HELLMAN, Geoffrey. Bankers, Bones and Beetles. The First Century of the American Museum of Natural History. New York: The Natural History Press. 1969.
8vo. Original cloth and wrapper, illustrated endpapers; pp. 275, 18 illustrations; near fine. Provenance: inscribed by the author to Pete Street on half title.
First edition. An entertaining account of the development of the great New York museum and the various remarkable characters involved in its establishment, including J.P. Morgan, the Roosevelt family and various other New York grandees. The author was a well-known contributor to The New Yorker and, as a descendant of the banker Joseph Seligman, part of New York royalty himself.