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BEEBE, C. William; The Log of the Sun; a Chronicle of Nature's Year. New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1906, First Edition, 8vo [25.5 x 19 cm]; xii, 345 pp, color frontis, tissue guard, plus 51 color plates, many other illus, including from photos and drawings, bibliog, index, original elaborate pictorial gilt cloth, all edges gilted, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, internal hinge with old repair, a remarkably fine and clean copy, covers unworn, bright, pristine, interior is clean and fresh, crisp.
Berra 3. Beebe's third book and one of his most interesting. The 52 full-page illustrations are from paintings by Walter King Stone. A most attractive copy, beautifully illustrated.
US$150. bookID # 12244
BEEBE, William; Galapagos, World's End. London & New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, , First British edition, 4to [27 x 20 cm]; xxi, 443 pp, color frontis, 8 color plates (one double page), 83 other photos, chart, bibliog, index, original cloth, top edge gilted, gilt title lettering, spine faded, edges rubbed, title page lightly foxed, interior is clean and very good in good cover.
Berra IX. The color plates, from paintings by Isabel Cooper, are of fish, iguanas, snakes, etc. Beebe lead a group of naturalists in the 1923 Harrison Williams Galapagos Expedition. The expedition is remarkable in that they spent only 100 hours on the islands, yet achieved excellent results. The bibliography lists the major works on the islands from 1592 to 1922, including Darwin's 1839 book. One of the hardest of Beebe's books to find in first edition, the later editions were in smaller format with less plates.
US$20. bookID # 13645
BEEBE, William; Nonsuch; Land of Water. New York, Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, 259pp, colorfrontis, illustrations (most full-page), photo endpapers, original cloth, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, dj (worn, chipped at edges), very good clean copy in worn dj, signed by author on half title page.
Berra 15. This book deals with life in the waters, marine biology, around Nonsuch, Bermuda and was carried out when he was Director of the Department of Tropical Research of the New York Zoological Society
US$60. bookID # 7891
BEEBE, William; The Arcturus Adventure; an Account of the New York Zoological Society's First Oceanographic Expedition. New York and London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1926, First edition, first printing, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xix, 439 pp, colored frontis, 8 color plates, plus 69 other illus, pictorial endpapers, original cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, top edge gilted, very slight shelf wear, fine and clean copy, unmarked.
Bera XI. A well-produced & well-illustrated description of this expedition, which has become a classic of oceanographic exploration. It covered over 13,600 miles touching at Norfolk, Bermuda, Panama, Cocos Island and the Galapagos. It investigated the Sargasso Sea and the Humboldt Current and collected numerous natural history objects. The book includes the detailed ship's log and an appendix on the fauna of Osborn Island with a list of birds.
US$50. bookID # 12243
BEEBE, William, G. Inness Hartley, Paul G. Howes, introduction by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt; Tropical Wild Life in British Guiana; Zoological Contributions From the Tropical Research Station of the New York Zoological Society. New York, New York Zoological Society, 1917, First Edition, 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xx, [ii], -504 pp, frontis, 143 illustrations, including 4 color plates, maps, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, light cloth rippling, light shelf wear, very good clean copy, internally fine.
Ferra V. This is marked volume I but there were never other volumes produced. Beebe became world famous for his record breaking descent into the depths of the sea in the bathysphere in the 1930's. He was an accomplished naturalist but was also an ornithologist, entomologist, ichthyologist, ecologist and taxonomist as this volume clearly illustrates. There is also a chapter on Indian Charms by James Rodway. Included wtih this book is Beebe's article, 'The High World of the Rain Forest; In the Trinidad Jungle, Naturalist and Artist Work Together to Portray a Teeming Animal Kingdom Men Seldom See'. in the National Geographic magazine, June 1958, an 18 page article with two photos of Beebe and many full-page paintings by Guy Neale of butterflies and other insects, and the author's 12 rules for observing wild birds and animals in the forest (very good condition).
US$25. bookID # 6304
PORTER, Eliot (photographs), Kenneth Brower, introductions by Loren Eisely and John P. Milton; Galapagos; The Flow of Wildness. San Francisco, New York, London, Sierra Club, nd , First Edition, folio [36 x 28 cm]; 2 volumes, 171; 187 pp, 138 fine color plates, bibliog., pictorialendpapers, original cloth, gilt lettering, dj's (short tear, price clipped), fine set in original gilt-stamped cloth slipcase (which is lightly rubbed at corners).
Volume one focuses on the discovery and early visitors including Herman Melville, Charles Darwin, Joseph Slevin and William Beebe. Volume two is based on Porter's journal as he explores these islands. A magnificent production with superb photos by Porter, who is considered the premier nature photographer of the 20th century.
US$100. bookID # 10374
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