"WHAT IS IT THAT CONFERS THE NOBLEST DELIGHT? What is that which swells a man's breast with great pride above which any other experience can bring him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding in the human eye has not been seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to a discovery of great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first-that is the idea...." There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

About our Name...
The king of upland game birds, the ruffed grouse, wears the scientific name Bonasa umbellus.
     Bonasa means "like a bison," and refers to the bird's drumming mating call sounding like a thundering herd of buffalo. Umbellus describes the umbrella-like Elizabethan ruff of black feathers around the bird's neck....

Autumn Shadows
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• 235 text pp.
• 8-page color art/photo insert
• Author & artist sigs.
• $35
Outdoor Tales of the Supernatural

Joel M. Vance • Steve Oliver. Ron Kleiber, & Cole Johnson Illusustrations

        IN 21 SHORT STORIES, AUTUMN SHADOWS takes you into the fictional coverts, forests, lakes, and fishing streams of one of America's best-known outdoor writers.
        Vance calls his tales of hunting, fishing and small town life "ghost stories." Yet this reads more like classic sporting literature-with a light touch of the supernatural. The perfect book for a rainy day in camp.
        AUTUMN SHADOWS explores upland bird hunting and fly fishing, turkey hunting and the ones that got away. Beneath the surface are thoughts of what we want and why-and what we'd give to get it.
        Hunting tales include: "The Invincible Grouse Hunter," "Oldtimers," "The Brass Compass"; fishing tales: "Unwelcome Stranger," "Tackle Box Demon," "The Damned Little Bitty Brown Thing"; stories that connect the past with the present: "Northern Lights," "Pie Supper," "Then and Now."