Natural History

Natural History


  • 'The Planetary Garden' and Other Writings

    By Gilles Clement

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812247121
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: June 2015
  • 39.95: Louisiana's Undiscovered Wilderness

    By Julia Sims

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781589805293
    • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
    • Published: February 2008
    Manchac Swamp marks the book-length debut of a little-known but superbly talented nature photographer as she reveals an equally undiscovered exotic locale in south Louisiana. Veiled behind dense drapes of Spanish moss and walls of cypresses, and accessible only by water, Manchac Swamp is a wilderness jewel known mainly to those who for generations have dwelled in and around it, arduously earning their sustenance from its waters and wildlife. Drawn to the swamp's mystery and eventually captivated by its peace, photographer Julia Sims spent fifteen years determinedly, patiently penetrating its secrets. What she has hunted from boat and blind, and skillfully trapped on film, are the many moods, flora, and fauna of this hidden world. Now, in this stunning album of her photographs, a glimpse of that quintessential Louisiana place in its seasonal variations is offered to all.Sims's artistry is grounded in photographic technique as well as in her skill as a wildlife observer. Even in the uncontrolled setting of nature she creates images of masterly composition, and breathtaking uses of light and color are hallmarks of her work.In an evocative introduction to the book, John Kemp draws upon his interviews with several of the swamp's residents to describe how they make their living there, trapping and hunting every variety of animal--turtle, muskrat, nutria, lizard, snake, frog, alligator, rabbit, squirrel, duck, mink, otter, crawfish. But the locals, who have befriended Sims and lead her to choice spots for photographing, say that Manchac is not the same as it once was. Land subsidence and the influx of salt water are among several factors that are causing what some predict will be the swamp's inevitable death. As deteriorating environmental conditions reduce or eliminate wildlife, there is, in turn, a diminished harvest for trappers, hunters, and fishermen--and a diminished heritage for all of us.In some respects, Sims's Manchac Swamp is a heartbreakingly beautiful collection of photographs. It heralds a marvel of secluded wilderness even as it documents the area's accelerating decline. In her expert capture of the ephemeral, Sims has made timeless the people and place of Manchac Swamp.Julia Sims is one of the premier photographers of Louisiana's wildlife. Her work has appeared in virtually every nature magazine including National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra, Birder's World, and Ducks Unlimited. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, about fifty miles north of New Orleans.John Randolph Kemp, a native New Orleanian, is the New Orleans correspondent for Art & Antiques and ARTnews magazines and a frequent contributor to American Artist magazine. In addition, he has written about art, history, and New Orleans for many other national and regional magazines and publications. His numerous books include Rolland Golden: The Journeys of a Southern Artist, Alan Flattmann's French Quarter Impressions, and Vanishing Paradise: Duck Hunting in the Louisiana Marsh, all published by Pelican. He covers the New Orleans art scene for WYES New Orleans public television. He is deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • A General System of Horsemanship

    By William Cavendish

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781570761515
    • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
    • Published: April 2000
    Facsimile reproduction of the edition of 1743.
  • A Guide to Bearded Irises

    By Kelly D. Norris

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781604692082
    • Publisher: Workman Pub Co
    • Published: May 2012
    Presents information about cultivating irises for experts and novices, including how to grow them successfully, choose the most appropriate plants, and how to hybridize new varieties.
  • A Medieval Bestiary

    By T.J. Elliott

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Godine
    • Published: 1971
    4to. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION. One of 900 copies. Faint toning along hinges and board spine. Shelfwear to d.j. with chipping to spine ends. Tearing to bottom margins of rear panel. Toning along spine, verso of d.j. VG/VG in VG slipcase.
  • A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense

    By Bernard E. Rollin

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780826221018
    • Publisher: University of Missouri
    • Published: September 2016
  • A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place

    By Marietta O'Byrne

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781604697599
    • Publisher: Timber Press
    • Published: May 2018
    Imagine the ideal garden: choice botanical treasures mingle in exquisite harmonies and contrasts. Every site, whether sunny, shady, wet, or dry, overflows with color. Beautifully conceived borders unfold, one after another. The plants are well tended and bursting with health. This is the actual garden of Marietta and Ernie O'Byrne, and in these pages they reveal the secrets of creating and maintaining their leafy paradise. Gardeners of every level of skill will come away from the book enriched and informed by the O'Byrnes' wisdom, experience, and deep love of plants.
  • Abominable Snowmen

    By Ivan T. Sanderson

    Our Price: $36.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781602068858
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: October 2007
  • Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers

    By Greg Starr

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781604691986
    • Publisher: Timber Press
    • Published: May 2012
    Introduces agaves, discusses how to grow them outside their native areas and distinguish between the different species, and shows the dramatic changes in species by sharing photographs of young and mature plants.
  • Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology

    By Edward H. Burtt

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674072558
    • Publisher: Belknap Press
    • Published: May 2013
    Burtt and Davis, Jr bring more evidence to support Scottish poet and labor activist, Alexander Wilson, as the real Father of American Ornithology, not John James Audubon. They include previously unpublished drawings. Wilson was a peripatetic eighteenth-century Scotsman, nature lover, poet, and labor activist, whose political activities precipitated his emigration to America in 1794. He promptly fell in love with North American birds and the wilderness. More bird species are named after him than any other American ornithologist. In his lifetime he traveled 12,000 miles by every manner of transport setting up a network of observers. He discovered new species and wrote myriad accounts of indigenous birds as well as sketched them in their native habitats in a manner unlike traditional biological illustration. His bird poses assisted identification for field guides. Audubon was the most well-know of the naturalists who were inspired by Wilson's work. He authored the first major scientific work to be published in the U.S., the illustrated, nine-volume American Ornithology. Five years before his death, he delivered a copy of American Ornithology to then President Jefferson, who discussed with him the assertion of the Europeans that American flora and fauna were simply degenerate forms of European ones. Wilson died of dysentery in 1813, at the age of 47, having put his mark not only on ornithology, but the study of animal behavior, ecology, and early American literature as well. Coming out on the bicentennial of his death this book represents the first time most of Wilson's drawings and plates have been reproduced. The book is beautifully illustrated with drawings and tables, and includes appendixes, notes, and bibliography. Belknap Press is an imprint of Harvard U. Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    By James Herriot

    Our Price: $30.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781410448347
    • Publisher: Thorndike Press
    • Published: June 2012
  • All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming

    By Gene Logsdon

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780804010689
    • Publisher: SWALLOW PRESS
    • Published: November 2004
    Amidst Mad Cow Scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed, and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers, and forbs are the natural diet of livestock, and are vital supplements to poultry. In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable - virtual salads for livestock. His profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. And his narrative is enriched by his own experience as a 'contrary farmer' on his artisan scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
  • American Plants for American Gardens

    By Edith A. Roberts

    Our Price: $36.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780820318516
    • Publisher: The University of Georgia Press
    • Published: December 1996
    Undeservedly out of print for decades, American Plants for American Gardens was one of the first popular books to promote the use of plant ecology and native plants in gardening and landscaping. Emphasizing the strong links between ecology and aesthetics, nature and design, the book demonstrates the basic, practical application of ecological principles to the selection of plant groups or "associations" that are inherently suited to a particular climate, soil, topography, and lighting. Specifically, American Plants for American Gardens focuses on the vegetation concentrated in the northeastern United States, but which extends from the Atlantic Ocean west to the Alleghenies and south to Georgia.The plant community settings featured include the open field, hillside, wood and grove, streamside, ravine, pond, bog, and seaside. Plant lists and accompanying texts provide valuable information for the design and management of a wide range of project types: residential properties, school grounds, corporate office sites, roadways, and parks.
  • Among School Gardens (Classic Reprint)

    By M. Louise Greene

    Our Price: $33.45
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780331766356
    • Publisher: Forgotten Books