Breeding & Improvement of Farm Animals

This third edition, sixth impression, of Breeding and Improvement of Farm Animals by Victor Arthur Rice was published in 1942, and found in the homesteading section of the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME. This book was part of the McGraw-Hill publications in the agricultural sciences, a series published between 1917 and 1937. Rice was a…

Indian Tales

Indian Tales, illustrated and written by Spanish writer Jaime de Angulo, is a collection of indigenous American folk tales and animal mythology Angulo learned while living among the Pit River Indians of California. This 1953 first edition was purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME.

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London was published in 1903 to critical acclaim. It’s a prime example of the American pastoral: the domesticated protagonist Buck rejects modernity and chooses primitive life in the wilderness. An action-adventure “survival of the fittest” animal parable, Call of the Wild combines popular literary genres while writing a beautiful, persuasive…

Baree, Son of Kazan

This is a first edition of Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood, published in 1917 and the sequel to Kazan (1914). Curwood was an avid conservationist and spent long periods of time living in the Canadian wilderness, which inspired him to set his action-adventure stories in nature. He writes in the preface that he sets…


This 1929 copy of Bambi by Felix Salten was purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ. First published in 1923 in Austria, this environmentally-conscious work was translated into English in 1928 and released in North America by Simon & Schuster. The Disney adaptation had many changes, including adding sidekick characters Flower and Thumper.