The Peregrine.London: Collins, 1967 Stock Code: 140921
NotesExcellent copy of the elusive first edition of this cult classic of new nature writing. Compressed from a decade of obsessively compiled journals into 60,000 words of "violent, enraptored prose... not a book about watching a bird, but a book about becoming a bird... a record of obsession, which has itself in turn provoked obsession" (Robert Mscfarlane, "Hunting Life", in Landmarks).
Between 1954 and 1964, a myopic office worker from Essex pursued the peregrine falcons that hunted over his county, tracking them on bicycle and on foot, closely observing them through binoculars. "He learned to predict the peregrines' locations by means of an intelligence that began as logic and ended as instinct", his immersion such that an image of a peregrine confronts us from where we might expect to find the portrait of the author.
Octavo. Original dark brown boards, title gilt to the spine, sage green endpapers. With the striking Charles Raymond-designed dust jacket.
Top edge a little dusty, spine slightly crumpled head and tail, contemporary purchase date recorded on the front free endpaper in ball-point pen, but overall very good in similar price-clipped jacket, just a touch sunned and with two short splits.
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