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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1962. An offprint from Silent Spring, printing Chapter 9 (pp. 129-152, plus footnotes). "Distributed as a public service by the National Wildlife Federation." Corner crease to one inner page, else fine in stapled wrappers. A scarce, ephemeral publication; we could find no listing for this in OCLC. Carson was posthumously inducted into the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Hall of Fame. [#032638] $375
(Washington, D.C.), (American Nature Association), 1939. A 3-page article in which Carson argues that starlings, introduced to the U.S. nearly 50 years prior, are more than earning their keep. Eugene Scheiffelin, head of the American Acclimatization Society, introduced two flocks into Central Park, one in 1890 and one in 1891; his motive (not mentioned by Carson) was a desire to import every bird ever mentioned in a work by Shakespeare (starlings had been mentioned once, in Henry IV.) This issue (June-July) is here bound together with the issues for the remainder of 1939, in a hand-lettered university library binding (with "discard" stamp inside the front cover and a circulation pocket at rear). The Carson issue is fine; the binding has a corner bump and is very good. A scarce Carson appearance. [#029061] $275
Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of the Interior, 1943. A 74-page booklet written by Carson in her position as aquatic biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The first of four such Conservation Bulletins Carson wrote, each focusing on a different geographic region. Small owner name (Leo Shapovalov) stamped to front cover. Shapovalov was at one point the editor of California Fish and Game. Shallow midline crease to booklet and a few edge tears; very good in stapled wrappers. [#029060] $175
Baltimore, Friends of the Land, 1951. Five pages of text by Carson, reprinted from the second half of the chapter "The Birth of an Island" from The Sea Around Us. There is also a three-page review of the book, which The Land names as its Top Choice from the current publishing season of books on the relationship of Man and the Land: The Sea Around Us went on to win the National Book Award and a John Burroughs Medal; the documentary based on the book won the Academy Award. Spine rolled and nicked; a few water spots to dulled covers; still very good in wrappers. [#033004] $85