Camp-Fires on Desert and Lava. William T. Hornaday.

Camp-Fires on Desert and Lava

New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 1908.

First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. pp xix, 366, + 4 (ads). Extensively illustrated with photographs (some colored), 2 maps. Red cloth w/gilt lettering, teg, mounted illustration of bighorn sheep. Minor wear to extremities, spine a bit faded (but fully legible), gift inscription ("XMAS 1908") on front endpaper. Binding tight and square, text unmarked. Account of a botanical/zoological expedition and hunting trip to little-known parts of southern Arizona and the Pinacate region of northern Mexico. Described by Joseph Wilder, editor of the Journal of the Southwest, as "a great evocation of a real goddamned expedition, quite unlike the pantywaist excursions nowadays indulged in, all freeze-dried, lightweight, and sensitive to the land. This is manly stuff, natural history the way it used to be done: with a wagon train of provisions, stalking and killing the great desert beasts of the Papagueria, all for science."

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