French (1919) The Passenger Pigeon in Pennsylvania – Scarce Natural History

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French, John C.  The Passenger Pigeon in Pennsylvania, Its Remarkable History, Habits and Extinction, with Interesting Side Lights on the Folk and Forest Lore of the Alleghenian Region of the Old Keystone State. (Altoona, PA: Altoona Tribune Company, 1919). Scarce, with 28 copies in OCLC and only 3 available online at the time of writing.

Duodecimo. 257 pages, illustrated. Hardcover. Bound in tan linen cloth-covered boards stamped in black on spine and blind stamped frame on covers.

Condition: VG+, almost Near Fine. Spotting on edge of textblock, slight bump on top of front board near spine. Some minor wrinkling to pages.  The book is beginning to loosen at several pages.

French, a naturalist and conservationist, worked closely with folklorist Henry Shoemaker. Shoemaker’s Altoona Tribune published many of French’s books. He and Shoemaker had a long writing relationship, being co-authors of several central Pennsylvania related books.