Richard Kearton (1862-1928) was a British naturalist. In the summer of 1896 he and his brother Cherry, a great animal photographer, travelled to the Outer Hebridean islands of St. Kilda. The first edition of their famous book 'With Nature and a Camera' was published in November 1897. Popular editions were later produced and this book is a special 1906 reprint created for the London Orphan Asylum, Watford. On the front end-paper is a plate recording the presentation of the book as a Kirby Prize for Botany in the Midsummer 1909 Examinations. The book is bound in dark red soft leather with a gilt motif on the front, gilt print and designs on the spine. The covers have light general marks and scuffing, particularly down the spine; corners and spine ends are slightly bumped and worn. End papers are marbled, the marbled design is also printed on the text block edges. The frontispiece tissue guard is intact and slightly yellowed. A few small foxing spots appear on the rear free end paper. The title page states that there are 180 pictures from photographs by Cherry Kearton, but the total number of b/w illustrations is 359. The book is written in a bright and interesting style and the first three chapters are a fascinating record of the people, birds and fowlers of St Kilda. Subsequent chapters are about gamekeepers, birds' nests eggs and young, sea birds, the art of duck-decoying, different people, and methods of photography.
A scarce gem.