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LOUIS AGASSIZ: A LIFE IN SCIENCE.

By Lurie, Edward.

Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, (1960)., (1960).. Very good. - Octavo, pictorial light teal & tan boards backed with cream cloth with a paper label on the spine, in a dust wrapper. There is some minor foxing to the cloth. The spine of the dust jacket & the edges of its flaps are faded with a small crease to the rear flap. xiv & 449 pages. 24 pages of black-and-white illustrations. There is very light foxing to the endpapers. Very good. <p>First edition.

$20.00

WILD FLOWERS OF NEW YORK. In Two Parts. By Homer D. House, State Botanist. (State Museum Memoir 15).... (Volume 2 only).

By House, Homer D.

Albany, NY: The University of the State of New York, 1923., 1923.. Good. - Quarto 11-3/4 inches high by 9-1/4 inches wide. Bound in dark green cloth titled & ruled in gilt on the spine. The covers are rubbed and bumped with wear to the bottom corners. [1] leaf and pages 187-362. Superbly illustrated with 120 color plates of wild flowers, consisting of plates 144 through 264. There is heavy foxing to the edges of the book as well as to the endpapers, pastedowns and blanks. The contents are otherwise clean. Good. <p>Volume 2 ONLY of a 2 volume set.

$20.00

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: THE BIRDS OF AMERICA AND OTHER IMPORTANT PRINTED BOOKS BY AUDUBON, MARK CATESBY AND JOHN GOULD. The Properties of The Universities of Edinburgh, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, The Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Friday, April 24, 1992 at 2:00 p.m.

By (Audubon, John James, et al.)

New York: Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1992., 1992.. Very good. - Quarto, blue cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & the spine. The covers are slightly stained and faded along the top. 53 & [7] pages illustrated in color throughout. Very good.

$10.00

AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED BY AMERICAN NATURALIST, ORNITHOLOGIST AND EXPLORER WILLIAM BEEBE.
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AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED BY AMERICAN NATURALIST, ORNITHOLOGIST AND EXPLORER WILLIAM BEEBE.

By Beebe, William (1877-1962). American naturalist, ornithologist and explorer.

May 28, 1926., 1926.. Very good. - The words "Why not?" are penned by Beebe on an approximately 2 inch high by 3-1/4 inch wide cream card. Signed and dated "William Beebe / May 28 / 1926". Very good. <p>William Beebe [1877-1962] was an American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer and author. He is best remembered for the numerous expeditions he conducted for the New York Zoological Society, his deep dives in the Bathysphere and his prolific scientific writing for academic and popular audiences. On joining the newly opened New York Zoological Park, he quickly distinguished himself by his skill in designing habitats for the zoo's birds and soon by his research expeditions, including a round-the-world trip to document pheasant populations. With his 1930s dives in the Bathysphere he became the first biologist to observe deep-sea animals in their native environment. He later traveled to the tropics and began to study the behavior of insects. He was a major advocate of conservation and is regarded as one of the founders of the field of ecology.

$45.00

LIVES OF THE HUNTED, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings.
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LIVES OF THE HUNTED, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings.

By Seton-Thompson, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901., 1901.. Very good. - Octavo, pictorial green cloth titled in gilt on the spine & front cover with an illustration stamped in black within a decorative gilt frame on the front cover, a circular vignette in black on the rear cover & decorations in black on the spine. The binding is lightly bumped & rubbed with slight wear to the head and tail of the spine. The spine is and edges of the rear cover are faded with a small ink stain near the tail of the spine. There is light soiling to the rear cover. 360 pages, illustrated with a pictorial title page, several black-and-white plates, vignettes and decorative initials by Ernest Seton-Thompson. There is a light brown stain to one page and a tiny ink stain to another. Very good. <p>First edition, first printing.

$25.00

LIVES OF THE HUNTED, Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five Quadrupeds & Three Birds, and, in Elucidation of the Same, over 200 Drawings.

By Seton-Thompson, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901., 1901.. Very good. - Octavo, pictorial brown cloth titled in gilt on the spine & front cover with an illustration stamped in black within a decorative gilt frame on the front cover, a circular vignette in black on the rear cover & decorations in black on the spine. The binding is lightly bumped & rubbed & the rear cover is faded with some brown staining. The head & tail of the spine are chipped. 360 pages. Illustrated with black-and-white plates & vignettes by the author. There is occasional light soiling. Despite its flaws, a very good, attractive copy. <p>First edition.

$15.00

CONRAD GESNER, PHYSICIAN, SCHOLAR, SCIENTIST 1516-1565: A quatercentenary exhibit.
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CONRAD GESNER, PHYSICIAN, SCHOLAR, SCIENTIST 1516-1565: A quatercentenary exhibit.

By Durling, Richard J.

U.S Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1965., 1965.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in cream-colored wrappers illustrated in black & white. The edges of the wraps are darkened & the top corner of the rear wrap is creased. [iv] & 20 pages, including 4 full-page illustrations in black & white. The contents are very good. Good. <p>Catalog, published by the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, for an exhibition marking the quatercentenary of Conrad Gesner held in November and December 1965 at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. The introduction to the catalog is by Richard J. Durling.<p>Conrad Gesner [1516-1565] was a physician who, though plagued by poverty and ill health, managed to make significant contributions to botany, zoology, bibliography and philology. He was best known in his own time as a botanist and botany was his favorite pursuit throughout his life. The first four volumes of his zoological magnum opus Historia animalium were published between 1551 and 1558. The fifth volume was issued in 1587 after his death at the young age of 49.

$10.00

LOUIS AGASSIZ FUERTES & THE SINGULAR BEAUTY OF BIRDS: Paintings, drawings, letters assembled and edited by Frederick George Marcham.

By Fuertes, Louis Agassiz.

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1971)., (1971).. Very good. - Quarto, light gray cloth titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette of birds stamped in blind on the front cover, in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is very lightly rubbed & soiled with a tear to the top edge of the rear panel. xi & 220 pages. Profusely illustrated with 60 color plates & with illustrations in black & white & color. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper. <p>First edition.<p>The foreword is by Dean Amadon and the introduction by Roger Tory Peterson.

$45.00

THE ROMANCE OF SHELLS IN NATURE AND ART.

By Travers, Louise Allderdice.

NY: M. Barrows and Company, Inc., 1962.. 1962.. Very good. - 8vo, blue cloth backed white cloth (soiled; bottom edge of front cover slightly darkened) titled in gilt with vignette of shell stamped in gilt on front cover. 135 & [1] pp. Blue & white pictorial endpapers, color frontispiece, 5 color plates, B&W textual illustrations & B&W head- & tail- pieces. Fine internally. <p>Limited edition of 400 numbered copies signed by the author.<p>In addition to sections on shell collecting and the decorative uses of shells and shell motifs, the book includes a chapter on "Shell Decoupage: How to Do it", a list of shell shops and dealers, and a brief bibliography.

$10.00

A CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE FAMOUS FALCONER "CHAS" KNIGHT AND THE AMERICAN LECTURE MANAGER JAMES "BIM" POND CONSISTING OF SEVERAL LETTERS TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS & PUBLICITY BROCHURES ADVERTISING HIS LECTURES.

By Knight, Captain Charles "Chas" William Robert (1884-1957). Naturalist and falconer who was known for his lecture tours with his famous Golden Eagle, Mr. Ramshaw.

[1920 through 1956]. Circa [1930].. [1930].. Good. - This small archive and correspondence begins with a retained copy of a typed letter from the American lecture manager James "Bim" Pond to his British colleague Gerald Christy of the Gerald Christy Lecture Agency dated May 4th, 1920 admiring Captain Knight's circulars and requesting that Christy send him "fifty or a hundred" of his booklets as he believes he can secure bookings for Captain "Chas" Knight as soon as October. The retained copy of a second letter to Christy, this one dated August 20th, 1920, is in response to Christy's telegram requesting Pond let him know the "fixed" dates for Knight's lectures. The brief telegram is included. Pond replies that he has not yet set dates since it is hard to do so without "proper advertising equipment". He goes on "I must also confess that I have really little heart for working on these unknown English lecturers when you are so little willing to return the effort and put a little energy on a man such as Vachel Lindsay...." In an Autograph Letter Signed by "Chas" Knight, dated January 25, 1926 and penned on a 6-1/2 inch high by 5 inch wide sheet of creamy white paper with an attached blank leaf, the naturalist & falconer invites Pond to come and hear him lecture in New York. Signed "Chas. R. Knight". By September 24, 1928, Pond has signed a contract with Franklin Fisher of the National Geographic Society for a lecture by Knight. The partially printed document on a 10-7/8 inch high by 8-1/4 inch wide sheet is signed by Pond and Fisher. Franklin Fisher was Director of Illustrations at the National Geographic Magazine. A retained copy of a typed letter by Pond, dated February 4, 1931, addressed to Captain Knight hints at a misunderstanding which has resulted in a rift between the two men. "I have always been terribly sorry that we misunderstood each other...." Apparently Knight had gone on to engage the services of one of Pond's competitors as Pond continues "I have said nothing to you of leaving Miss Smith and returning to me as I have not wanted to do anything to hinder her. However, from what I hear your business is not coming along as it should and I am wondering if you would like to come back. If so, the door is wide open...." On October 11th, 1932, Knight writes an exceedingly friendly typed letter to Pond. In this two-and-a-quarter page letter, Knight informs Pond that he'll be over again in January and "will take the liberty of coming to look you up." He writes of his passion "We've had a great Falconry Season, the best show we've had. My Falcons killed just on 60 Crows and Rooks, and my Gos 114 head of game since the middle of August." He playfully closes by saying that "Ramshaw is in the pink, like wise deep in the moult. He sends his love to his Uncle Bim, and to the charming ladies of the staff...." Signed "Chas". In a 3-page Autograph Letter, dated February 22, 1933 on three sheets of 9-1/2 inch high by 6 inch wide Northern Hotel (Billings, Montana) stationery, Knight writes of his "new film" which he is to show at the Harvard Club in New York City in March and hopes that Pond can be there: "I think I can promise you some refreshment". He closes with news of his eagle Mister Ramshaw "The bloody old Eagle is still going strong. Did ya hear how he 'foiled burglars' at William Huff's house??" Signed "Chas". In a friendly, though sad typed letter signed on 9-1/2 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide light blue air mail paper, dated January 6th, 1956, Knight informs Pond that "So far I have not had any nibbles regarding a return tour." Apparently he'd had a falling out with a promoter named "Mac" and goes on to say "The few dates Mac had obtained for this season have had to be abandoned - as you say there is no telling what he may spread about me. I think the true situation is fairly well known...." He closes with "I feel much depressed, Bim. I wonder what the future has in store for me!" Signed "Chas". Shortly thereafter, on July 3rd, 1956, in a typed letter signed Knight writes "I am really one of the unemployed - except for a few dates I got in the early part of the year and for a T.V. program in which Ramshaw and I appeared...". He then more cheerfully goes on to quote some positive reviews and excerpts. Signed "Chas." Pond has typed annotations in red ink at the top and middle of the letter "Note: I wrote Chas a long amusing (I hope) and cheery letter. Glad he recalled I am alive. Too bad I cant' get over to England, etc. BUT...." <p>Together with 10 original sienna-toned candid photographs, each measuring 3-14 inches high by 4-3/8 inches wide, housed with the original negatives in the photo processor's printed photo envelope. Several of the images depict Captain Knight with his majestic eagle, Mr. Ramshaw, while others depict Ramshaw in flight or landing upon a perch or branch. A few especially stand out as capturing the relationship between Captain Knight and his eagle.<p>The collection also includes 6 brochures advertising lectures by Captain Knight. Each brochure measures approximately 11 inches high by 8- 3/4 inches wide. Among these are a 6-page brochure on "Capt. C.W.R. Knight's latest achievement 'African Adventure' The Story of a 14,000 mile journey to film a bird!" This brochure for a lecture under the agency of Gerald Christy circa 1920, is lacking the cover sheet and its last sheet is detached. Another, a 2-page brochure for a 1938 lecture promoted by William B. Feakins is titled "Capt. Knight's latest and best lecture: 'Monarchs of the Air'". A 2-page 1938 brochure for a lecture promoted by Wiliam B. Feakins, Inc., is titled "'The Leopard of the Air' A Pictorial Record of the National Geographic Society South African Expedition (1937- 38)". A four-page brochure for a 1934 lecture under the agency of William B. Feakins is titled "Monarchs of the African Veldt". Another, this one for a 1936 lecture promoted by Feakins is titled "Two Enthralling Motion Picture Lectures by the Incomparable Capt. C.W.R. Knight: 'Monarchs of the African Veldt' - 'Wild Life in Old World England'". And a slightly smaller 4-page brochure for a 1940 lecture promoted by Feakins is illustrated with a photograph of Knight's famous Martial Eagle "Mr. Ramshaw" on the front cover. This brochure is titled "'The Most Entertaining Man on the Platform' Capt. C.W.R. Knight with two thrilling motion pictures and lectures 'Comedians of the Tree-Tops' (Rare Adventures with Eagles) and 'The Leopart of the Air'". All of these brochures are illustrated. All are folded and several have some minor creasing and occasional tears along the edges of the folds.<p>In addition, there are 2 copies of Pond's flyers for Knight's lecture "Wild Life in the Tree Tops" and an 8-page issue of "The Stoll Herald" for 1927 promoting forthcoming attractions and including a two-page illustrated centerfold for Knight's film: "For Three Days Only. Exclusive to this Theatre, The Filming of The Golden Eagle By Captain C.W.R. Knight".<p>Charles William Robert Knight (1884-1957) served as a sniper with the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment during the First World War, all the while observing wildlife. He even wrote an article "Wildlife in the Trenches" while serving on the front. Working for a tobacconist, he developed a living selling photographs and articles on birds. He soon went on to give lectures on the subject and, in 1924, gave a display of falconry at Wembley Stadium. An authority on falconry, he became best known however for his work with eagles. His 1927 film of eyries in Scotland "The Filming of the Golden Eagle" garnered him recognition. His lectures and appearances gained even more appeal when he developed a relationship with "Mr. Ramshaw", an eagle he discovered in the London Zoo, and with whom he toured the country and Europe. Setting off on a lecture tour to America during the Battle of Britain in 1940, his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. Forced to abandon ship leaving Mr. Ramshaw in the cargo hold, the despondent Knight was delighted to hear that, not only had the ship not sunk, but was rescued and towed to shore by a British destroyer. The two, inseparable by now, were reunited. In 1955, Mr. Ramshaw, had a cameo role in the film "Geordie" starring Bill Travers and Alistair Sim. Though Mr. Ramshaw was listed in the credits, his trainer Charles Knight was not.

$750.00

KATAHDIN SKYLINES.

By Leavitt, H. Walter.

Orono, ME: University of Maine Press, June 1946.. June 1946.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial white wrappers. The binding is lightly bumped & soiled with some light creasing. The lower half of the front wrap is detached & the spine is darkened with the head chipped & a piece out of the tail. xiii, [i] & 99 pages. Numerous black-and-white illustrations, 2 folding maps in the rear, of which 1 is in color, & 2 extra folding maps laid in. The contents are very good. Good. <p>Second Revised edition.<p>Maine Technology Experiment Station Paper No. 40. The Foreword is by Myron H. Avery, Chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference.

$25.00

JOURNEY OF THE PINK DOLPHINS: An Amazon Quest. WITH A TYPED LETTER TO PETER MATTHIESSEN SIGNED BY SY MONTGOMERY

By Montgomery, Sy,

(New York): Simon & Schuster, (2000)., (2000).. Very good. ADVANCED UNCORRECTED PROOF WITH A TYPED LETTER TO PETER MATTHIESSEN SIGNED BY SY MONTGOMERY - Octavo, softcover bound in white printed wrappers. There are a few tiny gray marks to the front wrap. 317 pages, without the illustrations which appeared in the released edition. Blank numbered spaces for the illustrations are framed in light grey throughout. The top edge of the book is lightly foxed. Very good. <p>Advanced Uncorrected Proof, without the illustrations which appeared in the released edition. Blank numbered spaces for the illustrations are framed in light grey throughout.<p>Laid in is a typed letter to Peter Matthiessen dated 10 September 1999 and signed "Sy", alerting him that an advance copy of the book is on its way to him. "I chose the charismatic pink dolphin as a sort of guide to the Amazon, and my quest to better understand the animal provides the framework to my journeys. But actually, like all my work, and much of yours, this book is one long plea for protecting the lifeblood of this place, disguised as a narrative...."

$25.00

OUTDOORS: A Personal Selection from Twenty Years of Columns from The New York Times

By (Wolff, Glen). Bryant, Nelson

New York: Simon and Schuster, (1990).. (1990).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The binding is bumped & there is some minor soiling to the dust jacket. 368 pages. Illustrated in black & white with a pictorial title & pictorial section titles by Glen Wolff. Very good. <p>First edition.<p>Nelson Bryant's outdoor activities include fishing and hunting, foraging, bird-watching and stargazing.

$25.00

INTRODUCTION A L'HISTOIRE, ou Recherches sur les dernieres revolutions du globe, et sur les plus anciens peuples connus. Par M. E. G. Lenglet, Ex-L

By Lenglet, E[tienne]. G[ery]. (1757-1834)

Paris: Verdiere, libraire, 1812.. 1812.. Fair. - Octavo, softcover bound in gray wrappers. The book is disbound and the front wrapper is lacking. x, 341 & [3] pp. Page 207 is skipped in numbering with no loss of text. Illustrated with 2 folding tables, 1 of them a genealogical table, & 1 B&W plate. A good copy, well worth binding. <p>First edition.<p>Very scarce.

$50.00

CAUGHT IN THE FADING LIGHT: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature
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CAUGHT IN THE FADING LIGHT: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature

By Thorp, Gary,

New York: Walker and Company, (2002).. (2002).. Fine. SIGNED BY GARY THORP AND WITH AN AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - Octavo, boards in a dust wrapper. xvii & 187 pages. Black-and-white pictorial section titles. Near fine. <p>First edition.<p>Signed by Gary Thorp on the title page. Also with an autograph note laid in from the author to Peter Matthiessen: "Dear Peter:/ Lee Swenson suggested you might like to see this-- / All the best, / Gary".<p>In the form of a literary diary, "Caught in the Fading Light" recounts Gary Thorp's quest to see a mountain lion or cougar in the wild. He spent three years walking the hills and mountains of northern California, both by daylight and in darkness, exploring both the natural world and his own emotional and spiritual experiences.

$25.00

SEED ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF TEMPERATE AND BOREAL ZONE FOREST TREES
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SEED ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF TEMPERATE AND BOREAL ZONE FOREST TREES

By Farmer, Robert E., Jr

Delray Beach, Florida: St. Lucie Press, (1997).. (1997).. Very good. INSCRIBED TO PETER MATTHIESSEN AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, ROB FARMER, WITH HIS OWN FAMILY TREE - Quarto, 10-1/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches wide. Printed light green & gray boards, titled in green, black & white. The corners of the covers as well as head and tail of the spine and top edge are bumped xiii, [i] & 253 pages with textual illustrations of charts. Very good. <p>First edition.<p>Inscribed to Peter Matthiessen by the author Rob Farmer on the front endpaper. Beneath the inscription, Farmer has also penned his own family tree.

$75.00

EARLY HERBALS FROM THE LIBRARY OF DR. F. W. T. HUNGER VOORSCHOTEN. To be sold by auction November 7,1951

By (Hunger, Dr. F. W. T.)

Amsterdam, International Antiquariaat, 1951.. 1951.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed light tan wrappers. The binding is lightly bumped with the spine & extremities darkened and the head and tail of the spine chipped. There is a small, light stain to the rear wrap. 52 pages. Illustrated in black & white with a frontispiece portrait & numerous facsimiles. Part of the surface of the verso of the frontispiece has been rubbed away. The top page corners are lightly bumped. Good. <p>Dr. F. W. T. Hunger was a historian of the botanical sciences,specializing in classical and sixteenth-century herbals. This auction catalog lists forty items from his collection. The text is in English.

$10.00

TYPED LETTER ABOUT A BEETLE SIGNED BY GLENN W. HERRICK.
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TYPED LETTER ABOUT A BEETLE SIGNED BY GLENN W. HERRICK.

By Herrick, Glenn W. (1870-1965). Entomologist. Author of "Insects Injurious to the Household" and other works.

Ithaca, NY: July 23, 1932., 1932.. Very good. - 49 words typed on a sheet of New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University / Cornell University Agricultural Research Station letterhead, 10-1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide, with the address and "Department of Entomology" printed at the top. Dated "July 23, 1932". Signed "Glenn W. Herrick". The bottom right corner of the letter is bumped. Folded 3 times for mailing. Very good. <p>Herrick writes to a correspondent in Poughkeepsie, New York: "I can say to you that the small beetles you sent me were not the black vine weevil. This vine weevil is five or six times as large and wellknown to all of us...."

$10.00

ONE MAN'S ISLAND: A Naturalist's Year

By (Mathiessen, Peter; Donadio, Candida). Brockie, Keith

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1984).. (1984).. Very good. - Quarto [10-7/8 inches high by 8-3/8 inches wide], light gray cloth in a dust wrapper. There is some very light foxing to the top corner of the front cover with some score marks to the top edge of the rear cover. There are a few small, light stains to the top edge of the dust jacket front panel with scoremarks to the rear panel. The edges of the rear flap are darkened & foxed. 150 pages. Unpaginated preliminaries & introduction plus 150 pages of illustrations by author-illustrator in color and black & white. Very good. <p>First edition.<p>The present copy of this book, gorgeously illustrated by artist-naturalist Keith Brockie, was given to Peter Matthiessen by his agent Candida Donadio. Laid in is an autograph letter signed "Love, Candida", sending Matthiessen the book and referring to "Brockie's beautiful, attentive drawings". Donadio's clients included such authors as Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, Robert Stone, Michael Herr and Mario Puzo.

$75.00

BIRDS IN LITERATURE

By Churchill, Abby P

Worcester, MA: The Davis Press, Inc., 1911.. 1911.. Good. - Octavo, dark green cloth. The binding is rubbed with some light staining to the covers & with the corners of the covers chipped. The head & tail of the spine are chipped & frayed. 189 pages plus 1-page publisher's catalog. Illustrated with color plates. The bottom corners of a few pages of the preliminaries are creased. Ex-library with a handwritten label on the spine, library labels removed from the front pastedown & endpaper and handwritten numerals on the verso of the title page & the first text page. There is a tear to page 17. Good. <p>Second edition.<p>A brightly illustrated compilation of literary quotations about birds in prose and poetry.

$15.00

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