A Ramblers Lease, by Bradford Torrey, hardcover (good condition), first edition, 1889
Bradford Torrey (1843-1912) was an American nature writer and ornthologist. Though his work first appeared in print when he was already 39 years old, Bradford Torrey produced 13 books of nature writing in the subsequent 28 years of his life. Those books are mainly collections of essays he wrote for the Atlantic Monthly. Torrey was among the most popular of the Houghton and Mifflin Company's travel and "outdoor" writers at the end of the 19th century. (Other outdoor writers then in the Houghton Mifflin stable include H. D. Thoreau, John Burroughs, and John Muir.) Torrey also wrote, for a time, a weekly nature column for a Boston daily newspaper.
A close observer of nature, and a master of the "ramble" when that literary form was at the height of its popularity, Torrey blended the nature ramble with travel writing and ornithology, to introduce readers to emerging vacation destinations in the United States. A Rambler's Lease includes discussion of Vermont.