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World of Trees

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.

October, or Autumnal Tints

October, or Autumnal Tints

by Henry David Thoreau

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 127 PAGES

Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind). (USE569, $17.95)

The World of Trees

The World of Trees

by Hugh Johnson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

An excellent resource for landscape architects, botanists, and admirers of trees everywhere, Hugh Johnson's magnificently illustrated compendium celebrates 600 forest and garden trees from the much-loved Oaks to Plum Yews, Podocarps and Southern Beeches. (NAT222, $39.95)

The Sibley Guide to Trees

The Sibley Guide to Trees

by David Allen Sibley

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 426 PAGES
  • NEW

Sibley turns his attention from birds to the trees where they live in this superb field guide to 668 species of native and commonly planted trees north of the Rio Grande. Bark, leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers and silhouettes are all meticulously illustrated. (NAT176, $39.95)

A Natural History of North American Trees

A Natural History of North American Trees

by Donald Culross Peattie | Verlyn Klinkenborg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Culross Peattie's graceful essays on America and its forests, originally published in the 1950s, with black-and-white etchings, feature the finest writing ever on the mighty oak, stately birch, magnificent beech and other native trees. (NAM40, $18.95)

The Tree

The Tree

by John Fowles | Barry Lopez

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The 30th anniversary edition of the English novelist John Fowles' celebrated meditation on the value of wilderness "The key to my fiction," he writes, "lies in my relationship with nature." Both The Magus (GRE131, $16.99), famously set on a Greek island, and The French Lieutenant's Woman (GBR209, $15.99) are also out in handsome new editions this season. (NAT229, $13.99)

 
Inventing the Christmas Tree

Inventing the Christmas Tree


by Bernd Brunner

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 99 PAGES

From its German origins to world-wide phenomenon, Brunner explores the origins, myth and meaning of the familiar holiday tree in this wide-ranging, brisk short history. (EUR427, $20.00)

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England


by Tom Shachtman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

New England's most picturesque towns and villages are presented through 240 full-color photographs. Accompanying descriptions fill in details about each town's history and architecture. (USE42, $40.00)

Wildwood

Wildwood


by Roger Deakin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 390 PAGES

A traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Roger Deakin's glorious meditation on wood takes in his forest ramblings not just all over Great Britain but also to Central European beech woods, walnut groves in Languedoc, the wild fruit forests of Kazakhstan and Australia's river red gum forest wetlands. (NAT192, $26.95)

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees


by Jean Giono | Michael McMurdy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Told with affection and lyrical simplicity, beloved French novelist Giono (1895-1970) turns the life of Elzeard Bouffier, a shepherd turned tree-planter, into a fable of hope, forests and the power of the individual to change the world. (ALP12, $10.00)

Thoreau's New England

Thoreau's New England


by Steph Gorman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER

Stunning full-color photography accompanied by selections from the classic writings of Henry David Thoreau. (USE408, $26.00)

Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season

Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season


by Jerry Monkman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER

Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos. (NYS92, $19.95)

New England Autumn

New England Autumn


by Ferenc Mate | Candace Mate

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information. (USE337, $25.00)

New England Weather, New England Climate

New England Weather, New England Climate


by Gregory Zielinski | Barry Keim

  • SCIENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A scholarly overview by the state climatologists of Maine and New Hampshire, with good coverage of the local seasons: ski season, mud season, beach and lake season, and foliage season. (USE311, $19.95)

The American Woodland Garden

The American Woodland Garden


by Rick Darke

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 377 PAGES

This inspiring celebration of eastern woodland trees and garden design includes a superb A-to-Z of native species. With 700 color photographs, detailed horticultural information and essays, this book is as beautiful as it is practical. (NAM10, $49.95)

New England Nature Guide

New England Nature Guide


by Erin McCloskey | Gregory Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER

With large color illustrations of 400 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, trees, shrubs and other plants. (USE545, $22.95)

Trees of North America, A Field Guide

Trees of North America, A Field Guide


by Christian Frank Brockman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

This classic, with commentary and drawings of tree shape, bark, leaf, flower, fruit and twig for quick identification, covers 730 species. (NAM07, $15.95)

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