"Charmer of serpents - why not try the birds?": First Edition of Roger Tory Peterson's First Book A Field Guide to the Birds; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.
First edition, third state with the date on title page of Tory Peterson’s first book. Octavo, original green pebbled cloth, illustrated with 4 color plates with printed overlays, 32 monochrome plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Claire Kelly, charmer of serpents – why not try the birds? – Roger T. Peterson (Dictator) – C.M. Beal (Interpreter).” The recipient Claire Kelly, while a student at Cornell dated Peterson’s personal assistant C.M. Beal and at the time she was also working with snakes at the Museum of Natural History. In very good condition with some light dampstaining.
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