracle of snow," the possible demise of both in the current century, and the efforts underway to repair "the water cycle." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a blurb by Bill McKibben on the rear panel: "Skiing offers a good barometer of the trouble we're in..." [#033866] $100
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33881, Fevered. Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health - and How We Can Save Ourselves (NY), Rodale, (2013). Marsa delineates the medical meltdowns that will accompany climate change. This is a review copy, inscribed by the author to Bill McKibben, on the day of publication: "Thanks again for your help and support. You are an inspiration to us all." McKibben has provided a blurb for the rear panel. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the publisher's press release laid in. A notable association copy. [#033881] $125
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33874, Confluence: A River, the Environment, Politics, & the Fate of All Humanity 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] $175
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(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33886, The Whale and the Supercomputer. On the Northern Front of Climate Change NY, North Point Press, (2004). A report from the front lines of global warming, in Alaska, 15 years ago. Signed by the author. One very light corner tap; else fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#033886] $85
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(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33880, America City (London), Corvus, (2017). Signed by the author in the month prior to publication. The British scifi author takes on a future America where droughts, hurricanes, and floods have created a humanitarian crisis at the border between northern and southern states, and the politicians find a way to blame Canada. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a label indicating the book is a "BBC Radio 2 Book Club" selection. Beckett's Eden trilogy was highly praised, and the author -- who is also a sociologist -- is well-regarded for using the science fiction genre as a way to explore social, political, and theological issues. [#033880] $125
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(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33888, Austral London, Gollancz, (2017). The advance reading copy of McAuley's science fiction novel of a genetically-edited woman hiding out with a hostage in the newly established Antarctic Peninsula, in a world where the climate has changed dramatically faster than the politics of power, ethnicity or gender. Signed by McAuley. Fine in wrappers, with an announcement for the book signing laid in. [#033888] $100
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(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33613, Rivers NY, Simon & Schuster, (2013). Two volumes: both a first edition, inscribed by the author and the advance reading copy of this novel that posits an unending series of major hurricanes resulting in the southern portion of the U.S., along the Gulf of Mexico, being abandoned by the U.S. government. The Category 5 hurricanes that hit the Caribbean in close succession in 2017 gave this fictional premise a reality that its author probably never conceived during the writing of this novel. The advance copy is very near fine in wrappers; the book and jacket have a tiny tear at the spine crown, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Both volumes carry advance praise from James Lee Burke. [#033613] $125
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click for a larger image of item #33857, Wind. How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1998. The 1999 John Burroughs Medal winner. Signed by the author, who explores the course of the wind in Utah, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, among other places. Very faint foxing to the page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with mild foxing on the verso and an "autographed copy" sticker on the front panel. Blurbs by Sue Hubbell, David Rains Wallace, and Larry Millman. [#033857] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33869, Autograph Note Signed 1977. A brief but enthusiastic note from Dillard to travel writer, explorer, and mycologist Lawrence Millman praising his book (unnamed, but based on the date, Millman's first book, Our Like Will Not Be There Again, which Millman had apparently sent to Dillard). At the time of this writing (February, 1977), Dillard's most recent book was Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Holy the Firm was forthcoming. Signed by Dillard. Folded in thirds for mailing; fine. With hand-addressed envelope included. Dillard provided a blurb for a later Millman book -- At the End of the World -- in which she wrote: "Millman is a genius." [#033869] $150
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click for a larger image of item #33875, Heart Earth, Typescript and Speech 1993. Photocopied typescript, 209 pages, and reproducing authorial corrections, of this memoir of the author's boyhood in Montana, covering the period prior by his award-winning first book, This House of Sky. Sent by the author, 7 months prior to publication, to the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA), with a typed note signed, dated February 10, 1993: "Quickest and surest just to send you a ph'copy of the Heart Earth manuscript for your MPLA review, instead of waiting on proofs. Here you go. Publication date is Sept." Followed by a typed note signed in October, when Doig is doing publicity for the book, transmitting a copy of the speech he made to the Colorado Library Association in Snowmass, adding, "The Snowmass audience was maybe my best ever." The speech is enlarged for reading to 45 legal-sized pages, with horizontal type. Doig has folded the first page so as to run it through a typewriter to add the title ("The American West as Heart Earth"), the place, and a copyright notice. Lastly, there is a transcript of a 9/13/2007 speech that Doig gave to the Loveland Loves to Read program. Enlarged for reading to 48 horizontal pages. Emphasis lines added in photocopy; several holograph corrections. The typescript and both speeches have been hole-punched so as to fit in a 3-ring binder; one of the legal pages is creased; else fine. The two speeches are apparently unpublished. This House of Sky was a National Book Award finalist, and Doig's series of memoirs and novels set in Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska led him be considered "a presiding figure in the literature of the American West" (critic Sven Birkerts) and to his receiving the lifetime Distinguished Achievement award from the Western Literature Association. [#033875] $850
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click for a larger image of item #33862, Martin Marten NY, St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, (2015). The 2017 John Burroughs Medal winner. A novel about a 14 year-old boy and a pine marten, set on Oregon's Mt. Hood. This was the first novel to win the John Burroughs Medal since the award's inception, in 1926 (in 1928, the award was given to a book of poetry). In 2011, Doyle had won the John Burroughs Association's Essay Award for "The Creature Beyond the Mountains." This copy is signed by Doyle who died in May 2017, at the age of 60. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033862] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33865, Those of the Forest 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] $375
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click for a larger image of item #33860, Water, Ice and Stone. Science and Memory on the Antarctic Lakes 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] $200
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click for a larger image of item #33868, Nature Rambles in London 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
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click for a larger image of item #33863, Birds Against Men NY, Viking, 1938. The 1941 John Burroughs Medal winner. Halle, as the New York Times said in its review of this book, is "a writer who sees birds and makes us see them." This copy is inscribed by the author, at Cambridge, in the month of publication: "To Dee Dee, with greetings, best wishes, regards, salutations, etc./ Louis Halle (Louis J. Halle, Jr.)/ April 23, 1938." This is the issue bound in brown cloth with a blue and beige onlay. Based on the date of the inscription, this would be the first issue: there was a more common later issue in orange cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips and an inch of insect damage to the front spine fold. Illustrated, and with dust jacket illustration, by Lynd Ward. Halle was a naturalist, diplomat and professor, and late in his life a political philosopher: his book Out of Chaos (1977) was an attempt to summarize all of human knowledge, and to draw a pattern of order emerging, over time and through evolution, out of chaos. [#033863] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33885, Walking the Wrack Line. On Tidal Shifts and What Remains Athens, University of Georgia Press, (2008). The third book in a trilogy that began with bogs, then caves, with this one being an exploration of shorelines. Signed by the author on the title page and additionally inscribed by the author on the half title. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033885] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33882, Lab Girl NY, Knopf, 2016. The advance reading copy of the scientist's bestselling and National Book Critics Circle award-winning memoir, which is also a treatise on plant life. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue. [#033882] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33883, Sightlines (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 in 2013. 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
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click for a larger image of item #33861, Snowshoe Country Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, (1944). The 1946 John Burroughs Medal winner, describing October through January along the Minnesota/Canada border, with illustrations by Francis Lee Jaques. Inscribed by Florence and Lee Jaques, with "affection and best wishes to Ruth & Jim [Chapin]." The Chapins were ornithologists: James Chapin wrote The Birds of the Belgian Congo. In the mid-1930s, he and Francis Jaques were part of a group sent to Polynesia to collect specimens for the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Oceanic Birds. The book bears Ruth Chapin's bookplate. Mild sunning; near fine in a very good dust jacket with some marks to the rear panel and two small edge chips. An uncommon book signed, and a nice association copy. [#033861] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33871, All My Rivers Are Gone Boulder, Johnson Books, (1998). An advance copy, in the form of comb-bound proofs, of the author's tribute to Glen Canyon and her time spent on the river, prior to the 1963 dam that drowned the canyon and created Lake Powell. With an introduction by Terry Tempest Williams. Signed by Williams, and with an autograph note signed by Lee laid in, with a reference to "10,000" (Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the Cowboy in Song, Story, and Verse, her 1976 book that was being reissued by the University of New Mexico Press in 2001). The note is near fine; the proof is fine. Lee died in 2017, at the age of 98. A unique copy of this book by one of the best known environmental activists of the American Southwest, linking her with a next-generation activist in Terry Tempest Williams. [#033871] $250
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click for a larger image of item #33876, "The Adirondack Mountains, New York" in Three Essays (n.p.), The Nature Conservancy, 1993. One of 500 copies of this collection of three essays published to benefit The Nature Conservancy. McKibben discusses the challenges of preserving the six million acres of the Adirondack wilderness, "America's own bioreserve." The other two essays are "The Colorado Plateau, Utah" by Terry Tempest Williams and "The San Pedro River, Arizona" by William Least Heat-Moon. Handsewn in saddle-stitched handmade papers. One square inch abraded on the title label, else fine. [#033876] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33884, This Breakfast Brought to You by a Wild Bunch of Pollinators Washington, D.C., Island Press, [1996]. 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
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click for a larger image of item #33856, Cry of the Kalahari Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1984. The first book by the author of the 2018 bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing. This account of the Owens' seven years spent living in Africa's Kalahari Desert won the 1985 John Burroughs Medal. Signed by both authors, and inscribed, "To Steve." The couple was eventually expelled from Botswana for embarrassing the government by publicizing poaching; they then re-directed their efforts to saving elephants in Zambia. On Delia Owens' website, she writes that her novel Where the Crawdads Sing is about loneliness: "I have lived an isolated and lonely life, but from the moment my incredible readers picked up the book, I have not felt alone again." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of wear to the crown and mild fading to the spine title. With an Edward Abbey blurb on the rear panel. Uncommon signed. [#033856] SOLD
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click for a larger image of item #33878, Eye of the Albatross. Visions of Hope and Survival 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] $125
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click for a larger image of item #33877, Cracker in the Glade; Crackers in the Glade (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] $375
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click for a larger image of item #33855, From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog. The Walking Adventures of a Naturalist 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] $275
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