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    Roy Chapman Andrews. On the Trail of Ancient Man. New York: 1926. First Edition. Inscribed to John D. Rockefeller, Jr..

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    Roy Chapman Andrews (SIGNED and Inscribed to John D. Rockefeller Jr.) With an Introduction and a Chapter by Henry Fairfield Osborn. On the Trail of Ancient Man. New York: Putnam, 1926. First Edition. Signed And Inscribed to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. by Roy Chapman Andrews As Follows: "To John D. Rockefeller, Jr. / whose personal interest / has done so much to / make these expeditions successful, from / Roy Chapman Andrews". With the bookplate of Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. on the front paste down. No other writing or markings. Very Good hardback First Edition First Printing with mild cover edge wear. Top edge gilt. In a Good Dust Jacket with pieces missing along the top edge. 8vo. xxiv, 375 pp. An excellent and unique association copy of this First Book on the Central Asiatic Expeditions linking the expedition leader with the major patron of this virtually decade long project. A centerpiece of a twentieth century exploration and/or paleontology collection. Hardcover. Very Good.

     

    The Central Asiatic Expeditions, five in number between 1922 and 1930, are considered among the most important expeditions of the twentieth century. They were organized by Roy Chapman Andrews and funded by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and other industrialists of the era including J. P. Morgan, Jr. and Childs Frick. Beginning with organizing activities in 1921, Roy Chapman Andrews and his team undertook these treks to the Gobi Desert of Outer and Inner Mongolia. Andrews notes in his preface to this book that while many papers had already been written on the scientific discoveries of the expedition, this is the first published book. It precedes all the volumes published by The American Museum of Natural History as "The Natural History of Central Asia". (See Gallenkamp Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions).



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