Fossil Woods and Other Geological Specimens, Part Three (The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series B: Natural History)
(Turnhout, Belgium): Harvey Miller Publishers, (2000). 424 pages. 8-1/2 by 11-1/4 inches. A catalog of early seventeenth-century drawings from the Royal Library. With 317 illustrations, 135 in color. Includes a bibliography, concordances, glossary and indexes. ISBN: 9781872501918.
First edition (first printing). Light bump to front bottom corner of the spine else a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Errata slip laid in. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Stephen Jay Gould, in admiration and with affection -- David Freedberg / March 21, 2002." A large, heavy book. From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance.
Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."
We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.