Aliki [Brandenberg, Aliki Liacouras] | Digging Up Dinosaurs
First edition, first printing. Inscribed and with a drawing of a dinosaur by the author on the half title, “To Jeff! Aliki”, and with a gift inscription in a different hand on the front free endpaper, “To Jeff, Merry Christmas ‘82, from all your family, we love you”. Rare inscribed.
Digging Up Dinosaurs is a classic, one of the few children’s books to focus on the day-to-day work of palaeontology rather than the dinosaurs themselves, and is still in print after nearly forty years. Among the topics it covers are fossil formation; early paleontologists; how fossils are located and excavated, including the work of photographers and draftspersons, and the use of shellac and plaster of Paris; and how they are processed and then mounted for display using metal supports and fiberglass casts.
In addition to being narrated by a young girl, the book was ahead of its time in depicting many women working as scientists, as well as acknowledging the contributions of Gideon Mantell’s wife Mary Ann. In later editions more Black scientists have been added to the illustrations, including the cover.
...And Putting Them Together Again. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1981.
Oblong quarto. Original pictorial boards. Illustrations throughout. Ownership signature of Jeff Reaser to the rear pastedown. Boards rubbed and toned, hinges cracked at the head and tail of the spine, old tape repair to the tail of the spine, corners lightly bumped and worn. A very good copy.