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1 Bronowski, Jacob. With a new Foreword by Melvyn Bragg. THE ASCENT OF MAN.
London Folio Society 2012 Hard Cover Fine 
302 pp, 10 5/16" H. Quarter bound in dark blue buckram with gilt and silver lettering/decoration on spine, dark blue paper covered boards with a design in gilt and silver by Neil Gower. Gray/blue endpapers, colour and b&w illustrations. Plain dark blue slipcase. Chapter headings: Lower than the Angels; The Harvest of Seasons; The Grain in the Stone; The Hidden Structure; The Music of the Spheres; The Starry Messenger; The Majestic Clockwork; The Drive for Power; The Ladder of Creation; World Within World; Knowledge or Certainty; Generation upon Generation; The Long Childhood. Book is Fine. Slipcase has very light rubbing and a small slight bump on one front edge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
Toronto Dundurn 1994 1550022083 / 9781550022087 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
288 pp, oblong (8 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D). B&w photographs, reproductions. "One hundred and twenty-five years ago eight men met on December 1, 1868, to form the Toronto Astronomical Club. Among them were a tailor, a teacher and a cabinet-maker. How surprised these ordinary citizens would be to see that their little group has grown into an organization of over 3000 members in all parts of the country, in the United States and overseas. Twenty-two cities from St John's to Victoria have local chapters or 'Centres' of the RASC. Novices and naturalists, amateurs and professional scientists all play important roles in this remarkable success story. General readers will be surprised to find out what amateurs can learn from the sky, at meetings and through the Society's publications. Leaders of other volunteer organizations, educators looking for ways to promote greater appreciation of science, and local historians interested in the role of the Society in the life of their communities will find helpful ideas in this book. And members themselves will be better equipped to make decisions for the future through an appreciation of the development of the Society, its individual Centres and the men and women who have led them." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two small shallow dents at top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top rear edge and at bottom of spine, minor rubbing, 2" faint scratch on rear panel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
Toronto Ryerson Press Hard Cover Very Good 
148 pp, 16mo (6 5/8" H), dark blue cloth with gold lettering/decoration on spine. No date. B&w portrait. Looks at the life and work of Charles G.D. Roberts, focusing largely on his poetry. Contents: Biographical; Anthology; Appreciation; Bibliography; Index. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, some darkening to edges of text block. 
Price: 20.00 USD
4 Cazort, Mimi, edited and with introduction by. Foreword By Dr. Rene Pomerleau. (Henry Alexander Carmichael Jackson.) MR JACKSON'S MUSHROOMS.
Ottawa National Gallery of Canada 1979 088884364X / 9780888843647 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Henry Alexander Carmichael Jackson. 
161 pp, 13" H. "(T)he record of a Canadian naturalist and artist, Henry Jackson, elder brother of A.Y. Jackson. It is also his record of changes, both social and environmental, that took place in Montreal and the Quebec countryside during the Depression, the Second World War, and the period immediately following. It is finally a testament to the rich inner recources of a man who, with very little money and no formal education, celebrated the abundance and variety of the natural world around him. The forty-two full-colour plates, forty reproduced actual size, reveal Jackson's extraordinary eye for detail and total command of technique. His masterful colouring and delicacy of touch fully transcend the original documentary purposes of his works. The detailed notebooks carefully kept from 1927 to 1954 richly illustrate not only Jackson's genuine, almost escapist, love of nature, but also his deep affection for people, especially the countryfolk, among whom he lived and worked." Very small area of color loss on rear board cloth. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, one tiny dent on rear flap-fold, a few tiny edge tears. 
Price: 30.00 USD
London Folio Society 1990 Hard Cover Very Good 
395 pp, 298 pp, 258 pp, 592 pp, 10" H. 4 volumes in dark green slipcase with gold lettering/profile of Darwin on side panels. Bound in dark green buckram with gold banding, brown leather labels with gold lettering on spine - gold borders, lettering and Darwin profile on front boards. Dark brown endpapers, top edges dark green. B&w illustrations. 'A Naturalist's Voyage' has a tiny faint dent/scuff on rear board. 'The Descent of Man' has small bump at top corner of front board and top of front hinge. 'The Expression of the Emotions' has wrinkle at bottom of spine. Slipcase has a small bump at one top front and rear corner, very light rubbing. The gold lettering on spine labels is all complete - scan does not show it well. 
Price: 130.00 USD
PEREGRINE FALCON POPULATIONS: THEIR BIOLOGY AND DECLINE., Hickey, Joseph J., ed.  (Daniel Anderson, Clayton White, Frank Beebe, Morlan Nelson, James Enderson, Richard Banks, Richard Fyfe, Joseph Hagar, James Rice, Horst Schroder, Jean-Francois Terrasse, Hans Herren, Ian Prestt, Tom Cade, Walter Spofford, e
6 Hickey, Joseph J., ed. (Daniel Anderson, Clayton White, Frank Beebe, Morlan Nelson, James Enderson, Richard Banks, Richard Fyfe, Joseph Hagar, James Rice, Horst Schroder, Jean-Francois Terrasse, Hans Herren, Ian Prestt, Tom Cade, Walter Spofford, e PEREGRINE FALCON POPULATIONS: THEIR BIOLOGY AND DECLINE.
University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1969. 
596 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w tables, graphs, maps, photographs. "(D)escribes a contemporary ecological disaster and the search to explain it. Its extensive analysis offers, on the one hand, an unusual landmark in p opulation biology and, on the other, perhaps the requiem of a species. Once the prized favorite of medieval falconers, the cosmopolitan peregrine falcon was, until quite recently, a remarkably successful example of avian evolution. By the earl y 1 9 60's, however, peregrine populations were catastrophically declining on two continents. Other raptors were mysteriously and rapidly decreasing too. In an effort to establish the cause or causes of these unprecedented events, an internationa l c on fe rence of scientists, naturalists, and conservationists was convened at the University of Wisconsin in 1965. (This book) summarizes the proceedings of this conference and the enormous pool of unpublished population data that these investig at or s b rou ght together. (It) examines a wide variety of adverse factors - diseases, parasites, and human harassment - and reaches the conclusion that the concentration of chlorinated hydrocarbons by bird- and fish-eating raptors is the only hyp oth esi s th at c an adequately explain the simultaneous populations failures of so many species on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A concluding chapter in the book briefly describes the research gaps that ecologists promptly closed after the con clus ion of th e con ference: insecticides were found in high levels in surviving peregrines in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. A dramatic change in eggshell thickness was found to have overtaken various species of raptors in Britain, California, a nd Ma ssac husett s in 1 947. And chlorinated hydrocarbon residue levels in eggs were shown to be inversely correlated with eggshell thickness. The increasing production of persisting insecticides now appers to be a threat to the world's biota on a much wide r scale than t he one described in this book. The arguments and the data here presented will be of great interest to scientists, conservationists, naturalists, and laymen concerned with the pollution of our environment and with the su btle de layed effects that mod ern chemicals have on our wildlife resources." Previous owner's name stamp on free front endpaper, bottom edge and fore-edge of text block, slight shelf soiling on bottom of text block, two small areas of light soilin g on top of te xt block , light e dge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling/wear, several small closed tears - some with creases, a few tiny chips, light soiling and rubbing, small closed puncture on re ar hinge - archi vally tap ed. Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 70.00 USD
Phelps, London, Ontario, (1979), Ist edition. 
216 pp + errata, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w photos, drawings, maps. "The Entomological Society of Ontario, having been founded in Toronto to encourage the study of insects, moved its headquarters to London in 1872. Soon after, in 1890, it produc ed four sections dedicated to the study of botany, ornithology, geology and microscopy. Thus there flourished in London, until 1906, a sort of informal Academy of Science wherein citizens of London could attend sessions for the study of i n s e c t s , p l ants, birds, rocks and mircroscopic objects. The activities of these organizations also fostered the interests of people who became well known in London in their fields of study - Saunders, Dearness, Bowman, Woolverton and oth e rs .. .d et ai ls t he de ve lopment of the Entomological Society and its sections in London and provides intriguing accounts of the people who participated in them." Tiny scuff at top edge, tiny dint and light rubbing to rear board. Dust jack et ha s m ino r e dge wea r/s oil i ng, sm all green pencil mark to front panel. VG/VG 
Price: 30.00 USD
BY THE LIGHT OF THE GLOW-WORM LAMP:  THREE CENTURIES OF RELFECTIONS ON NATURE., Manguel, Alberto, ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, et a
8 Manguel, Alberto, ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, et a BY THE LIGHT OF THE GLOW-WORM LAMP: THREE CENTURIES OF RELFECTIONS ON NATURE.
Plenum Trade, New York, 1998, first edition. 
373 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0306459914 "(This book) represents the best of the nature-writing genre in over three dozen works from the past three centuries. Echoing the pastoral lyrics of Theocritus and Virgil, n ature writing crosses the Middle Ages and Renaissance under changing guises, and comes into its own, first during the Romantic era and then in the nineteenth century when Charles Darwin burst onto the scene. Today, the genre has been reviv e d b y a w ide and diverse group of imaginative writers - scientists, naturalists, and adventurers among them. Alberto Manguel, a great reader and literary connoisseur, serves as our guide. First outlining a 'literary' history of nature writin g, h e h as or g an ized this anthology into four sections: Landscape, Birds, Beasts, and Insects and Fish. He has included authors who did not train as scientists (D.H. Lawrence and Vladimir Nabokov). There are zoologists (John James Audubon) , c ons er vat ion i sts ( Rac hel Carson), the great classic figures (Charles Darwin and J.H. Fabre), and well-known contemporary writers (Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez). A cornucopia of the marvelous and the earthbound, (it) wil l ta ke i ts plac e al on gsid e t he m ore popular prose anthologies of our time." Minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
9 Muir, John. Edited by Frederic R. Gunsky. SOUTH OF YOSEMITE: SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN MUIR.
Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1988, 2nd printing. 
220 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 0899970958 B&w illustrations. "Nearly a century ago an amateur geologist, John Muir, explored the mountains of California from Yosemite to Kern Canyon, dedicating his life to fighting for the preservation of the High Sierra. Today, much of the area is protected in national parks - thousands of Americans follow his footsteps along the John Muir Trail, wondering, as Muir wondered, at the beauty of this wilderness. Now, in this selection of his writin gs, we can read how it looked and felt, and what it meant to the mind and spirit, to travel the Sierra when trails were few." "(S)ome of the most stimulating of (Muir's jottings and essays from his journal entries, letters, and articles) a r e p r e s e n ted here, (and) we are able to gain insight into John Muir's outlook - his love for the mountains and for their wild sheep, squirrels, and birds; his understanding of the forces of nature that shaped this awesome landscape; and his lo ng an d co ns ta nt battle to save our heritage from destruction by his fellow-men." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing, slight curl to front cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
Natural Heritage, Toronto, 1997. 
82 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 189621925X "In this new collection of poems, noted naturalist-writer, Robert Nero, offers insightful reflections on a variety of birds, from peregrine falcons, great grey owls and common ravens to purple martins and o rioles. We are also offered surprising glimpses of such diverse wildlife as frogs, chipmunks, shrews, ants, dragonflies and spiders. It is nature in all seasons that holds Dr. Nero's attention as he develops intriguing views of ordinary scen e s a n d events. But the poems in this collection also speak of love, passion and introspection, thus revealing a deeper and increasingly personal side of one of Canada's most respected naturalists. A combination of scientific training and expe ri en c e, a lo ng with ecological awareness and writer's craft, is brought to bear in this fine assortment of poems." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 10.00 USD
Breakwater, St. John's, NF, 1997, third printing. 
367 pp, 9" H, soft cover with self flaps. B&w photographs, illustrations. ISBN 1550810928 "John Olds grew up in Connecticut, sailed on Long Island Sound, played polo for Yale and went to medical school at Johns Hopkins. As a third year medical s tudent he went on a summer's adventure to an unheard of hospital in the equally obscure town of Twillingate in Newfoundland, at that time Great Britain's oldest colony. The summer's experience was offered to Hopkins students, as an elective, to s h o w them medicine as practiced outside the metropolitan centers. It also gave them more hands-on experience than medical school could offer to a junior student. Most came for the summer and then relegated to memory their novel experience with th e ho spitable, gentle people, the chance to do deliveries and appendectomies, and the rustic maritime beauty of the place. (John Olds) liked it so well that upon graduation in 1932 he returned, bringing (his wife), whom he had met there in 1930 as a Hop kins nursing student. They decided to stay a year; the year turned into their lifetimes." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, light rubbing, small crease at bottom corner of front cove r. V ery Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
ERNEST THOMPSON SETON IN MANITOBA 1882-1892., Seton, Ernest Thompson.  Houston, C. Stuart, Introduction.  Preface by Philip A. Horch.
12 Seton, Ernest Thompson. Houston, C. Stuart, Introduction. Preface by Philip A. Horch. ERNEST THOMPSON SETON IN MANITOBA 1882-1892.
Winnipeg, Manitoba Premium Ventures / Manitoba Naturalists Society 1980 0969030304 / 9780969030300 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
9 1/4" H. "This volume presents a collection of Ernest Thompson Seton's important scientific contributions to the early knowledge of natural history in Manitoba." Contents: Preface; Introduction; A List of the Mammals of Manitoba, 1887 (Foreword by Robert W. Nero); The Birds of Manitoba, 1890-91 (Foreword by C. Stuart Houston); Additions to the List of Manitoba Birds, 1893; Recent Bird Records for Manitoba, 1908; A List of Fishes Known to Occur in Manitoba, 1898 (Foreword by Kenneth H. Doan); A List of the Turtles, Snakes and Batrachians of Manitoba, 1918 (Foreword by William B. Preston). Interior - very small ink mark on inside of rear cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear and rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1975 0771081677 / 9780771081675 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Terry Shortt. Signed/inscribed by author/illustrator
255 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Signed by author under printed name on title page and inscribed by him on the half title page: "To Ruth: / with affection and / best wishes / Terry Shortt". B&w drawings. "A lifetime of adventure in the world's most exotic, untamed lands - an exuberant odyssey to distant islands, tropical forests and glacier-strewn Arctic wastes - the keen observations and infectious enthusiasm of an artist and model-maker - (this) is world-famous Terry Shortt's absorbing personal narrative of his more than forty years of field travel to the Galapagos, India, Africa, Ecudador, Northern Canada, Greenland and other far-flung destinations. Illustrated with the author's superb studies of nature and birdlife, these are more than memoirs. Vivid, sensuous, even poetic, Terry Shortt's writing conjures the world he has met and reproduced in over a thousand displays for the Royal Ontario Museum, in hundreds of illustrations for twenty books and thousands of sketches and drawings for publications throughout the world. (A)n anecdotal, entertaining celebration of a life-long devotion to nature by a master of nature lore and illustration." Three very tiny soiling marks on top of text block, minor edge wear. Dust jacket very light edge wear/wrinkling, very light browning on spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, small area of tiny soiling marks on front panel, crease at bottom of front panel, two edge tears archivally taped. 
Price: 35.00 USD
14 Winchester, Alice. VERSATILE YANKEE: THE ART OF JONATHAN FISHER, 1768-1847.
Princeton Pyne Press 1973 878610510 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Jonathan Fisher. 
29 pp + 40 plates (printed on one side of leaf, captions facing), + (9) pp List of Works, 12 1/4" H. Colour plates plus additional b&w illustrations. The Reverend Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine "was a universal man - inventor, farmer, architect and builder, surveyor, linguist, naturalist. Above all he was an artist, translating his vision of the goodness and orderliness of God's creation into paintings and woodcuts. Made for his own enjoyment and that of his family and a few friends, Fisher's paintings have largely been preserved in the small community where he lived and worked for forty years. This book, while it reveals Fisher's many-sided personality, is basically devoted to illustrating his work. The majority of his paintings are published here for the first time - the water colors from his notebooks, begun when he was an undergraduate at Harvard, and lovingly bound with his own hands; a selection of his most important paintings in oil; and many of the woodcuts with which he illustrated his books. Here, carefully recorded, with straight-forward and painstaking realism, are Fisher's college and his village, the fruits of his garden, and the animals and birds of field and forest. No subject is too small to engage his interest, none too dry to be transformed by his imagination. The common house fly and a wondrous carrot are fully detailed; garlands of fruits and flowers run riot through his mathematical exercises." Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, minor twist to spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, three edge tears archivally taped, very light rubbing, several light scratches on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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