CAMP-FIRES ON DESERT & LAVA, by William T. Hornaday - 1909
Camp-Fires on Desert Lava
by William T. Hornaday
First Edition. Published by: Charles Scribner's Sons. New York, NY. 1909.
Features over 50 photographic reproductions provided by Dr. John Tremblay MacDougal, John M. Phillips and the author himself with two maps provided by geographer Godfrey Sykes. 366 pages with index. 6.25" by 9.25"
Opening this twenty-five chapter volume is a preface by the author penned June 15, 1908. Following the body of the text is a brief section by the author titled A Sportsman's Platform: Fifteen Cardinal Principles Affecting Wild Game and It's Pursuit, an Index and advertisements for additional works by the author.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.
- Red cloth covers with gilt stamped lettering and mildly rubbed illustrated plates with gilt border remain free of major signs of age or wear.
- Boards are gently darkened and exhibit mild scuffs and faint stains with mild rubbing to the bottom edges and a small puncture hole to the top area of the rear hinge.
- Corners are gently bumped and rubbed, most notably the bottom corners.
- Spine remains firm with partially faded gilt lettering and exhibits softened, gently rubbed ends.
- Binding is secure.
- Endpapers are gently age-toned.
- Ffep bears a gift inscription in ink and faint, partially erased writing in pencil.
- Frontispiece and accompanying tissue guard are fully intact and unworn.
- Illustration plates and maps are present, intact and unworn.
- Interior is gently-age toned though overall remains free of any major signs of age or wear.
- Page 43 bears underlining in pencil otherwise interior remains free of writing or intentional marks.
- Gilt top is lightly tarnished with the remaining edges deckle.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
"The expedition described in the following pages was an exploration of a genuine terra incognita. While it is true that the Pinacate region was known to a few Papago Indians and perhaps half a dozen Mexicans, to the reading and thinking world it was totally un-known and the more we gathered maps and inquired about it, the less we knew. On all available maps the space around the Pinacate dot was a blank, and usually the dot itself was far out of place. There was not a soul who knew enough about the country to say lava. Naturally, the animal and plant life of the Pinacate region was as much unknown as its geography hence our combination of botanist, zoologist, sportsman, and geographer. In any wild country, that is a good hand to draw to, and with the three jolly good fellows whose company I shared, I could enjoy exploring any country this side of the Styx. Indeed, I would take my chances with them beyond it."
William Temple Hornaday, Sc.D. (December 1, 1854 – March 6, 1937) was an American zoologist, conservationist, taxidermist, and author. He served as the first director of the New York Zoological Park, known today as the Bronx Zoo, and he was a pioneer in the early wildlife conservation movement in the United States.
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