Title: Living Insects of the World (Signed by David...
Publisher: Doubleday & Company c. 1959, New York
Publication Date: 1959
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Chanticleer Press Edition. Later printing. Hardcover- two-tone green cloth w/ intact gilt on spine & front vertical rule in Very Good Condition showing slight edge foxing/ wear in poor Dustjacket. INSCRIBED in black ink on front free endpaper: " For Fred Solana-- With many happy memories of work together on beetles.-- From his friend--David Rockefeller-- Tarrytown-- April 29, 1961" -- otherwise, INTERIOR NEAR PRISTINE: clean, tight. Pages beginning to show some toneing. With 277 photographs, including 152 in full color, by Andreas Feininger, Edward S. Ross, Alexander B. Klots, and others. Line drawings by Su Zan Noguchi Swain. Bibliography. Index of Insects. 8 3/4" x 11 1/4," 304 pp.Amid all the names that fill David Rockefeller's 2002 Memoirs, and there are alot of presidents, potentates, princes, & captains of industry mentioned in the 517 page narrative of a life devoted to networking, Fred Solana stands apart. As a child, David Rockefeller developed an avid interest in collecting beetles as a result of a natural history class he attended one summer in Maine, (along with Henry Ford II). By the time he was a freshman at Harvard, his interest in entomology led him to volunteer to teach a group of young teenagers at Lincoln House, a settlement house in south Boston. One of the boys was Fred Solana, the son of a Spanish stonemason, who showed much more interest and aptitude than the others. Having brought his beetles to Harvard & having the wherewithal to do so, Rockefeller hired Solana to catalogue specimens in his lodgings. Solana went on to Boston College (Rockefeller helped pay tuition) and then a career at Chase National Bank (which Rockefeller would eventually lead). But every Saturday for 25 years, Solana trooped out to Rockefeller's Hudson Pines estate to mount and label beetles. "My children loved to sit with him in the basement while he worked and became very attached to him," Rockefeller notes.David Rockefeller's beetle collection apparently continues. His Memoirs notes that he now has 150,000 specimens, and about 2,000 species. "I think it's fun to be able to go to far distant lands and find a beetle and recognize the family it belongs to and know something about it," he says.This book was a gift from Rockefeller to Solana, and is thus an extraordinary SIGNED association copy with a long-time & unique protege, a personal artifact, far more storied & rare than a signed copy of his Memoirs. Although David Rockefeller's long association with say, the Museum of Modern Art is more widely known & celebrated, his fascination with beetles pre-dates it considerably and clearly sustains well into his senior years. It is, literally, this man's lifelong avocation. This book would be an unique addition to any entomologist's or insect or bug enthusiast's collection. The story of the mentoring of the Hispanic disadvantaged younger man by the patrician prince at Harvard & later at the family bank also adds significance, poignance & special humanitarian, social service appeal to this one-of-a-kind volume. ALSO LAID-IN: Some miscellaneous beetle related information, including a copy of a letter to David Rockefeller, dated March 28, 1960, apparently from Solana.For the asking, we will include a first edition copy of David Rockefeller's Memoirs, which recounts the entire story of David Rockefeller, his family and Mr. Solana.As for the bug book itself that, presumably, Rockefeller thought worthy enough to gift Solana with: "The fourth volume in the World of Nature series combines a masterly text of 175,000 words with the most spectacular gallery of insect photographs ever assembled. Including some of the most beautiful, some of the most destructive and deadly, and some of the most useful creatures in the animal kingdom, the insects are not only of inestimable importance to man but endlessly strange and interesting. Keeping both importance and interest ever in mind, the authors have written what is at once a masterly survey of all import. Bookseller Inventory # 500539
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