END OF THE EARTH: VOYAGES TO ANTARCTICA - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Peter Matthiessen
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1st Printing. Signed. 242 pages. Published in 2003. Book-length account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Peter Matthiessen's "End of The Earth". His journey to Antarctica, the remotest and bleakest End of the Earth. Matthiessen joined the crew of the "Akademik", a 384-foot research vessel. Brilliant observations of the creatures inhabiting the continent are interspersed with a history of the region as well as the effects of pollution and climate change that have caused polar meltdown and the accelerated obliteration of the world's land mass. "Matthiessen has once again lit upon a subject profoundly fitted to his creative genius. He is simply the ultimate lyricist of loss, a writer brilliantly attentive to the way vanishings are braided into even the most exquisite moments of our lives. He agonizes over what is passing away, but does so in a manner that increases our appreciation of what remains" (Publisher's blurb). "No one in our time has voyaged farther and written better about our natural world" (Jim Harrison). After a year-long struggle with cancer, Peter Matthiessen died on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Matthiessen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Peter Matthiessen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with stunningly beautiful color plates. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER MATTHIESSEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0792250591. Bookseller Inventory # 18721
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From Publishers Weekly:
Attempts by humans to surmount nature at its most expansive and inhospitable is an almost guaranteed home-run story arc. But Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard, etc.) uses a clinical, detached voice to narrate his epic treks to Antarctica, making what should be a gripping page-turner a bland yawn. It's not his fault that a wicked storm limited his journey to the White South, disrupting the natural apex of the trip's trajectory. But Matthiessen would have been more effective in conveying the magnitude of his experiences if he had used words-not latitude and longitude coordinates-to narrate the action. He vaguely compensates for his stoicism by liberally citing and quoting from his Antarctic forebears, especially Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. This historical context is appreciated, particularly after slogging through languorous descriptions of animals, objects and elements that lack personification (a necessary tool when making "nature" the subject, protagonist and plot line of a book). Statements like, "Birds call us into the moment," made by an associate of Matthiessen's (but equally indicative of Matthiessen's philosophy) are not evocative hallmarks of the Antarctic quest, one of the most complex, majestic and challenging journeys that exist. Although he succeeds in prioritizing nature over narrative arc, it remains frustrating that such an accomplished author would not, in his 27th book, find a way to liven up antiseptic observations of albatrosses and hurricanes with an expansive, emotive voice befitting the scope of his travels. 8-page color photo insert not seen by PW.
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Title: END OF THE EARTH: VOYAGES TO ANTARCTICA - ...
Publisher: Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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