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1 ALLEN, DAVID ELLISTON. The Naturalist In Britain; A Social History.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1994. 0691036322 / 9780691036328 First Princeton Paperback Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
At once a major resource for historians of science and an excellent introduction to natural history for the general reader, David Allen's The Naturalist in Britain established a precedent for investigating natural history as a social phenomenon. Here the author traces the evolution of natural history from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, from the "herbalizings" of apprentice apothecaries to the establishment of national reserves and international societies to the emergence of natural history as an organized discipline. Along the way he describes the role of scientific ideas, popular fashion, religious motivations, literary influences, the increase of leisure time and disposable income, and the tendency of like-minded persons to form clubs. His comprehensive and entertaining discussion creates a vibrant portrait of a scientific movement inextricably woven into a particular culture. Includes an Index. "Allen's original [book] ... is dense with picturesque detail, rich in correlation with social, artistic, and technical trends.""- The Times Literary Supplement "Allen has made a caring, pioneering attempt towards mapping this vast forest.... It is a book which is unlikely to be superseded." - Roy Porter, Annals of Science 
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2 ALLEN, DAVID ELLISTON. The Naturalist In Britain; A Social History.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1994. 0691036322 / 9780691036328 First Princeton Paperback Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
At once a major resource for historians of science and an excellent introduction to natural history for the general reader, David Allen's The Naturalist in Britain established a precedent for investigating natural history as a social phenomenon. Here the author traces the evolution of natural history from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, from the "herbalizings" of apprentice apothecaries to the establishment of national reserves and international societies to the emergence of natural history as an organized discipline. Along the way he describes the role of scientific ideas, popular fashion, religious motivations, literary influences, the increase of leisure time and disposable income, and the tendency of like-minded persons to form clubs. His comprehensive and entertaining discussion creates a vibrant portrait of a scientific movement inextricably woven into a particular culture. Includes an Index. "Allen's original [book] ... is dense with picturesque detail, rich in correlation with social, artistic, and technical trends.""- The Times Literary Supplement "Allen has made a caring, pioneering attempt towards mapping this vast forest.... It is a book which is unlikely to be superseded." - Roy Porter, Annals of Science 
Price: 42.75 USD
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3 BAUER, RAYMOND T. Remarkable Shrimps: Adaptations And Natural History Of The Carideans.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2004. Volume 7 in Animal Natural History Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In Remarkable Shrimps, Raymond T. Bauer explores the evolution, natural history, biological diversity, and commercial importance of caridean shrimps--a fascinating and colorful group of aquatic organisms that inhabit freshwater and marine environments from the tropics to the poles. The biological diversity of carideans encompasses a remarkable array of adaptations in body form and function, coloration, breeding biology, and mating behavior. Carideans' important grooming and antifouling adaptations are examined in detail, and Bauer discusses the structural basis of their coloration, the role of color change in concealment, and other forms of camouflage. Reproductive biology and sexual systems, including hermaphroditism and sex change, are reviewed, and Bauer provides evidence for sex pheromones in the attraction of males to females. Seasonal, latitudinal, and depth variation in life history patterns are also analyzed. The symbiotic relationships of shrimps with invertebrates such as corals, sea anemones, and sea urchins and also with fishes are fascinating phenomena of marine ecosystems. Different views on the ancestry and evolutionary history of carideans are evaluated as a stimulus for further work. The status of caridean fisheries and aquaculture is appraised, and shrimp productivity is explained in terms of life history adaptations. Profiling each of the nearly thirty families of caridean shrimps, Bauer writes in an informal style that is nevertheless rich with precise and useful references. Over one hundred figures and 11 plates with 70 color and half-tone photographs accompany the text. Extensive fieldwork is showcased in life history studies on shrimps, employing both behavioral observations using time-lapse video and experimental work to test hypotheses on mating strategies. 3 black and white illustrations, 111 line drawings, 11 color plates, 316 pages, 7" x 10". 
Price: 56.95 USD
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4 BRIGHTWELL, L. R. Buckland's Curiosities Of Natural History.
The Batchworth Press, London: 1948. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Reading copy. Covers are bowed. Dustjacket worn and torn. 

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5 CARAS, ROGER; ARLOTT, NORMAN (ILLUSTRATIONS). The Forest.
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York: 1979. 0030144361 / 9780030144363 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Fair condition. 
An extraordinary evocation of life in a northwestern American forest. The skill of Caras, along with the superb line drawings by Norman Arlott, makes all aspects of forest life equally dramatic and fascinating. 
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6 CARAS, ROGER; ARLOTT, NORMAN (LINE DRAWINGS). The Forest.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston: . 0395296110 / 9780395296110 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
An extraordinary evocation of life in a northwestern American forest. The skill of Caras, along with the superb line drawings by Norman Arlott, makes all aspects of forest life equally dramatic and fascinating. 
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7 CLODE, DANIELLE. Continent Of Curiosities: A Journey Through Australian Natural History.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2006. 0521866200 / 9780521866200 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Collecting curiosities was a gentlemanly occupation for wealthy and educated 18th-century Europeans. Few creatures aroused more curiosity than those from Australia. But collections demand organisation, and classification itself reveals patterns to life that cannot be ignored. From a leisurely occupation, the science of biology was born. Cabinets de curiosites became national museums, with specimens from Australia playing an integral role in all kinds of biological debates. Australian museums now foster their own research and continue to provide major and sometimes unexpected perspectives to international scientific developments. Continent of Curiosities follows the thread of individual natural history stories through the scientists of one of Australia's oldest museums, Museum Victoria. Together, these stories weave a history of the development of biological science from an Australian perspective, with insights into the people and places that influence the way we see and understand the natural world around us. Contents:Acknowledgements; Part I. Visions from the Old World - The Last Five Hundred Years: 1. Curious collections; 2. A beast named Su; 3. Local knowledge; Part II. Into the Forests - The Last 250,000 Years: 4. Water, water everywhere; 5. Forests of fire; 6. The mystery of the reappearing possums; Part III. From Fossils and Bones - The Last 250 Million Years: 7. The case of the missing mollusc; 8. Brainbox; 9. The ape case; Part IV. Visions of the New Worlds - The Last Four and a Half Billion Years: 10. Lines in the sea; 11. Shifting continents; 12. Is there life on Mars?; References and further reading.. Includes an Index. 
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8 COCCO, SEAN. Watching Vesuvius: A History Of Science And Culture In Early Modern Italy.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Mount Vesuvius has been famous ever since its eruption in 79 CE, when it destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But less well-known is the role it played in the science and culture of early modern Italy, as Sean Cocco reveals in this ambitious and wide-ranging study. Humanists began to make pilgrimages to Vesuvius during the early Renaissance to experience its beauty and study its history, but a new tradition of observation emerged in 1631 with the first great eruption of the modern period. Seeking to understand the volcano's place in the larger system of nature, Neapolitans flocked to Vesuvius to examine volcanic phenomena and to collect floral and mineral specimens from the mountainside. In Watching Vesuvius, Cocco argues that this investigation and engagement with Vesuvius was paramount to the development of modern volcanology. He then situates the native experience of Vesuvius in a larger intellectual, cultural, and political context and explains how later eighteenth-century representations of Naples—of its climate and character—grew out of this tradition of natural history. Painting a rich and detailed portrait of Vesuvius and those living in its shadow, Cocco returns the historic volcano to its place in a broader European culture of science, travel, and appreciation of the natural world. 
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9 CRANSHAW, WHITNEY & REDAK, RICHARD. Bugs Rule!: An Introduction To The World Insects.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Bugs Rule! provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more. Ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, Bugs Rule! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures. Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans Features more than 830 color photos Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society. Whitney Cranshaw is professor of entomology at Colorado State University. He is the author of Garden Insects of North America (Princeton). Richard Redak is professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Both authors have years of experience teaching introductory entomology classes. Endorsement: "Breadth classes dealing with insects have been extremely popular among science and nonscience majors for decades. The photographs, illustrations, little known facts, and sidebars in Bugs Rule! bring to life the fascinating world of insects. Bugs Rule! is an excellent text for the nonscience major and general nature enthusiast."--Michael K. Rust, University of California, Riverside "Bugs Rule! offers a basic introduction to the biology and diversity of insects and their importance to the environment and to humans. It provides a good balance between science and interesting highlights that illustrate why insects are so vital to our lives. Students will enjoy the book."--Tom Weissling, University of Nebraska "Readable and accessible, Bugs Rule! is crammed with tidbits of information."--Jonathan Neal, Purdue University 
Price: 52.25 USD
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10 DARWIN, CHARLES. Journal Of Researches Into The Natural History And Geology Of The Countries Visited During The Voyage Of H.m.s. Beagle Round The World.
D. Appleton and Company, New York: 1971. New Edition. (Second Edition). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition considering its age. 
As Darwin stated in his Preface, "This volume contains, in the form of a Journal, a history of our voyage, and a sketch of those observations in Natural History and Geology, which I think will possess some interest for the general reader." Includes an Index. 
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11 EISELEY, LOREN. The Unexpected Universe.
Harvest/HBJ, New York: 1969. 0156928507 / 9780156928502 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Writes about a naturalist's response to the unexpected and symbolic aspects of the universe, ranging from seeds, to the ice age, and the goddess Circe. 
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12 EISELEY, LOREN. The Unexpected Universe.
Harvest/HBJ, New York: 1969. 0156928507 / 9780156928502 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Writes about a naturalist's response to the unexpected and symbolic aspects of the universe, ranging from seeds, to the ice age, and the goddess Circe. 
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13 FAUST, LYNN FRIERSON. Fireflies, Glow-worms, And Lightning Bugs: Identification And Natural History Of The Fireflies Of The Eastern And Central United States And Canada.
Unive.rsity of Georgia Press, Athens: 2017 A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book. s Flexiback. Brand new book. 
Get better acquainted with the performers of your own backyard "light show." This is the first comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America ever published. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, "The Lightning Bug Lady," has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures. Based on her twenty-five years of field work, this book is intended to increase understanding and appreciation of bioluminescent insects while igniting enthusiasm in a fun and informative way. Species accounts are coupled with historical background and literary epigraphs to engage and draw readers young and old into the world of these tiny sparklers. A chart documenting the flash patterns of the various species will aid in identification. Clear photos illustrate the insects' distinguishing physical characteristics, while habitats, seasonality, and common names are provided in clear, easy-to-understand yet scientifically accurate language. The guide will be welcomed by everyone who wants to learn more about fireflies' and glow-worms' unique traits and about their fragile niche in the ecosystem. Over 600 color photographs, Detailed accounts and anatomical diagrams of 75+ species, as well as aids in distinguishing between similar species, A first-of-its-kind flash-pattern chart that folds out on heavy-weight paper, Extensive scientific details written in an understandable and engaging way, Colorful, common names—Twilight Bush Baby, Shadow Ghosts, and Snappy Syncs, and more—for easy species identification based on flash patterns, Tips on ideal sites and times of year for firefly watching, Conservation-oriented approach. 637 color images, 10 diagrams, 1 table, 1 map, 6 x 9. "This is a true gem of a book, a celebration of fireflies in all their diversity. With her unique combination of expert knowledge, boundless enthusiasm, superb photography and above all her love of these magical creatures, Lynn Faust leads us through every aspect of their lives and emphasizes the need to enjoy, study, cherish and protect them. She has created a supremely authoritative yet wonderfully accessible guide that is sure to inspire and inform the next generation of firefly-researchers. This book will draw you into the world of fireflies and make you want to go out into the night to discover and enjoy them for yourself."—John Tyler, past Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and author of The Glow-Worm "Lynn Faust's Fireflies, Glow-worms and Lightning Bugs is overflowing with contagious enthusiasm for Lampyridae and other bioluminescent insects, but you won't want to spill a drop. It is a perfect brew of natural history, anecdote and careful taxonomy, sparkling with accessible-but-authoritative text and saturated with superb photography. Fireflies, Glow-worms and Lightning Bugs promises to be a natural history classic, and is a perfect guide to the "magical world of fireflies" in eastern and central North America."—Stephen A. Marshall, author of Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera 
Price: 31.30 USD
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14 FISCHER, STEVEN ROGER. Islands: From Atlantis To Zanzibar.
Reaktion Books, London: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
When Lost's Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 crashed, the survivors found themselves on a seemingly deserted island. In Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe spends twenty-eight years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, while in the movie Castaway Tom Hanks survives over four years on a South Pacific island. And Jurassic Park kept its dinosaur population confined to an island off the coast of Central America. Islands often find themselves at the center of imagined worlds, secluded and sometimes mystical locales filled with strange creatures and savage populations. The cannibals, raptors, and smoke monsters that exist on the islands of popular culture aside, the more than one million islands and islets on the planet are indeed small , geological, biological, and cultural laboratories. From Britain to Japan, from the Galapagos to Manhattan, this book roams the planet to provide the first global introduction to these waterlocked landforms. Longtime island dweller Steven Roger Fischer shows that, since time began, islands have been one of the primary birthplaces for plants, animals, and proto-humans. These eyots of stone and sand—whether in ocean, lake, or river—fostered the human race, and Fischer recounts how humanity then exploited these remarkable habitats as stepping stones to global dominion. He explores island economics, warfare, and politics, and he examines the role they have played in literature, art and psychology. At the same time, he sparks our imagination with visions of islands—from Atlantis to Tahiti, Treasure Island to Hawaii. Ultimately, he reveals, these isolated mini-worlds are a measure of humankind itself. An engaging account of the islets that have enriched, lured, terrified, and inspired us, Islands shines new light on these cradles of natural - and human - history. 
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15 GRIMES, WILLIAM. My Fine Feathered Friend.
North Point Press, San Francisco: 2002. 0865476322 / 9780865476325 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
One day in the dead of winter, New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes looked out the window into his backyard in Queens and saw a chicken, jet black with a crimson comb. Wherever it had come from, it showed no sign of leaving, and it quickly made a place for itself among the society of resident stray cats. Before long, the chicken became the Chicken, and it began to arouse not only Grimes's protective impulses but also his curiosity. He discovered that chickens were domesticated first as fighters, not as food; that egg laying is triggered by exposure to light; that certain breeds were once a fashion statement. He probed the mysteries of gallinaceous behavior, learning to distinguish a dust bath from a death dance and how to cater to his guest's eclectic palate. And when the Chicken began to repay his hospitality with five or six custom-laid eggs per week, Grimes had an answer to the age-old conundrum of which cam first: the Chicken. And then one day, obeying some bird-brained logic of its own - or perhaps the victim of fowl play - the Chicken vanished, leaving Grimes eggless but with this funny, enlightening, and heartwarming tale to tell. 
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16 HEINRICH, BERND. A Year In The Maine Woods.
Perseus Books, Reading: 1994. 0201489392 / 9780201489392 Fifth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Escapist fantasies usually involve the open road, but Bernd Heinrich's dream was to focus on the riches of one small place - a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains. The year begins as he settles into a cabin with no running water and no electricity, built of hand-cut logs he dragged out of the woods with a team of oxen. There, alone except for his pet raven, Jack, he rediscovers the meaning of peace and quiet and harmony with nature - of days spent not filling out forms, but tracking deer, or listening to the sound of a moth's wings. His story is that of a man rediscovering what it means to be alive. 
Price: 7.55 USD
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17 HORNADAY, WILLIAM T. Hornaday's American Natural History: A Foundation Of Useful Knowledge Of Higher Animals Of North America.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: 1927. Fourteenth Edition, Revised. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 42.51 USD
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18 HUNN, EUGENE S. A Zapotec Natural History: Trees, Herbs, And Flowers, Birds, Beasts, And Bugs In The Life Of San Juan GbĎĎ.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson: 2016. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A Zapotec Natural History is an extraordinary book that describe the people of a small town in Mexico and their remarkable knowledge of the natural world in which they live. San Juan GbĎĎ is a Zapotec Indian community located in the state of Oaxaca, a region of great biological diversity. Eugene S. Hunn is a well-known anthropologist and ethnobiologist who has spent many years working in San Juan GbĎĎ, studying its residents and their knowledge of the local environment. Here Hunn writes sensitively and respectfully about the rich understanding of local flora and fauna that village inhabitants have acquired and transmitted over many centuries. In this village everyone, young children included, can identify and name hundreds of local plants, animals, and fungi, together with the details of their life cycles, habitat preferences, and functions in the economic, aesthetic, and spiritual lives of the town. Part 1 of this two-part work describes the community, the subsistence farming practices of its residents, the nomenclature and classification of the local biological taxonomy, the use of plants for treating illnesses, and the ritual and decorative roles of flowers. Part 2 is available online, and includes detailed inventories of all plant, animal, and fungal categories recognized by San Juan's people; a series of indexes; a library of more than 1,200 images illustrating the town's plants, people, landscapes, and daily activities; and sounds of village life. PROSE Award Winner - Best Anthropology (American Publishers Association) "A superb study in indigenous science and a welcome contribution to our growing knowledge of the important relationship between humans and their local environment."—Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources "This study will provide the point of reference and departure for all future research on Zapotec botany."—William Merrill, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History "This is a superb example of what an ethnobotany should be."—Amadeo M. Rea, author of At the Desert's Green Edge: An Ethnobotany of the Gila River Pima 
Price: 33.25 USD
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19 KIERAN, JOHN; KANE, HENRY BUGBEE (ILLUSTRATIONS). A Natural History Of New York City: A Personal Report After Fifty Years Of Study & Enjoyment Of Wildlife Within The Boundaries Of Greater New York.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston / The Riverside Press, Cambridge: 1959. Third Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket is slightly torn. 
How many New Yorkers are aware of the immense variety of wildlife to be found within the limits of their city? It is all a matter of knowing how and where to look. John Kieran shows us the extraordinary number and variety of animals, plants, and minerals that survive in the city. 
Price: 17.96 USD
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20 KRUTCH, JOSEPH WOOD; LANDACRE, PAUL (ILLUSTRATIONS). The Great Chain Of Life.
Pyramid Books, New York: 1966. Second Printing. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
Looks at evolution with a fresh eye. Applying the eloquence of a poet to the dispassionate eye of a scientist, Krutch reveals many surprises and wonders in the natural world around us. This is an important, delightful addition to man's understanding of ecology - the interrelation of living things - and the biological world in which we live. "The best introduction to natural history that has yet been written." - The New York Times 
Price: 5.45 USD
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