Hard Cover. New York: Privately Printed, 1916. First Edition. Near Fine.
4to. Illustrated with 44 original photographs; with an additional original photograph of Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, and Edward Hurley laid in. First edition, one of 20 copies printed for friends and family of the authors. Signed by Burroughs, Edison, and Firestone to pp. [iii]. Publisher's full brown suede, stamped in blind with title in decorative script and four small butterfly images, brown marbled endpapers, all pages uncut, printed on thick stock in decorative brown text with photographs affixed to pages throughout. A near fine copy with a touch of rubbing to the top edge of front board, small white spot near spine foot, pages lightly rippled, slight lean to spine. Overall, a beautiful copy of this scarce book. In Nature's Laboratory is a privately published book commemorating the 1916 camping trip taken by Thomas Edison, the naturalist John Burroughs, and the tire mogul Harvey Firestone through the Adirondacks and into the Green Mountains. The three men, along with Henry Ford, began a series of several camping trips in the previous year, and would continue the tradition until 1924. Calling themselves the Four Vagabonds, they travelled with plenty of supplies, often carried by Ford's own automobiles, and accompanied by Ford Motor Company photographers who were tasked with documenting the trip. Though Ford himself could not join the 1916 expedition, the rest of the group enjoyed the benefit of one of his Model Ts. This copy was gifted to Firestone's personal driver, who passed the book down through his family, where it remained until 2018.