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The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
May 2017
This Month: Birds and Birding
Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy. 
( Roger Tory Peterson)

At last! Spring! With spring comes birds: baby birds, migrating birds, birds in their breeding plumage. We mere mortals - earthbound, naked, and dully colored - can only watch and admire. And, as we watch, Roger Tory Peterson notes, we envy.

This month we present books by the giants of the birding world - John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson - and volumes from lesser known and unknown authors.

Now, when the sun shines and a gentle breeze blows, get out and see what birds you can find. Even in the biggest city there are birds to discover. And if you can get out into rural or wild landscapes, watch and listen. If you can't pick out a tiny body among the branches and leaves, their birdsong can thrill you.

The Birds of America by John James Audubon with introduction by William Vogt 
Publisher: The MacMillan Company
Place of Publication: New York (1941)
Binding: Hardcover
ibed: "Hazen with love Alice June 2"

The 435 plates in this volume were originally published by Audubon, in London, during the years 1827-1838. A superb set of the original "Elephant Folio" plates - a set believed to be the finest in uncut state in America - has, through the courtesy of the owner, been followed in the making of the current reproductions.

The bird names accompanying the present reproductions are those adopted in the Check-List of the American Ornithologists' Union. Further information about the original plates is to be found in the Transcript of Legends on the Original Plates in the back of the present volume. Available Here.
Birds Over America by Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
Place of publication: New York NY (1948)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

The twentieth book to receive the John Burroughs Medal for excellence in natural history. Includes 105 black & white photographs taken by the author. Peterson is well-known for his popular field guides, which greatly helped to increase interest in ornithology.

This book follows him on birdwatching expeditions in various locales, including a chapter entitled Trailing America's Rarest Bird (the ivory-billed woodpecker).
Available Here.
Park Birds, Plates and Text by Wallace Hughes  
Publisher: Reprinted from Parks and Recreation Official Publications. From the press of Wilson-Hall Company, Rockford, Illinois
Place of Publication: Tulsa OK (1944)
Binding: Paperback

The twelve plates illustrate the park birds in Owen Park in each of the twelve months of the year. Book has had newspaper clippings stored within the pages as late as 1963, causing some discoloration to some of the pages. Clippings included in the sale. Application for membership in the Tulsa Audubon Society also inserted at the back of the book. Rare and precious find. Available Here.
California's Wildlife [Complete in three volumes]: Amphibians and Reptiles (vol. I), Birds (vol. II), Mammals (vol. III) 
By David C. Zeiner; William F. Laudenslayer, Jr.; Kenneth E. Mayer, eds
Available Here.
Pu blisher: Department of Fish and Game, State of California
Place of Publication: Sacramento CA (1988, 1990)
Binding: Paperback
Edition: First Edition 

A very good, difficult to find guide to classification and animal identification guide for California wildlife.

Large softcover, complete three volume set, as issued. Laid in is the original distribution letter from the editors via the Interagency Taskforce. Previous owner's name on front covers. Underlining and marginalia to some pages.

From the library of conservationist and wildlife biologist, John B. Cowan. Available Here.

Why the chickadee goes crazy once a year... 
The Bird      
by Jules Michelet  

Publisher: T. Nelson and Sons
Place of Publication: London (1874)
Binding: Hardcover

Jules Michelet (21 August 1798 - 9 February 1874) was a French historian. He was born in Paris to a family with Huguenot traditions.

Hector Giacomelli, born in Paris on April 1, 1822 and died in Menton on December 1, 1904. He was a watercolorist, french engraver and illustrator, best known for his paintings of birds. He studied with Gustave Dore, worked on newspapers such as The World Illustrated, The Store Picturesque, and Illustration, and illustrated works by authors such as Jules Michelet and Alfred de Musset.
Available here.
Lives of the Hunted
by Ernest Seton-Thompson 
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication: New York NY (1901)
Binding: Hardcover

A charming book that portrays legends and stories of various animals.

These include Krag, the Kootenay Ram; A Street Troubadour: Being the Adventures of a Cock Sparrow; Johnny Bear; The Mother Teal and the Overland Route; Chink: The Development of a Pup; The Kangaroo Rat; Tito: The Story of the Coyote that Learned how; and Why the Chickadee Goes Crazy Once a Year.

Available here. 
The Book of Birds by Henshaw, Kennard, Cook, and Nelson
Publisher: National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., U.S.A
Date Published: 1927
Edition: Revised New Edition, 7th
Binding: Hardcover

Foreword by Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, President of the National Geographic Society: Common Birds of Town and Country, Friends of Our Forests. The Warblers, and American Game Birds, by Henry W. Henshaw, formerly Chief United States Biological Survey; How Birds Can Take Their Own Portraits, by Hon. George Shiras, 3rd.; Encouraging Birds Around The Home, by Frederick H. Kennard; Our Greatest Travelers -- Migratory Birds, by Wells W. Cooke; The World Record for Feathered Friends, and Bird Banding, the Telltale of Migratory Flight, by Dr. E.W. Nelson, of the United States Biological Survey. Color Plates from Paintings from Life by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

Book is full of clippings and newspaper articles, and there is even a small page called "Audubon Daily Field Card of Birds Occurring in the Central United States (from the Mississippi River through the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains)" tucked in at page 13 along with a list of the Audubon Bird Leaflets available for ten cents in the mid 1950s.

Five pages of color photos from another publication inserted at page 110. Well used. Wear to cover at hinges. Spine is separated at title page, but not completely loose. Previous owner's name inside front and back of book. Available Here.
Caroling - and Uncommon Birds 
The Birds' Christmas Carol    
Kate Douglas Wiggin      

Publisher: Houghton and Mifflin
Place of Publication: Boston MA (1888-1896)
Binding: Hardcover

The Birds' Christmas Carol is a novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin printed privately in 1886 and published in 1888 with illustrations by Katharine R. Wireman.

Wiggin published the book to help fund the Silver Street Free Kindergarten, which she founded in 1878. In 1917, the story was adapted as the silent movie "A Bit o' Heaven" starring Mary Louise as Carol, Donald Watson and Ella Gilbert as Mr. and Mrs. Bird and Mary Talbot as Mrs. Ruggles. Available Here. 
The unCommon Birds
by Tom Rodgers  

Publisher: Ed's Printing
Place of Publication: Chico CA (1989)
Binding: Paperback
Edition: First Edition
Signed by the author

A very good plus signed first edition, self-published. Calligraphic cover with birds in blue paper wraps. Sunning to spine. Errata pasted into inside front cover. Affectionately inscribed by author.

From the library of conservationist and wildlife biologist John B. Cowan. Lovely illustrations and drawings of California birds.

Available Here.  
lIllustrated Catalogue of the Simplex Hatcher and Brooder
Publisher: Gugler Lithographic Co.
Place of Publication: Milwaukee WI (1894)
Binding: Paperback
Available Here.
A catalogue for the Simplex Manufacturing Co., based in Quincy, IL. 24 pages of description of the Simplex Hatcher and Brooder, including patents, product details, construction, heating, ventilation, egg trays, pricing, etc.

Half of the entire booklet is dedicated to testimonials about the product. One amusing one comes from C. A. Fowler of N. Guildofrd, Conn. who writes, "I set 144 eggs under twelve hens and put 140 eggs in the Simplex Hatcher at the same time, and the machine beat the hens. I don't have to sit up nights with it."
Available Here. 
Birds of... 
Birds of the Genesee       
by  Robert Marcotte    

Publisher: Q Publishing
Place of Publication: New York (2005)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Signed by the author  
A guide to birding in the Genesee country of New York State, by the long-time columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle. Using photography and illustration, author & birder Robert Marcotte discusses all aspects of birding.

Discover nearly four hundred species of wild birds that have been reported in Monroe, Livingston, and Wayne Counties; eastern Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties; and western Ontario County. Available Here. 
Birds of Colorado (2 Vol.)       
by Alfred M. Bailey & Robert J. Niedrach    
Publisher: Denver Museum of Natural History 
Place of Publication: Denver CO (1965)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Illustrated with 124 plates depicting in full color 420 species (approximately 700 individual birds) and over 400 photographs in black and white.

The paintings by 23 renowned bird were made especially for Birds of Colorado. Rear endpages of Vol 2 has a map.

More Birds of... 
Bird Families of the World        
by C. J. O. Harrison, Editor     

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Inc.
Place of Publication: Boston (1978)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Over 500 illustrations in full color. Bird families of the world presents in realistic illustrations and readable text not only every living bird family but every extinct bird family as well.

Available Here.  
Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A. Turner,  David J. Pearson 
Publisher: Princeton University Press  
Place of Publication: New York (1966)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

The definitive guide to the birds of Kenya and, indeed, to all of Eastern Africa, each of the 1,114 species of the region is described and illustrated. Includes detailed information for every species, including appearance, plumage, vocalization, habits, status, and distribution, as well as detailed treatments of habitats and ranges.
Available Here. 
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