Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac
By Seton, Ernest Thompson
Pp. 215; color title page by Grace Gallatin Seton, 100 black-and-white text illustrations (line-drawings and 8 full page halftones by Ernst Seton). Publisher’s original dark blue ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, front cover with oval paste-on inset of a bear surrounded by a gilt border, 8vo. This is the stated first impression dated October 3, 1904 on the copyright page. The aim of this well-illustrated work is to picture the life of a Grizzly Bear with the added glamour of a remarkable Bear personality (from the Preface). Presented in 16 chapters, Seton considered this work as an historical novel of Bear life. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860 – 1946) was an author (published in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US), wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 (renamed Woodcraft League of America) and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 (from Wiki). Ornate custom bookplate of Herbert F. West on front endpaper. Letter laid in at the front to ichthyologist Ross Socolof from “Tom” thanking him for letting him read his copy of ‘Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac.’ Laid in at the rear of the volume is an engraved invitation from Coast Guard Group, Saint Petersburg, Florida to “request the honor of your presence at the Station dedication and change of command ceremony” in Yankeetown, Florida on May 31st (no year listed).
|Publisher||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|Publisher Place||New York|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||Slight bump to front outer corner, almost no shelf wear, a very bright and clean copy in near fine condition.|