New York: Henry Holt, 1906.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 7.5 x 10 inches, pp xii, 345, in lovely pictorial cloth binding designed by Walter King Stone, with all edges gilt. Illustrated with 52 full-page plates by Stone (most in two colors) and "numerous vignettes and photographs from life." Cloth rubbed and slightly frayed at corners and spine ends; binding tight, text clean. Beebe was a naturalist, oceanographer, and first President of the New York Zoological Society, as well as a prolific and skilled writer. This is one of his earlier works, and the first written for a popular audience. It contains an essay for each week of the calendar year, in which he presents "familiar objects from a an unusual point of view. Bird's-eye glances and insect's-eye glances, at the nature of our woods and fields, will reveal beauties wholly invisible from the usual human view-point, five feet or more above the ground" (Preface).