Living Treasure

SANDERSON, Ivan T. Living Treasure.

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SANDERSON, Ivan T. Living Treasure. New York: The Viking Press. 1941

8vo. Original yellow decorative cloth, maps to endpapers; p. 290, 32 illustrations by the author; spine slightly sunned, very faint dampstaining to edges, very good. Proveance: verso of ffep inscribed by the author in blue ink to the Governor of British Honduras: "the author is honoured to be asked to append his misrable signature". The autograph is accompanied by a charming sketch of a small furry mammal, "a beast that he did not find in the colony".
First edition. Sanserson was a serious naturalist, funded by the Linnean Society, but not a serious writer. This is an entertaining account of the author's adventures with animals in rthe Caribbean and Mexico. He encounters crocodiles, wild horses, strange amphibians, all kinds of birds, revolting insects and some very charmng mammals.