The Natural History of Mammals, by François Bourlière. 1954 First American Edition copy of The Natural History of Mammals. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1954. Originally published in France as ‘Vie et Moeurs des Mammifères’, 1951.
This is the 1954 First American Edition (stated). This 1st edition is substantially less in print than the subsequent printings and more often than not, found without the Dust Jacket. (1962 was the last year printed with orange dustjacket, 1964 was the third edition release with a green dust jacket).
The condition of this copy is A + Condition, everything is clean and tight. The dustjacket is in Good condition with colours bright and unfaded. You will be hard-pressed to find another 1954 First American Edition in such immaculate condition with the dust jacket in as lovely condition as this fine copy. 361 pages, plus index.
Book Synopsis (by Kirkus Reviews):
Superb and, to anyone sufficiently informed as to background and terminology, an excellent synthesis of the life history and habits of the world’s mammals. The author is young but already an outstanding French zoologist. His style is lively, exciting reading- not a dull page. The content is highly scientific; sound information but different in presentation from any other book in its field. While the subject matter follows the usual pattern of books about mammals,- feeding habits, defence and protection, sexual life, etc., the way it is handled is unique. One reader reports to us- “I consider this the best and most interesting book I have read in the field — and I’ve read extensively.” A Must item for museum libraries, public libraries of any size, science libraries- and the interested layman.
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