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A selection of books that have recently arrived at Horizon Books but not yet shelved. They are a mixture of subjects. They were listed here on: :
ADAMS, Alice; Mexico; Some Travels and Some Travelers There. New York, Prentice Hall Press, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xix, 216 pp, illus, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, lightly used but still quite good), near fine, clean and unmarked.
'It reminds me of the diaries of Virginian Woolf, in that the whole adds up to so much more than the sum of the parts' [from the introduction by travel writer Jan Morris]. A fine retrospective and inspiring narrative based on the novelist author's thirty years of travels through Mexico. The true first edition.
US$15. bookID # 13882
ANKER, Jean; Bird Books and Bird Art. An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology Bird Books and Bird Art; An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology. Copenhagen [New York], Levin & Munksgaard [Maurice Martino], 1938 , reprint of the 1938 first edition, limited to 300 copies, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; xviii, 251 pp, 14 plates including frontis, index of names and geographical index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, 2 pages with barely visible foxing in margin, else a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
Based mainly on the collection of books containing plates with figures of birds and their eggs now in the University Library at Copenhagen and including a catalogue of these works, the book includes an important and detailed 87 page description of the literary history of bird books and their illustrations, woodcuts, art of printing, engraving, early illustrated works from the beginning of printing to the 20th century. The catalogue of over 900 of the most important illustrated bird books gives complete description, collations, description of the importance of each book, etc, making this work and important reference on the subject.
US$35. bookID # 13868
COOPER, R. E. et al (ed); Man Hunts and Plant Hunts, Being the Adventures of George Forrest, V. M. H. Explorer and Botanist who by his Discoveries and Plants Successfully Introduced has greatly enriched our gardens, 1873-1932. Edinburgh, The Scottish Rock Garden Club, , First edition, there was a reprint in 1973, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; 89 pp, frontis (port), numerous plates from photos, bibliog, original green cloth with gilt title lettering on spine, dj (spine worn and chipped, tears), name on endpaper, else near fine and clean copy in worn dj (which is often absent).
Forrest collected plants in Western China, Upper Burma and Eastern Tibet from 1904 to 1932 and introduced many new plants, especially rhododendrons and primulas, but many others. He made seven expeditions to Yunnan and he died during the seventh. 'George Forrest was the first man to bring business methods into the pursuit of plant collecting' (Cox, Plant Hunting in China). An interesting and important book on one of the most significant plant collectors of the 20th century. Some of the material has been extracted from periodicals that Forrest contributed to, a list of which is included at the end of the book, and some of the material has been contributed by The Scottish Rock Garden Club, which did the editing.
US$60. bookID # 13890
COWAN, Dr. J. Macqueen; The Journeys and Plant Introductions of George Forrest. London, The Royal Horticultural Society, 1952, First Edition, 8vo [25 x 16 cm]; xi, 252 pp, frontis (portrait), numerous illustrations from photos and drawings, 5 colour plates, colour fldg map, appendix of his rhododendrons, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (slightly soiled on rear, not price clipped), bookplate in endpaper else fine & clean in near fine dj.
Forrest collected plants in Western China, Upper Burma and Eastern Tibet from 1904 to 1931 and introduced many new plants, especially rhododendrons and primulas, but many others. E. H. M. Cox wrote the chapter on his journeys with a personal account of Forrest by Sir William Wright Smith. An interesting and important book on one of the most significant plant collectors of the 20th century.
US$40. bookID # 13891
CURLE, Richard; The Ray Society; A Bibliographical History. London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1954, First edition, 12mo [22 x 14.5 cm]; vi, 101 pp, photo frontispiece, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean and unmarked, fine copy, includes a four page 'Report of the Council of the Ray society for 1958-59', inserted loose.
The author gives a detailed history of the Ray Society, one of the most important natural history organizations of the time, together with an annotated bibliography of the society with full details including collations, plate lists, number printed, etc, arranged by subject. At the end is a listing of every publication of the society by year published beginning in 1844.
US$6. bookID # 13883
FAWCETT, P. H.; Lost Trails, Lost Cities; from his Manuscripts, Letters, and other Records, Selected and Arranged by Brian Fawcett. New York, Funk & Wagnalls, , , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xvi, 332 pp, frontis (portrait), illus from drawings from Brian Fawcett, illus from photos, maps, glossary, index, orig two-part boards, dj (chipped at edges, not price clipped), very good, interior clean and unmarked.
The first account of the seven expeditions of Fawcett in the jungles of Brazil and Bolivia between 1906 and 1925. On his eighth expedition, Fawcett disappeared with his companions in Brazil in 1925. There have been a number of attempts to solve the mystery of his disappearance, including one by Peter Fleming, which became the book, 'Brazilian Adventure'. The book contains much on nature and natives. Fawcett believed in the existence of ruins of Indian cities in the unmapped jungles of South America that would confirm the many Indian legends. Published the same year as the first London edition, which was entitled 'Exploration Fawcett' and was identical in all other respects, it has become a classic exploration account of the Amazon area. Goodman 843: 'The complete, bizarre story.'
US$60. bookID # 13889
FLEMING, Peter; Brazilian Adventure. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934, First American Edition, first issue with the 'A' on verso title page, 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; 412 pp, plates, endpaper maps, glossary, original decorated cloth, spine & cover title lettering, dj (light wear, spine bit faded, not price clipped), near fine clean copy in good dj.
Goodman 844. A classic and well written work in search of P. H. Fawcett, who disappeared in the jungle 10 years earlier, seeking lost cities. Written by the brother of Ian Fleming, it is one of the most amusing travel accounts you will find, the story of a harebrained and haphazard excursion to the wild Matto Grosso country. "There are expeditions and there are expeditions. . . this one falls into neither category." (Fleming). This copy includes a loose contemporary newspaper clipping with title 'Fawcett, Missing Explorer, Again Reported Alive'.
US$35. bookID # 13888
GILLIS, J. M.; The U. S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to The Southern Hemisphere During the Years 1849-'50-'51-'52, volumes 1 and 2. Washington, House of Representatives; A. O. P. Nicholson Printer, 1855-56, First edition, 4to [30 x 23 cm]; 2 volumes, xv, 556; x, [i], 300; 62 maps, plates, illustrations including 4 folding maps, other maps & plans, large folding panorama of Santa Lucia, color plates, tinted plates, tables, other illus, contemporary quarter morocco and marbled boards, gilt lettering on leather label, likght edge wear, name on endpaper, interiors clean and unfoxed, very good sound set.
Sabin 27419. Humphreys 1490. Wood 358. Hasse 32: 'Volumes 4-5 were never published'. Volumes 3 and 6 (not present here) consisted mainly of statistical tables including astronomical, magnetical and meteorological observations and methodology. The two volumes here are the ones of more general interest with the excellent plates and maps. Volume I is a detailed description of Chile including geography, climate, earthquakes, government, social conditions, mineral and agricultural resources, commerce, crime, holidays, politics, and includes some description of Panama city, Lima, Peru, Valparaiso. Volume II covers the Andes and Pampas, written by Archibald MacRae, minerals by Lawrence Smith, Indians by Ewbank, mammals by Spencer Baird, birds by John Cassin, plants by Asa Gray, fossils, shells, reptiles, fishes, etc. Volumes III and VI include . There are plans of Valparaiso, Santiago, the Maule, views of Caldero, Lake Aculeo, palace at Santiago, portrait of Araucanian chief, 15 fine hand colored plates of birds by Cassin, natural history plates, colored plates of Indian antiquities including pottery, fossils, and other illustrations and detailed maps.
US$500. bookID # 13892
HARDWICKE, G. D.; Better Window Boxes. London, Phoenix House Ltd; A Roy Hay Publication, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 15 cm]; 22, [i], [i, ads], photo plates, other illustrations, tables of plants for different conditions with their size, color, flowering dates, etc, original heavy paper pictorial wraps with title lettering, light foxing, mostly marginal, light wear, very good.
Still useful guide for making, preparing and planting boxes for windows including hanging baskets, balcony boxes, shrubs in tubs, growing herbs, strawberries, bulbs shrubs, etc in boxes. A 'Better Gardening' Handbook, with the original page of ads and ad for wood preservative.
US$10. bookID # 13874
LANCASTER, Roy; Travels in China; A Plantsman's Paradise. [Woodbridge, Suffolk], Antique Collector's Club, , First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 516, [i, ad] pp, color frontis, over 400 color & 250 bw illus, maps, bibliog, index of plants, index of people, index of locations, index of gardens, glossary, colored endpaper maps, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (slight wear at spine ends), else fine, clean with the author's signature on title page 'with best wishes, Roy Lancaster 21st November 1989'.
After a useful introduction to plant hunting in China, with brief biographies of all the main collectors, the author describes his many travels in search of plants, which includes adventure as well as botany. China is one of the richest areas of the world for different plant species. The author is an acclaimed garden writer and plant collector. A beautifully illustrated work.
US$46. bookID # 13881
OSBORN, A.; Pruning Hardy Shrubs. London, The Royal Horticultural Society, 1957, revised edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 19 pp, original heavy paper wraps, with title lettering in decorative border, few pencil notes in margin, signature on inside cover dated 1958, very good.
Includes a loose short article on Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees by H. H. Thomas. Most of the work lists the many shrubs with suggestions how to prune.
US$5. bookID # 13875
WOOD, Casey A.; Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology. Hildesheim; New York, Georg Olms Verlag, 1974, exact reprint of 1931 first edition published in London by Oxford University Press, 8vo [[23 x 16 cm]; xix, 643 pp, frontis, indexes to authors, titles, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, joints with some wear, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.
Preceded by a detailed 148 page introduction, the book describes thousands of the most important books and other works on the subject, including books on birds, fish, etc, with descriptions giving date, collations and most with descriptions of the importance and significance of the work. A standard reference. Included is an article, inserted loose, on the Collecting the Firs Peterson Bird Guides by Cassie.
US$15. bookID # 13867
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