ON THE TRAIL OF ANCIENT MAN, by Roy Chapman Andrews - 1926 [Signed 1st Ed]


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On the Trail of Ancient Man: A Narrative of the Field Work of the Central Asiatic Expeditions

by Roy Chapman Andrews

introduction & chapter by Henry Fairfield Osborn

photographs by J.B. Shackelford

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED and Inscribed by Author on front fep. New York, London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1926.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume features antique binding with green cloth covers with gilt on front and rounded spine.
  • Book displays gentle commensurate aging and wear.
  • Covers exhibit minor overall fading, as well as a couple scuffs, and gentle edge toning. 
  • Boards show gentle edgewear, with rubbing to corners and exposed board at foot corner of front, as well as a deep 1"-long scrape along fore edge of back. (See photos)
  • Back corners are gently bumped. 
  • Spine is gently sunned, with a faint vertical line of fading that shows in 2 places: 4" into gilt title and an area of 1" x 1.5" at foot. Other faint marks can be seen in some lighting, including what looks bright pink in the photo but is quite faint in person. (See photos)
  • Spine ends are softened, with minor edgewear.
  • Binding is secure with minimal play, and a 4.25" crack to back hinge. (See photos)
  • Endpapers and feps display moderate to pronounced foxing.
  • Frontispiece exhibits light foxing, not only yet mostly marginal, and is protected behind toned and foxed tissue guard. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are well preserved with gentle toning and light marginal toning throughout. Foxing is difficult to see on illustrations themselves, yet is faintly present on some. 
  • Interior is gently toned, with occasional marginal foxing on pages facing illustration plates. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages have two instances of pronounced offset from old paper (which has been removed): between pages 64 and 65, and pages 114 and 115 have a 1" of toning marginal along gutter. (See photos)
  • Textblock edges have gilt along head, and are deckled along front. Front and foot edges display commensurate toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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375 pages. 6.5 x 9.5 inches.

Antique binding features green cloth covers with gilt on front and rounded spine, as well as lovely monochrome orange illustrated endpapers. 

Book features 58 Photographs by J.B. Shackelford, as well as a Frontispiece Portrait of the Author from a Study by S.J. Woolf. Volume additionally includes reproductions of drawings, and maps. With an Introduction and Chapter by the President of the American Museum of Natural History.

This fascinating volume is two things at once. On the one hand, it represents an extraordinary account of archaeological discoveries of the first half of the 20th century. On the other, it is a breathtaking narrative of travel in the regions of Central Asia, and the step-by-step studies of the members of the expedition as they attempt to link the landscape of their time with a reconstitution of the way it was at various stages in the Earth's past development. The magnificent photographs and drawings illustrate their discoveries, both contemporary and hypothetical as they reconstitute species long extinct from their extraordinary archaeological finds.

Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960) was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who is noted for his expeditions in China in the Gobi desert and Mongolia. Known through his popular writings of his adventures, he made important discoveries that brought, for example, the first known fossil dinosaur egg to the museum. He eventually became the director of the American Museum of Natural History.

EDITION POINTS: First Edition, Signed and Inscribed by Author to Henry Robbins, dated November 26, 1926 from New York.

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