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ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS., Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D.
1 Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D. ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS.
Portland Timber Press 2005 0881926116 / 9780881926118 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Errol D. Hooper Jr. 
328 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Colour photographs, b&w drawings. "(T)he authors look at the structure, development, genetics, and reproduction of plants, the most prominent actors in garden ecosystems. They describe other garden organisms, focusing on those with the most influential roles - insects, nematodes, and microorganisms - as well as garden denizens ranging from microscopic prions to elephants. (They) explore nutrient cycles, sunlight, air, water, and the soil - the physical environment within which garden organisms live and function - and they consider the ways plants function in their environment and form communities. They then examine the intricate interactions among garden-dwelling organisms, ranging from the harmful to the beneficial. Once this groundwork is laid, they introduce humans into the garden ecosystem and consider how gardeners can use ecological principles to wisely manage their garden ecosystems. Throughout the book, the authors cite hundreds of examples drawn from personal experience and from the gardening and ecological literature. It becomes clear that gardens - whether a group of potted plants on a patio, a few beds carved out of a lawn, or extensive plantings over several acres - are indeed connected to the natural world in endless and important ways." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny dents on spine and hinges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Del Rey, Lester. THE MYSTERIOUS SEA.
Philadelphia Chilton 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Good- Good- Jacket design by Leon Leiderman. 
198 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). Contents: Foreword: The Eternal Frontier; Water, Water Everywhere (Improbable Element / The Wild Waves / Time and Tide); The Ancient Challenge (Lore and Legend / Bell, Sub and Scuba / Mapping the Unknown); The Vasty Deeps (Down to the Sea / The Great Abyss / Rift in Reality); The Waters of Life (In the Beginning / Every Shape and Form / The Ultimate Adaptations); Bounty from the Sea (Hydroponics Unlimited / Storehouse for Eternity / The Disconcerting Dolphin); Challenge for Tomorrow (Ten Billion Plus / Treasure Trove / Project Mohole); Index. Light to heavy color fading at top and bottom edges of spine/boards and on spine; light edge wear; tiny foxint marks on edges of text block; one slight corner bump. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, small edge tears with creases, rubbing and soiling on rear panel; a few small scuffs. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE VAGABOND VENDER., N/A
3 N/A THE VAGABOND VENDER.
Dominion Bureau of Circulation, Toronto, 1929. 
66 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover (pale orange boards with red spine, black and red lettering/decoration on front board) - no dust jacket. Exotic 'reptile skin' patterned endpapers in shades of brown, green, peach and gold. Profusely illustr ated with b&w comic illustrations. When travelling salesman Zep Hawker pulls into Mud Creek with his "cure-alls", we meet villagers like Kiss-Proof Kelly, Eppy Demmick, Bacteria Bates, Hippo Potts and Daley Tipple - and he gets run out of t o w n o n a rail! Title page has become detached from the staples but is still firmly hels to the binding (manufacturing flaw), light liquid mark at bottom of page 53 - tiny mark on pages 54 & adjacent picture page, light to moderate edge wea r , a fe w l ig ht sc uffs and small area of soiling on rear cover, minor general soiling, very light beowning to edges of textblock, very small light stain at front cover fore-edge, book now protected in stiff mylar sleeve. Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
DARK BANQUET:  BLOOD AND THE CURIOUS LIVES OF BLOOD-FEEDING CREATURES., Schutt, Bill.
4 Schutt, Bill. DARK BANQUET: BLOOD AND THE CURIOUS LIVES OF BLOOD-FEEDING CREATURES.
New York Harmony 2088 0307381129 / 9780307381125 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Patricia Wynne. 
325 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w drawings. "(Z)oologist Bill Schutt takes readers on an entertaining voyage into the world of some of nature's strangest creatures - the sanguivores. Using a sharp eye and mordant wit, (he) makes a remarkably persuasive case that vampire bats, leeches, ticks, bed bugs, and other vampires are as deserving of our curiosity as warmer and fuzzier species are - and that many of them are even worthy of conservation. He takes us from rural Trinidad to the jungles of Brazil to learn about some of the most reviled, misunderstood, and marvelously evolved animals on our planet: vampire bats. Schutt also tracks the history of medicinal leech use. Once employed by the tens of millions to drain perceived excesses of blood, today the market for these ancient creatures is booming once again - but for very different reasons. Among the other blood feeders we meet are bed bugs, or 'ninja insects' (and he) also details our dangerous and sometimes deadly encounters with ticks, chiggers, and mites (the latter implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder - currently devastating honey bees worldwide). Then there are the truly wierd - vampire finches. And if you thought piranha were scary, some people believe that the candiru (or willy fish) is the best reason to avoid swimming in the Amazon. Enlightening, alarming, and appealing to our delight in the bizarre, 'Dark Banquet' peers into a part of the natural world to which we are, through our blood, inextricably linked." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny dent on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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