Title: Beyond the Aspen Grove
Publisher: Random House, NY
Publication Date: 1970
Illustrator: Illus in b&w
Book Condition: Almost Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Natural History
Book top paper edges toned dark brown, small postal sized return address label on FFEP, small crease on top right edge of pp 8B-8C. DJ has small crease on top corner of front flap, 2 tiny abrasions on top rear of DJ spine, 1 tiny abrasion on bottom edge of DJ spine. 368pp with Index. Brown cloth with bright design and gilt lettering. Stated 1st Ed. with proper Random House number line. Tight, square, bright copy. Firm corners. No remainder mark. No internal markings, notes or names. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($8.95). Illustrated with B&W drawings by the author. Colorado Rockies is the setting for this mediation of nature and living. 1st book. USPS Tracking provided. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 16448
Synopsis: The Colorado Rockies are Ann Zwinger’s subject in prose and drawing. There, 8,300 feet above sea level, summer is short and winter long and often harsh; it is a place where much of life exists on the margin. In good years the grasses are lush; in bad years, even the mice starve. But it is a land the Zwingers have lovingly explored and recorded, careful not to disrupt the balance of the land, the relationship of plant to animal and of each to its environment.
These forty acres, called Constant Friendship after the Maryland land her ancestor settled in the early 1730s, are "a place of all seasons, for even in winter there is a promise of spring, and in spring the foretaste of summer. The white of snow becomes the white of summer clouds, the resonant green of spruce becomes the green head of drake mallard … here part of each season is contained in every other."
In beautiful and simple language and with 80 illustrations, "Beyond the Aspen Grove" tells of meadow, lake, marsh and forest, of algae and dragonflies, of deer and jays that live in the thin clear air of the mountain world.
"Ann Swinger’s "Beyond the Aspen Grove" takes us to the Montane Zone of Colorado (7,000 to 9,000 feet) to walk her land with her, to savor the immense variety of life to be found there, above and below ground, in its streams, meadows, under the surface of a lake and among its groves of aspen and Ponderosa pine. The book is a compendium of information, packed densely with meat like a rich nut … [a] work of love that is also a work of science and a work of art." —May Sarton in "The New York Times Book Review"
From the Publisher: Now back in print, Ann Zwinger’s classic exploration of the Rocky Mountains
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