From the Library of Fleur Cowles.
[ROLEX] Pioneering Spirits. The 12th Rolex Awards for Enterprise. Thames & Hudson. 2006.
4to., original cloth with dust wrapper. A fine copy.
First edition. "Thirty years ago Rolex created the biennial Awards for Enterprise to honor outstanding individual achievements in the realms of science, technology, exploration,environment and cultural heritage.Out of thousands of contenders, ten people from across the globe are singled out by a team of scientists, explorers and specialists of the highest international caliber for their dedicated and passionate contributions to a fascinating spectrum of research and humanitarianism. In keeping with previous awards, the 12th series of the award presents a broad range of pursuits: from revivifying an ancient tradition of embroidery in a remote corner of India to establishing a school for nomads in Siberia, from saving a rare bird species in Thailand to creating a database for whale sharks and recording the quotidian movements of animals, each project provides an enriching insight in to an overlooked or undiscovered aspect of the natural or human world."
Fleur Cowles had also previously served as a judge on the Rolex Awards describing them "like a mini Nobel Foundation [that] presents financial awards to deserving men and wome with aspirations to improve the world."