First edition of this "popular account of phosphorescent animals and vegetables," in the stunning original pictorial cloth binding with phosphorescent details depicted in silver.
"No fairy tale of human invention can relate to us more fascinating scenes than are realized in Nature's carnivals of the sea."
Amateur readers are granted a tour through the wonders of bioluminescence, with many charming anecdotes and full-page wood-engraved illustrations along the way, like "M. de Tessan reading by light of the phosphorescent sea." The book is most remarkable for its striking American publisher's cloth binding (an edition was also published in London the same year in a far less fantastic binding). Holder hoped the beautiful book and unusual content would attract more young readers to studying natural history.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1887. Full title: Living lights: a popular account of phosphorescent animals and vegetables. 7.5'' x 5.5''. Original two-tone green cloth elaborately stamped in red, brown, and silver, gilt-lettered spine. Yellow endpapers. Frontispiece and 26 full-page wood engravings. Publisher's catalogue at rear. xvi, 187, ,  pages. Ink stamp on frontfly leaf. Spine with light toning and lean, a few spots to cloth, extremities slightly bumped. Gilt and silver bright.
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