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(Nature Photography)
click for a larger image of item #33519, 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. 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] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #33521, The Natural History of Selborne London, Cassell and Company, 1902. First thus: White's 1789 classic of natural history, here with a 7-page introduction by Richard Kearton and 123 photographs by the Kearton brothers, Richard and Cherry. Signed by both Keartons. Hinges just starting; a very good copy, without dust jacket. [#033521] $500
click for a larger image of item #33522, The Natural History of Selborne London, Arrowsmith, (1924). First thus: a reissue of the Keartons' 1902 edition of "the most widely known book on the joys of outdoor life in the English language," according to Richard Kearton's two-page introduction to this volume, which talks of changes in Selborne, and the influx of American visitors. Still including his introduction to the 1902 edition, and with a different selection of 85 photographs by the brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton, from the 123 that appeared in the earlier edition. Inscribed by Richard Kearton in the year of publication to his "old friend, Leonard P. Moore, Esq." Offsetting to inscription page; heavy foxing to page edges and prelims; a bit of sunning to cloth; and a short tear at the rear upper joint. A good copy. Laid in is a flyer for a 1993 exhibition marking the bicentenary of the death of Gilbert White. [#033522] $375