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Monograph of the Pittidae [Tropical Birds]

“NO OTHER ORNITHOLOGIST HAS EVER EXCEEDED THE MAGNITUDE AND SPLENDOR OF HIS FOLIO PUBLICATIONS”

GOULD, John. Monograph of the Pittidae [Tropical Birds]. London, 1880. Two parts in one, Part I with plates and text, Part II text only, all published.

First edition of this lovely Gould monograph, with ten beautiful hand-colored plates, in original printed boards as issued. $22,000.

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Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie

“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT THOUGHT ON MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE”

TYSON, Edward M.D. Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie. London, 1699.

First edition of Tyson's "epoch-making" anatomical study that laid a foundation for the theory of evolution, "the first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape" (Norman), heralded as a "forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin" (PMM), with eight striking copper-engraved folding plates. A handsome wide-margined volume in contemporary paneled calf boards. $18,500.

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Reports of Explorations and Surveys

THE GREAT PACIFIC RAILROAD SURVEYS,“A MONUMENTAL COLLECTION OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION” INCLUDING “THE FIRST ACCURATE DETAILED MAP OF THE WHOLE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST… ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MAPS OF AMERICAN HISTORY”

(PACIFIC RAILROAD SURVEY) Reports of Explorations and Surveys. Washington, 1855-60. Twelve volumes.

First quarto edition, mixed issue, greatly expanded. The most extensive government exploration of the American continent, with almost six hundred maps (many folding) and splendid plates (colored, tinted and black and white) depicting views, ruins, Native Americans, zoological and botanical specimens, etc. $16,000.

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Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea

“ONE OF THE MOST TERRIBLE JOURNEYS ON RECORD”

FRANKLIN, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea. London, 1823.

First edition of Franklin's first overland Arctic expedition, illustrated with 30 engraved plates—11 hand-colored—along with four large folding maps. "A classic book of Arctic hardship" (Stam & Stam 3.1). $6000.

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Natural History of Barbados

"THE BOOK IS HANDSOMELY PRINTED, AND THE PLATES ARE FINELY EXECUTED FROM DRAWINGS BY EHRET"

(BARBADOS) HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados. London, 1750.

First edition of this important work on the flora and fauna of Barbados, with folding map of the island by Thomas Jefferys and 30 folio engraved plates, 12 after renowned botanical artist G.D. Ehret, one of the greatest botanical painters of the 18th century. $5500.

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Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

“HIS VOLUMES ARE THE JOURNAL OF ADAM IN PARADISE”

WHITE, Gilbert. Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. London, 1789.

First edition of this "solitary classic of natural history," with folding frontispiece panoramic view of Selborne and six engravings (one folding) by Peter Mazell and Daniel Lerpinire after drawings by Samuel Grimm. An uncut copy in orginal marbled boards. $4200.

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Original autograph manuscript

"WHEN MAN EMERGED FROM THE LOWER ORDERS & BECAME A REASONING THINKING BEING—WHAT NEW BURDENS WERE PUT UPON HIM!"

BURROUGHS, John. Original autograph manuscript. No place, no date.

Original autograph manuscript by naturalist John Burroughs, apparently unpublished, with his penciled musings on astronomy and physics and the burdens and blessings of human consciousness. $3800.

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Original autograph manuscript signed

"UNTIL SCIENCE OPENED OUR EYES WE DID NOT KNOW THAT THE CELESTIAL AND THE TERRESTRIAL WERE ONE AND THAT WE WERE ALREADY IN THE HEAVENS AMONG THE STARS"

BURROUGHS, John. Original autograph manuscript signed. Experiment, Georgia, February 1914.

Autograph manuscript signed by naturalist John Burroughs. $3500.

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