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Walt Disney's African Lion, Algar, James (text); Alfred and Elma Milotte (photographs)
1 Algar, James (text); Alfred and Elma Milotte (photographs) Walt Disney's African Lion
New York Simon and Schuster, in collaboration with Marc Barraud - Geneva [1956] NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, but now protected by a custom-fitted mylar wrapper) [a very nice copy, the covers a little bit rubbed and with one tiny surface nick to the front cover and a short scrape to the rear cover, in both instances exposing a little bit of white beneath the otherwise black surface; there is also a neatly-inked gift inscription (dated April 1957) on the ffep]. (color photographs) Beautifully-produced companion volume to the 1955 Disney "True-Life Adventure Film" THE AFRICAN LION. Per the statement on the copyright page, the book was "designed by Armand A. Bigle and produced by Marc Barraud from the original French language edition 'Walt Disney Lions d'Afrique' [published in 1955]," and was printed in Switzerland. The text, in this edition at least, was credited to James Algar, who began at the Disney studio as an animator in 1934, but after the war was made principal director (and later producer) of the studio's "True-Life Adventure" series of nature documentaries, which were produced between 1948 and 1960. The highlight of the book, though, are the color photographs of African wildlife (not just lions!) by Alfred and Elma [typo'd as "Emma" in the book's introduction, over Walt Disney's signature] Milette, which are tipped onto the pages throughout. (The volume has been carefully checked, and all photos are present and attached; mostly they are 7" x 3-1/2" or 3-1/2" x 3-1/2", although there are seven full-page (7" x 7-1/2") prints.) The Milottes, independent filmmakers before going under contract to Disney in the late 1940s, received cinematography credit on the earlier True-Life Adventure films (which until 1953 were all short subjects) and also on THE AFRICAN LION itself; the series earned a total of eight Academy Awards for the Disney studio, although this particular film wasn't nominated. I can't quite account for the scarcity of nice examples (or any examples) of this book in the current marketplace, but I suspect it may be due to many copies having been either sold to libraries, or placed in the hands of children -- both environments which would have been highly detrimental to the survival of the tipped-on photos. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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The Flight of the Condor; a wildlife exploration of the Andes [*SIGNED*], Andrews, Michael Alford
2 Andrews, Michael Alford The Flight of the Condor; a wildlife exploration of the Andes [*SIGNED*]
London Collins / British Broadcasting Corporation 1982 0-00-219545-3 / 9780002195454 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[no discernible wear to book; jacket similarly nice, with just one tiny tear and associated wrinkling/edgewear along top edge of rear panel]. (B&W and color photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the verso of the half-title page, to a colleague: "___ / Thanks for helping to / make the series such a success / and winning the 'best of the festival' / award with Prog 3 at Missoula 1982. / Mike Andrews." Per the jacket blurb: "It takes courage, persistence and inspiration to capture on film this vast kaleidoscope of raw Nature. Michael Andrews resolved for the BBC TV Natural History Unit to do just this, meeting the challenge of the contintent of superlatives my making the most comprehensive and wide-ranging filmic exploration of the Andes to date. In this book, based on that series, Michael Andrews describes in vivid detail the landscape and ecology, the flora and fauna." Signed by Author 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Rosy Is My Relative, Durrell, Gerald
3 Durrell, Gerald Rosy Is My Relative
New York The Viking Press 1968 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ellen Raskin 
[very nice book, tight and clean with no discernible wear; the jacket is very lightly browned at spine but remarkably clean considering the non-coated stock; all in all a lovely copy in collectable condition]. The first novel by this beloved British naturalist and zookeeper was (undoubtedly to no one's great surprise) about an animal: in this case an elephant (Rosy) who is bequeathed to a fellow named Adrian Rookwhistle, who takes her on the road in an attempt to find her a suitable home with a circus, a quest that's complicated and enlivened by the pachyderm's "fondness for strong drink." Set around the turn of the century (i.e. 1900), it's an "almost-true story," in the telling of which the author "has embroidered a bit on the known facts." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Literary Horse: Great Modern Stories About Horses, Golden, Lilly, ed.
4 Golden, Lilly, ed. The Literary Horse: Great Modern Stories About Horses
New York The Atlantic Monthly Press (c.1995) 0-87113-595-7 / 9780871135957 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Gall 
[minor shelfwear and light soiling to bottom edge of boards, otherwise tight and clean; jacket shows only light surface wear, mild scuffing]. Horse stories by a wide range of writers -- Rudyard Kipling, Patricia Highsmith, Liam O'Flaherty, Thorne Smith, Clarice Lispector, Saki, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Catherine Petroski, Wallace Stegner, Manuel Buaken, Joyce Cary, John O'Hara, Beryl Markham, Gretel Ehrlich, James Salter, Kay Boyle, Elizabeth Spencer, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Pam Houston, Tess Slesinger, Rick Bass -- selected to present, in the editor's words, "a modern, complex look at the ageless relationship between horses and people." The jacket blurb also notes that the book "disproves the notion that horse stories are only for children" (which I think I figured out as soon as I saw Patricia Highsmith's name among the contributors). 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Foxes, Harriss, R.P. [Robert Preston]
5 Harriss, R.P. [Robert Preston] The Foxes
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy with almost no actual wear, but some unfortunate spotting/staining to top page edges (interior of book is completely unaffected, however); jacket lightly scuffed, closed tears and associated horizontal crease across top of front panel, small chip at top rear joint]. "A unique and beautiful novel built around the life -- animal and human -- of a Southern plantation." Ostensibly about fox-hunting -- the jacket copy lauds the hunting scenes as "thrilling beyond description," and touts the book's qualities as a "sporting book" -- but in fact it's much more about the animals themselves, and the passage of the seasons on the decaying plantation. Although both the hounds and the foxes are personalized (the latter in particular followed from the time they are cubs), and numerous other animal "characters" are given names (Gutch, Nip, Blaze, Gyp, etc.), they are not anthropomorphized in some cutesy quasi-Disney manner. Less important in the overall narrative, but still of note, is the depiction of the relationship between the plantation's African-American residents and the white owner, called only "the Captain." The only novel by this author, a longtime Baltimore newspaper columnist and editorial writer, and quite scarce. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Realm of the Green Buddha, Koch-Isenburg, Ludwig (translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston)
6 Koch-Isenburg, Ludwig (translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston) The Realm of the Green Buddha
New York The Viking Press 1962 (c.1959) 1st U.S. ed. Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[solid clean copy, mild browning to page edges; jacket has a few small tears, moderate overall wear]. (B&W photographs) Subtitled "Jungle Adventures in Search of Animal Friends," the book tells the story of the author's journey to the Far East, which was inspired by Koko, a white-hand gibbon who was part of his "household zoo" in Frankfurt. Per the jacket blurb, the author was often called "a poet among travel-book authors"; originally published in Germany in 1959, this was the first of his works to be translated into English. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Complete Field Guide to Kitty Cat Positions, Miles, Linda, & Betty Wilson
7 Miles, Linda, & Betty Wilson The Complete Field Guide to Kitty Cat Positions
Stamford CT Longmeadow Press (c.1993) 0-681-41788-9 / 9780681417885 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, very slight wear at lower edge of rear cover]. Trade PB (line drawings) An "authoritative and ground-breaking field guide [that] gives the common and scientific names of more than 90 kitty cat positions," such as Newspaper Kitty (Felis obstructus), Box Kitty (Felis geometricus), Hairball Kitty (Felis upchuckus)...you get the idea. Pretty cute, if you like watching your cats. And I do! 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Ska-Denge (Beaver for Revenge), Rogers, Lou
8 Rogers, Lou Ska-Denge (Beaver for Revenge)
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by the author 
[nice fresh copy, minimal shelfwear, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light surface wear (mostly to rear panel), minor crinkling at spine ends, tiny tears at base of spine and at top rear corner]. (color frontispiece, B&W drawings) A "thrilling story of the world of woods and swamps, of lake and stream, of mountain crags and hidden caves, as absorbingly interesting as the most exciting human drama." Our intrepid hero is "Red Alder," "the chief of a brave and shrewd beaver tribe," who had also been the protagonist of the author's previous adventure in this vein, "The Rise of the Red Alders," published in 1928 and lauded on the jacket flap as The Outstanding Animal Book of the Year (although it's unmentioned who dubbed it thus). At any rate, I gather that Red is a pretty tough customer -- he bares his teeth quite often in the book's illustrations, while taking on all manner of wildcats, weasels, eagles and other predatory types. Lou Rogers (aka Lou Rogers Wehlitz) was apparently a North Carolina author, although I've so far been unable to come up with any significant background on her. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Double Trouble, Tovey, Doreen
9 Tovey, Doreen Double Trouble
New York W. W. Norton & Company (c.1972) 0-393-08547-3 / 9780393085471 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Maurice Wilson 
[great-looking copy, tight and clean, no discernible wear; jacket shows faint surface rubbing, minor edgewear at bottom of rear panel]. (drawings) One of a series of novels by this author about various Siamese cats, this one about a "lovable, mischievous, domineering" pair who "tumble through the pages of this book, producing chaos at every turn." (++) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Raff, The Jungle Bird: The Story of Our Talking Mynah [*SIGNED*], Wells, Zetta and Carveth
10 Wells, Zetta and Carveth Raff, The Jungle Bird: The Story of Our Talking Mynah [*SIGNED*]
New York Robert M. McBride and Company (c.1941) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by W.R. Lohse 
[very light bumping at several corners, small newspaper obituary of Raffles affixed to ffep]. (pen and ink drawings) SIGNED by the authors on the half-title page (Zetta with her first name only, Carveth with his full name and with an additional small sketch of an elephant added). The story, told by the noted explorer/world traveler/lecturer/filmmaker Wells and his wife, of their discovery, adoption, training and exploitation (most of which still lay ahead when the book was published) of what undoubtedly was the most famous Mynah bird in history (has there even been another?) -- or perhaps I should say Mynah birds, since rather than retiring the "Raffles" name after the initial bird croaked (sorry) of pneumonia in 1947, it was subsequently bestowed on at least one bird (and who knows how many more). Actually, Mr. Wells himself fell off life's perch in February 1957, but Zetta and the chatty bird carried on -- or tried to, anyway. Later that same year she appeared with the then-current "Raffles" on the TV quiz show "You Bet Your Life," on which occasion the bird in question let down the side (and tarnished his heritage) by failing to respond to most of Zetta's cues, to the bemusement of host Groucho Marx. (Thanks to YouTube, it's possible to view this entire hilarious episode online. It's not recorded whether or not this national TV debacle forced Zetta and the Reluctant Raffles into ignominious retirement.) The original Raffles had made numerous appearances in veterans' hospitals, and according to Wells (quoted in the obituary affixed to the front endpaper) "sold $1,000,000 in War Bonds by his own efforts and, on the air with Eddie Cantor, sold $3,000,000 more." The only thing that surprises me about the whole thing is that nobody's yet composed a Wikipedia page about Raffles (or about Carveth Wells, who was a pretty interesting guy, for that matter). Signed by All Authors 
Price: 125.00 USD
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