Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitat, in two volumes, Vol. I: Text and Vol. II: Illustrations, limited to 500 copies
By Smith, Alexander H.
Pp. (vol. I); xiv. 626, 9 text-figures, in red "Fabrikoid" cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover; (vol. II): red “Fabrikoid” cloth box, lined in blue satin with reels 1-33 in red “Fabrikoid” gilt-lettered cloth binding featuring 231 stereo Kodachrome pictures that illustrate the “fleshy fungi”, the species encountered most frequently in the fields and forest, and with a View-Master Stereoscope viewer used to view the 231 Kodachrome pictures in 3D. Both volumes bound in matching red “Fabrikoid” cloth, gilt-lettered on the spine and front cover, lg 8vo (9 ¼ x 6 inches). This unique work was issued in a limited edition of 500 copies. It was one of Alexander Smith’s early “popular” books designed to bring the study of fungi to amateurs. During his 50-year academic career, Smith wrote 10 popular books and 10 academic monographs. According to the Prospectus announcing this set: The mushrooms used for illustration have been carefully selected from thousands of photographs and scientifically arranged by Dr. Smith. The stereoscopic, full color View-Master pictures that illustrate the text provide the user of the text with the advantages of an actual foray into the woods under the supervised direction of a qualified specialist. The clarity and brilliance of these full color, stereoscopic photographs provide a true-to-life realism that no other type of illustration can approach. The illustrations are credited to William S. Gruber, inventor of the View Master Stereoscope viewer, which was introduced just 10 years earlier at the 1939 World’s Fair. This two-volume set is from the private collection of University of Michigan mycologist Alexander H. Smith. No ownership marks and no signs of use.
|Publisher||Oregon: Sawyer's, Inc|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||2|
|Condition Description||A bright and clean copy in fine (as new) condition.|
|Limited Edition||Limited to 500|