New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1931. Crowder, William. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 469 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #17052011
Written in 1931 by noted marine biologist William Crowder, this detailed guide to representative species of nearly all types of invertebrate animals of the North American Atlantic coast includes 571 species. This guidebook is known for its clarity and ease of use as an expert reference manual - perfect for beginners and advanced readers.
A lovely book in and of itself, with pictorial endpapers, a lovely publisher's binding, and the original dust jacket.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in violet cloth, the front blind-stamped and with an art deco gilt illustration and gilt lettering on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, fore-edge uncut, decorative blue endpapers patterned with large illustrations of squid, frontispiece is a full-colour illustration of "Coral Reef scene near Key West" with lettered tissue guard, title page in black and blue with decorative blue border in the form of scallop shells, the volume is "profusely illustrated with a colored frontispiece, halftones and more than 450 line drawings by the author" (from dust jacket flap), chapters include a discussion of "Seashore Life" and "Collecting", followed by "Protozoa", "Porifera", "Coelenterata", "Vermes", "Molluscoidea", "Annelida", "Echnodermata", "Arthropoda", "Mollusca", and "Chordata"; octavo size (approximately 9.25" tall), pagination: (i-viii), (1)-461. The dust jacket shows the original price of $7.50, with a wrap-around illustration of squid on a yellow background, black lettering outlined in pink on the front cover, black lettering on the spine, a summary of the book on the front flap, back flap blank.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine overall with the binding clean and unworn other than some sunning at the head and tail of the spine, the gilt on the front is bright, the corners and straight and unrubbed, the text block is square and strong with solid hinges, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there is light foxing to the text block edges, which on a few pages is evident on the edges due to being uncut. The dust jacket has not been price-clipped, it is very good overall with only minimal stray soil marks and minor wear to the panels and flaps; the spine has been sunned and has considerable edgwear mostly at the head, which has some slight loss.
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