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A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press

The Golden Guides from St. Martin’s Press are a full-color illustrated series of books offering priceless facts and information on nature and science around the world, under the sea, and among the stars. From insects and fish to trees and weeds and dinosaurs and the weather, these authoritative volumes educate and entertain.

  • Birds of Prey of the World
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    • Birds of Prey of the World

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Robin Chittenden; Illustrated by John Davis/Wildlife Art, Ltd.
      St. Martin's Press

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  • Planets
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    • Planets

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Mark R. Chartrand, Ph.D.; Illustrated by Ron Miller
      St. Martin's Press

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      Space exploration in recent years has added a vast amount to our knowledge...

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  • Frogs and Toads
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    • Frogs and Toads

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Dave Showler; Illustrated by Barry Croucher/Wildlife Art, Ltd.
      St. Martin's Press

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      For many naturalists, woodland frogs and toads represent some of their first encounters...

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  • Snakes
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    • Snakes

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Sarah Whittley; Illustrated by Peter D. Scott/Wildlife Art Ltd.
      St. Martin's Press

    • Snakes, the best-known members of the reptile family, are some of the most popular animals in the world today. With over 120 species in the United States alone (including 17 poisonous varieties),...

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  • Sharks
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    • Sharks

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Andrea Gibson; Illustrated by Robin Carter/Wildlife Art Ltd.
      St. Martin's Press

    • At last, a fantastically illustrated new addition to the classic nature guide series.

      A Golden Guide to Sharks, like all the books in the series, presents a general overview of its subject...

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  • Wildflowers
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    • Wildflowers

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D. and Alexander C. Martin, Ph.D., Former Senior Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Illustrated by Rudolf Freund
      St. Martin's Press

    • This is a practical beginner's guide to the most common American wildflowers. Emphasis is on those with showy petals and those that the amateur is most likely to see. Special features include:

      Where...

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  • Bats of the World
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    • Bats of the World

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Gary L. Graham, Ph.D.; Illustrated by Fiona A. Reid
      St. Martin's Press

    • Bats are some of the most intriguing-and ecologically important-animals on earth. In this handsomely illustrated guide, you will learn about:

      - The natural history and evolution of bats

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  • Rocks, Gems and Minerals
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    • Rocks, Gems and Minerals

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim and Paul R. Shaffer; Revised by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting with Jeffrey Post and Paul Pohwat, National Museum of Natural History; Illustrated by Raymond Perlman
      St. Martin's Press

    • This handy identification guide to the most common kinds of rocks and minerals offers concise and fascinating information on:

      - Physical and chemical properties
      - Origins and geologic...

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  • Bird Life
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    • Bird Life

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Stephen W. Kress, Ph.D., Research Biologist, National Audubon Society; Illustrated by John D. Dawson
      St. Martin's Press

    • This full-color, authoritative look at the behavior and biology of birds is packed with information on:

      - How birds fly, migrate, nest, sing, raise their young, and more

      - Ways to observe...

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  • Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals
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    • Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      George S. Fichter; Illustrated by Barbara J. Hoopes Ambler
      St. Martin's Press

    • Marine mammals are some of the most amazing animals on earth. This full-color, magnificently illustrated guide gives information on:

      -Natural history and evolution of these fascinating creatures

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  • Butterflies and Moths
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    • Butterflies and Moths

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Robert T. Mitchell and Herbert S. Zim; Illustrated by Andre Durenceau
      St. Martin's Press

    • This Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press illustrates in full color 423 of the most common, widespread, important, or unusual North American species of Lepidoptera. Information includes:

      How...

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  • Endangered Animals
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    • Endangered Animals

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      George S. Fichter; Illustrated by Kristin Kest
      St. Martin's Press

    • Wildlife is in danger everywhere. In this timely look at the plight of endangered animals, you will find:

      -A survey of hundreds of animal species that are in trouble
      -Descriptions of the...

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  • Mammals
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    • Mammals

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D. and Donald F. Hoffmeister, Ph.D., Director, Emeritus, Museum of Natural History, and Professor, Emeritus, of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving
      St. Martin's Press

    • An accurate and fascinating introduction to more than 200 of the most common species of mammals in North America, including information on:

      -Habits and habitats
      -Family trees
      -Raising...

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  • Fishes
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    • Fishes

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D. and Hurst H. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Zoology Emeritus, University of Illinois; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving
      St. Martin's Press

    • Full-color illustrations of 278 of the most common fresh- and salt-water fishes accompany clear and concise descriptions that tell:

      -Where different fishes live and what they eat
      -Their...

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  • Seashells of the World
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    • Seashells of the World

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      R. Tucker Abbott, Ph.D, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D., Sc.D.; Illustrated by George and Marita Sandström
      St. Martin's Press

    • Seashells of the World is an introduction to the world of marine seashells, emphasizing the most attractive and best-known species. This guide will help you to:

      -Identify
      -Classify

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  • Fossils
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    • Fossils

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Frank H. T. Rhodes, President, Cornell University, Herbert S. Zim, Paul R. Shaffer; Illustrated by Raymond Perlman, Professor of Art, University of Illinois
      St. Martin's Press

    • This introduction to the life of the past as revealed through fossils includes:

      -Descriptions of the typical plants and animals of major geological eras
      -Maps showing where fossils can...

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  • Spiders and Their Kin
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    • Spiders and Their Kin

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert W. Levi, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and Lorna R. Levi, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim; Illustrated by Nicholas Strekalovsky
      St. Martin's Press

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      This introduction to the diverse yet little known world of spiders is packed with concise, accurate information. With full-color...

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  • Poisonous Animals
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    • Poisonous Animals

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Edmund D. Brodie, Jr., Ph.D.; Illustrated by John D. Dawson
      St. Martin's Press

    • This Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press is an introduction to the major groups of poisonous animals in the world, including the most deadly species. Learn about:

      -Dangerous stingers, fangs,...

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  • Dinosaurs
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    • Dinosaurs

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Eugene S. Gaffney, Ph.D., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History; Illustrated by John D. Dawson
      St. Martin's Press

    • Dinosaurs have long been a source of speculation. This beautifully illustrated guide includes:

      - Fascinating facts about these animals that ruled the earth for more than 100 million years

      -...

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  • Reptiles and Amphibians
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    • Reptiles and Amphibians

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim and Hobart M. Smith; Revised by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting, with J. Whitfield Gibbons, University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving
      St. Martin's Press

    • This guide to the snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders of North America aids in the identification of 212 species. Learn:

      - How to tell the difference between reptiles and amphibians

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  • Weeds
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    • Weeds

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Alexander C. Martin; Illustrated by Jean Zallinger
      St. Martin's Press

    • This handy identification guide to the plants that cause billions of dollars annually in crop loss and control measures include information on:

      -The harm that weeds cause
      -Benefits from...

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  • Seashore Life
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    • Seashore Life

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D. and Lester Ingle, Ph.D.; Illustrated by Dorothea and Sy Barlowe
      St. Martin's Press

    • This compact guide will help you understand--and enjoy--the unique zone where land and ocean meet. It is a guide to:

      Seashells
      Sea Plants
      Shore Birds
      Jellyfish, Starfish, Sand...

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  • Pond Life
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    • Pond Life

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      George K. Reid, Revised by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting with John L. Brooks, National Science Foundation; Illustrated by Sally D. Kaicher and Tom Dolan
      St. Martin's Press

    • This guide describes and illustrates, in full color, the plants and animals that live in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It includes surface-dwelling creatures as well as those of open...

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  • Fishing
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    • Fishing

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      George S. Fichter and Phil Francis, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim; Illustrated by Tom Dolan, Ken Martin, and Harry McKnaught
      St. Martin's Press

    • This compact guide to both salt-and fresh-water fishing will help you to:

      -Identify the principal sport fishes of North America
      -Select baits and tackle
      -Hook and land a fish

      A...

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  • Stars
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    • Stars

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D., Sc.D. and Robert H. Baker, Ph.D., D.Sc., Revised and Updated by Mark R. Chartrand, Ph.D.; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving
      St. Martin's Press

    • Enjoy the wonders of the heavens and understand more fully what you see. This Golden Guide shows you how with 150 full-color illustrations, including:

      Charts of the major constellations

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  • Weather
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    • Weather

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Paul E. Lehr, R. Will Burnett, and Herbert S. Zim; Illustrated by Harry McKnaught
      St. Martin's Press

    • Simply, accurately, and graphically, this Golden Guide explains:

      Massive movements of the atmosphere
      Weather instruments and how they are used
      The origins, development, and effects...

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  • The Sky Observer's Guide
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    • The Sky Observer's Guide

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      R. Newton Mayall, Margaret Mayall, and Jerome Wyckoff; Paintings and Diagrams by John Polgreen
      St. Martin's Press

    • Filled with practical information for the amateur astronomer, this Golden Guide explains:

      -How to select and use binoculars and telescopes
      -How to best observe stars, the moon, planets,...

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  • Trees
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    • Trees

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim and Alexander C. Martin; Revised by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting, with David Challinor, Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution; Illustrated by Dorothea and Sy Barlowe
      St. Martin's Press

    • This Golden Guide describes and illustrates in full color more than 140 of our most common trees. Learn:

      -How to recognize tree shapes, flowers, buds, leaves, and fruits
      -Where each species...

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  • North American Indian Arts
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    • North American Indian Arts

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Andrew Hunter Whiteford, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D., Sc.D.; Illustrated by Owen Vernon Shaffer
      St. Martin's Press

    • Indian Arts is a fascinating introduction to the arts and crafts reflected in the material culture of North American Indians. Knowledge of the skills and techniques developed by the various tribes,...

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  • Insects
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    • Insects

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Clarence Cottam and Herbert S. Zim, Revised by Jonathan P. Latimer, Karen Stray Nolting, and David Wagner, University of Connecticut; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving and Susan Simon
      St. Martin's Press

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      This handy guide to the most common, important and showy North American insects will help the novice begin a fascinating study. Includes:

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  • Geology
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    • Geology

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Frank H. T. Rhodes; Illustrated by Raymond Perlman
      St. Martin's Press

    • This informative guide covers the five billion years of history that have given the earth its present form, including:

      The earth's relation to the rest of the universe
      The rocks and minerals...

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  • Birds
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    • Birds

    • A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
      Herbert S. Zim and Ira N. Gabrielson, Revised by Chandler S. Robbins, Updated by Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting with James Coe; Illustrated by James Gordon Irving
      St. Martin's Press

    • This guide will help you identify-quickly and easily-the birds you are most likely to see. It tells you:

      What to look for
      Where and when to look
      How to attract birds

      Range...

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