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Wagner, Samuel. Editor. Philadelphia. A.M. Spangler, Book and General Job Printer. 1861
Volume one, complete with twelve issues and index, in a library binding. Pictorial paper over boards. [iv] 284pp. Pomona College Library bookplate and ink stamp plus previous owner's signature to front end papers. Cover shows shelf wear with some chips to paper. Boards only loosely attached.
Wagner established the American Bee Journal and its first issue appeared in January 1861…after one year of publication, the Civil War resulted in the suspension of its publication until July 1866, when it was resumed.
"The history of the American Bee Journal has been the history of the rise of beekeeping, and the one is inseparably linked to that of the other. Before this first copy of the first bee magazine in the English language appeared, there were few of the implements now in common use among beekeepers." Pellett’s History of American Beekeeping.
Milne, A.A. New York. E.P. Dutton & Co., 1929
First thus. Large 8vo. 9" x 7 1/4" [xvi] pp 1-171. Illustrated salmon pink paper over boards bound with green cloth, tips and spine. Paper title label to spine. "This edition on Large Paper published in 1929, is limited to 350 numbered copies, of which this is number 165." Signed on the limitation page by both A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard (illustrator).
An unusually fine copy. Free from marks or fading. Edges and corners sharp.
Brown, J.H. London. Griffith and Farran, 1866
Fifth Edition. 4to. Cloth backed pictorial paper covered boards. 11 pages of text and diagrams plus 16 plates (13 Hand colored). Cover shows some rubbing with chipping to edges and heavier wear to corners.
From the book. "It is a curious fact that in this age of scientific research, the absurd follies of spiritualism should find an increase in supporters....One thing we hope in some measure to further in the following pages, is the extinction of the superstitious belief that apparitions are actual spirits, by showing some of the many ways in which our senses may be deceived"
This the author seeks to achieve this by instructing the reader on how to use the color plates to create an optical illusion and then giving a scientific explanation of how the eye can be so deceived.
A unique combination of art, optical illusion and science very popular with children especially, now somewhat scarce in the trade.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. New York. Harper & Brothers, 1952
Red on grey pictorial cloth over boards. 8vo:  i-viii pp.1-260. Colored frontispiece and b/w illustrations within the text. Later 1952 printing of Laura Ingalls Wilder's fifth book with author's full signature in blue ink to the half title page. Very good condition with light wear to cover. No dust jacket.
Provenance. Included is a signed written account of the original owner's childhood memory of meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at a book signing event in Springfield, Mo. and witnessing her signing this book.
Manby, George William. London. G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1822
First edition. 4to: [vii] 143pp. With fold out hand colored map and 20 b/w lithographed plates, many of which show finely detailed "action scenes." Other b/w illustrations throughout. Rebound half calf over original marbled boards. Gilt on spine. Foxing to the map and first pages and then occasionally throughout. Boards show wear, heavy at corners.
Manby's spirited account of an Arctic whaling voyage with Scoresby aboard the Baffin, taken ostensibly to test a new harpoon gun that he had developed, details of which are described and illustrated in an appendix. After meeting with continued obstruction from the crew, who believed the new harpoon gun to be a threat to their livelihood, Manby turned his attention to narrating the whaling activities of the voyage and studying and recording the local wildlife. Scarce in the trade.