With Nature and a Camera
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. From the introduction: "I doubt not we shall be accused of adventurous foolhardiness. I must plead that we are English..." 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 publishing house, Cassell and Company. 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 rapelling 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. [#033519] $1,000

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