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    Seton's Lives of Game Animals
    Inscribed to His Future Wife

    Ernest Thompson Seton. Lives of Game Animals. An Account of those Land Animals in America, north of the Mexican Border, which are considered "game," either because they have held the attention of Sportsmen, or received the Protection of the Law. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925-1928. First edition, one of 177 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy number "177". Inscribed on limitation page of volume one: "To Julia M. Buttree/ of Greenwich/ I am glad indeed that you thought enough of it/ to secure a copy/ Ernest Thompson Seton/ June 30, 1925" and his paw-print drawing. Additional inscription on half-title page of volume one: "To Mr + Mrs Norb Vette/ with best wishes of/ Ernest Thompson Seton/ 9th Sept. 1946" and paw-print drawing. Inscription on limitation page of volume two: "To Julia M. Buttree/ from Ernest Thompson Seton/ 11 oclock am/ 13th Sun - Mad Moon/ 1926" with a sketch of a face above a crescent moon.
    Four quarto volumes. xxxix, 640; xvii 745; xix, 780; xxii, 949 pages. With fifty maps and 1,500 illustrations by the author. Title pages in red and black. Publisher's brown cloth backstrips over tan cloth boards, covers double-ruled in gilt, with a gilt-stamped central image of an animal, spines lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Illustrated bookplate on front pastedown of volumes two and three: "Ex Libris/ Julia M. Buttree/ Xmas/ 1926/ E.T.S./ Woniya". Embossed seal of "Seton Institute, Inc." on title page of volume one, half-title of volume two, acknowledgment page of volume three, limitation page of volume four, and few on text pages. Ink stamp on all front free endpapers: "Please return to/ Library/ of/ Mr. and Mrs. Norb Vette." White library call numbers to foot of each spine with pencil call numbers on the page after the title. Bindings lightly rubbed and soiled, minor corner and spine end bumps, small scuffs at foot of spines from possible library sticker removal, small tears to spine head of volume one; holograph pencil page number references on endpapers, small paper lift on front pastedown of volume one, some edge tears few with minor paper loss, occasional light smudging, soiling, and staining; scattered small holograph pencil corrections and annotations; else in very good condition.
    Included are two typescript letters on "Seton Village" letterhead from Julia M. Seton to Norbert Vette dated "Aug. 29, 1946" and "September 11, 1946" respectively, one of Julia M. Buttree's unused bookplates, a folded copy of the Seton News from December 1952, and a printed catalog from Seton Books with a small holograph pencil note regarding the date of Mr. Seton's death.
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    "In the wild world, November is the Mad Moon." - [Ernest Thompson Seton, Rolf in the Woods, Chapter 32].

    An incredible association copy of the four volume masterwork by author, wildlife artist, and youth program pioneer Ernest Thompson Seton [1860 - 1946].

    The set was inscribed to Julia M. Butree in both 1925 and 1926, several years before Seton's divorce from his first wife, Grace Gallatin, and his own subsequent marriage to Buttree in 1935. In her letters she not only details the sale of this set to Mr. Vette, but also describes how she worked with Mr. Seton on these books for eight years.

    "I feel as if I were giving up a piece of my own life, but am glad that these books are going to someone who will truly appreciate them."



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