The Making of Species [with the Bookplate of Gilbert Grosvenor and Library Stamp of Alexander Graham Bell]

By: [Gilbert Grosvenor, Alexander Graham Bell] Dewar, Douglas; Frank Finn

Price: $100.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


Red cloth with gilt spine and cover titles, top edge gilt, 15 by 22.8 cm, xix 400 pp., 15 illus. Heavy fading on the spine with chips and tears at the head of the spine; small stain on the front cover; passages underlined in pencil throughout. This copy contains not only the armorial bookplate of Gilbert Grosvenor on the front pastedown, but a “Library of Alexander Graham Bell” stamp on the ffep as well. Linked by business and by marriage, this volume sat in both men’s libraries. “Grosvenor was hired by the president of the National Geographic Society, the inventor Alexander Graham Bell, as an editorial assistant for the National Geographic Magazine. He married Bell’s daughter Elsie May in 1900 and became editor-in-chief of the magazine in 1903. Grosvenor transformed the National Geographic from a dull scholarly journal with a circulation of only 900 into an interesting and superbly illustrated magazine with a circulation of more than 2,000,000. Grosvenor was elected president of the National Geographic Society in 1920. During his administration, greatly increased revenues enabled the society to send out numerous expeditions to the North and South poles, into the stratosphere, and to the ocean depths and to conduct a myriad of other investigations.” Because of his transformational work at the NGS, Grosvenor is also considered the father of photojournalism. His lithographic plate, printed in blue, gold, black and red, features the motto “Nobilitatis Virtus Non Stemma Character,” virtue, not pedigree, is the mark of nobility.

Title: The Making of Species [with the Bookplate of Gilbert Grosvenor and Library Stamp of Alexander Graham Bell]

Author Name: [Gilbert Grosvenor, Alexander Graham Bell] Dewar, Douglas; Frank Finn

Categories: Bookplates (Ex Libris), Natural History,

Publisher: London/New York, John Lane The Bodley Head/John Lane Company: 1909

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2833