Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1905. first edition. 8 5/8" x 6 1/2", (22 cm x 16cm), xxiv, 4, 341 pages. with 160 black and white illustrations after photographs from life by the author. Herbert Job (1864-1933) was a lecturer, bird photographer, and the economic ornithologist of Connecticut. A letter from President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking of a Job book, follows the preface, with a facsimile of his handwriting and signature in the postscript. Job accompanied Roosevelt on several of his natural-history trips, and in this book ranges widely from egrets in Florida to the shore birds of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with chapters on owls and hawks, some of it close to his home base in Kent, Connecticut. President Roosevelt, though unwilling to give up a gun with which to kill y"varmints", very much liked Job's substitution of a camera. There is an owner's signature and bookplate on the front endpapers, otherwise this is a very good copy bound in gilt-stamped blue cloth with a gilt design of birds on the front and back covers and spine, just lightly shelf-rubbed. Highly readable.
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