English, Douglas

The Douglas English Nature Books No. 1. The Shrew-mouse, Dormouse...

  • Probable first edition of this early work of nature photography published in a more well-known version by Cassell & Co. in 1909 as One Hundred Photographs from Life of the Shrew-Mouse, Dormouse... This edition seems to be less common, and it may be that this book and its companion volume on birds were first published in a small print run by the lesser known Bousfield and Company before being picked up by Cassells.

    The first book on wildlife to be illustrated with actual photographs (rather than wood engravings based on photographs) was British Birds' Nests, by Richard and Cherry Kearton (1895). Douglas English’s volume on mammals and its companion volume on birds (photographed by the well-known wildlife photographer R. B. Lodge, credited as the first to photograph a bird in the wild) followed soon after, and were certainly among the earliest inexpensive books of wildlife photos. They include 100 illustrations each, combining both wild-taken and staged photos, and also include extensive notes on the natural history of the animals depicted. English was himself a prominent wildlife photographer, serving as the first president of the Zoological Photographic Club, founded in 1899. In 1913 he launched the club’s magazine Wild Life, which featured the best nature photography of the period.

  • ...House-mouse, Field-mouse, Meadow-mouse, and Harvest-mouse. Photographed from Life and Described...

    London: Bousfield and Company, Ltd., [first decade of the 20th century].

    Octavo. Original grey wrappers printed in black, pictorial paste-on to the upper wrapper. Frontispiece, illustrated title, and 30 plates, 2-page chart at rear, integral 2-page publisher’s ads on the final leaf and inside lower wrapper. Booksellers ticket of Harry Johnson & Nephew, Cambridge to the inside of the upper wrapper. Spine rolled, contents shaken, wrappers rubbed with some wear and creasing affecting the tanned spine, which is split at the tail, some small marks and spots to wrappers, gutter cracked at pp. 65-65, spotting to some leaves, particularly the first leaf of the text and the final few leaves. Good condition.





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