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Abbey's Road - Inscribed - Edward Abbey, Jean Pruchnik (illustrator)

1979 - E. P. Dutton, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition, illustrated by Jean Pruchnik, signed and inscribed ‘all the best! Edward Abbey Santa Fe 11/56/88

‘In the spirit of Desert Solitaire and The Journey Home, Abbey's Road is a personal odyssey. Edward Abbey's explorations include the familiar territory of the Rio Grande in Texas and Canyonlands National Park and Lake Powell in Utah. He also takes us to such varied places as Scotland, the interior of Australia, and the Sierra Madre and Isla de la Sombra in Mexico.’

‘I've been along a few of Mr. Abbey's roads. He sees much more than I did. Indeed, reading him is often better than being there was.’ – John Leonard.

‘Abbey's the original fly in the ointment. Give him money and prizes. Don't let anything happen to him.’ Thomas McGuane.
 
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Desert Solitaire - Signed - Edward Abbey, Peter Parnall (illustrator)

1968 - McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York - First Edition
A bright signed first edition of Abbey’s powerful work of nature writing and environmental concern, his first book of non-fiction and most famous and defining work. Only 5000 copies of the first edition were printed, it has since sold more than 2,000,000 copies.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.’

With drawings throughout by Peter Parnell.
 
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Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo - Odoardo Beccari, F. H. H. Guillemard (editor)

1904 - Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, London - First Edition in English
An exceptionally clean and sharp copy of this important work by one of the great botanical explorers and naturalists of the nineteenth century, containing three folding maps and illustrated throughout with 61 black and white photographs, sketches and diagrams.

Odoardo Beccari (1843-1920), an orphan from Florence, studied at the universities in Pisa and Bologna, and after graduating spent a few months at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he met Charles Darwin, William and Joseph Hooker, and James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak. The latter connection lead to him spending three years from 1865 to 1868 undertaking research in Sarawak, Brunei and other islands off present-day Malaysia and New Guinea. He made a second trip to New Guinea, this time with ornithologist Luigi Maria d'Albertis, in 1872, collecting many zoological specimens, especially birds of paradise, and ethnographic materials.
 
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SOLD - Silent Spring - Signed - Rachel Carson

1962 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.

A signed first edition of what is widely considered the most important environmental book of the 20th century. Signed copies are uncommon, as Carson died barely eighteen months later in the spring of 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

‘The book that most changed the scientific world, after Darwin’s
Origin of Species is Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.’ – Sir David Attenborough.

‘In the few months between the
New Yorker’s serialisation of Silent Spring in June and its publication in book form that September, Rachel Carson’s alarm touched off a national debate on the use of chemical pesticides, the responsibility of science, and the limits of technological progress. With ‘Silent Spring’ Carson had set in motion a course of events that would result in a ban on the domestic production of DDT and the creation of a grass-roots movement demanding protection of the environment through state and federal regulation. Carson’s writing initiated a transformation in the relationship between humans and the natural world and stirred an awakening of public environmental consciousness’. – Dr. Linda Lear.

‘In her new book [Rachel Carson] tries to scare the living daylights out of us and, in large measure, succeeds. Her work tingles with anger, outrage and protest. It is a 20th-century “
Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”’ – Walter Sullivan, New York Times, 1962.

Recognition, a small selection:-
- One of the 25 greatest science books of all time –
Discover Magazine, 2006.
- One of the 100 best and most influential non-fiction books written since 1923 –
Time Magazine, 2011.
- 100 Best Nonfiction books of the twentieth century - Number 5 – Random House’s
Modern Library, 1998.
- Fifty Books to Change the World –
Guardian newspaper, 2010.
- 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century –
National Review, 1999. 
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Unexplored Spain - Abel Chapman, Walter J. Buck

1910 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
An excellent copy of this influential work on Spain and its wildlife, with chapters on the historic hunting ground of Coto Doñana, Andalusia’s big game, wildfowl and wild geese, the Spanish bull fight, flamingoes, wild camels, the highlands of Asturias, Valencia, and sketches of Spanish bird life, together with an account of the Spanish ibex, which Chapman would go on to save from extinction.

Profusely illustrated throughout with 209 full page black and white plates and in text illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was gifted by Heatley Noble, renowned ornithologist, author, and one of the half dozen best shots at Grouse and driven Pheasant in the kingdom during the early 1900’s.
 
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La Montre Chinois. Relations de l’Horologie Suisse avec la China - Alfred Chapuis, Gustave Loup

1919 - Attinger Frères, Neuchatel - First Edition
A superb and fine copy, text in French, illustrated with 33 colour and black & white plates, and 245 half-tone illustrations. Included is an introduction on ‘L’Horométrie et le Système cosmologique des Chinois’ by Léopold de Saussure.

A survey of European cosmological instruments and mechanical amusements introduced to the Chinese Imperial Court from the 14th century, and the elaborate Swiss timepieces made for that market in Europe and in China, the first seeming to be by Francois-Louis Stadlin, a Swiss Jesuit in China from 1707-1740. The whole is referenced with texts from the contemporary writings of ambassadors, merchant traders and churchmen; preceded by de Saussure’s essay on ancient Chinese cosmology.

Prominent Swiss makers included Charles de Constant in the 18th century and the Bovet family in the 19th century, and many examples of their timekeepers could be found in the imperial palaces.

Formerly owned by Le Comte Alain de Suzannet.
 
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Through Shên-kan. The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China 1908-9 - Robert S. Clark, Arthur De Carle Sowerby

1912 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
An exceptional and mostly unopened example of this celebrated and profusely illustrated account of Robert Sterling Clark’s thirteen month expedition across China’s northern frontier, covering nearly 2,000 miles of largely uncharted territory, primarily on mule and horseback. Beginning in Taiyuan in Shanxi province, Clark and his team, which included the young naturalist Arthur de Carle Sowerby, traversed “Shên-kan” (the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu), with the intention of creating a detailed topographical map of the expedition route, study the animals native to the region, and collect meteorological and geological data.

With over sixty-five photographic plates, six tipped-in colour plates, a map of the region outlined in colour, and a large folding map (96 x 51.5 cm) housed in a pocket at the rear.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A remarkable seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]
 
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