Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1916. 1st Edition. Leather bound. FIRST EDITION, LIMITED LARGE-PAPER ISSUE. One of 550 copies of the first edition printed on large paper, making the book about an inch taller than the trade first edition. BOUND IN A STRIKING DELUXE FULL LEATHER BINDING. Full green leather elaborately decorated in gilt. This is a doublure binding where the inside covers are also full leather with the same decoration. Free endpapers are silk, top edge gilt. The fine binding is not signed but is reminiscent of the work of American binderies in the early 20th century. The spine is slightly faded to a light brown. Five raised bands on spine. Interior fine. A handsome book in very good condition. Item #1244354
A beautiful example of the large-paper issue of one of the naturalist's classic works.