TIGERS IN THE SNOW - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Peter Matthiessen

Matthiessen, Peter (Author) & Hornocker, Maurice (Photographer)

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1st Printing. Signed. 185 pages. Published in 2000. The author's "Tiger" book. One of the most beautiful nature photography books ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Paul Buckley: Regular-sized volume format. Hard boards with black titles embossed on cover and metallic-orange titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Peter Matthiessen. Photographs by Maurice Hornocker. How he took the photographs is a tribute to both his eye and his intrepid-ness. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Peter Matthiessen's "Tigers In The Snow". The companion volume to "Snow Leopard". A lament as well as a polemic on behalf of a vanishing species whose eventual extinction Matthiessen sees as nothing less than an indictment of Homo Sapiens. The mindless despoliation of Planet Earth is so complete and in many cases, irreversible, that the only thing left to do is to wait for the end. Matthiessen is a conservationist but he is not a sentimentalist. Like all true lovers of the world we live in, his point is that the destruction of Nature will inevitably lead to the destruction of Man. "A gorgeously, sadly elegiac defense of the Siberian tiger as well as his vanishing relatives in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and in the case of Iran, vanished. What Matthiessen knows and makes us feel is that the fate of the tiger is a kind of final judgment on whether human beings themselves can actually call themselves civilized" (Newsday). "Matthiessen is our greatest modern Nature writer in the lyrical tradition" (The New York Times). In the near future, we will have only this magnificent book to remind us of this beautiful animal. 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 blue pen on the half-title page by Peter Matthiessen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, which most copies available are, as the publisher flooded the market with signed bookplates. Matthiessen's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, flowing, and elegant. This title is a modern 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 color photographs. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER MATTHIESSEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0865475768. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: No more than a few thousand tigers now survive in pockets of Asia, a continent they once roamed far and wide. The largest of them, the Siberian tiger, is today almost entirely confined to the little-populated Russian Far East. Nearly extirpated before World War 11, Panthera tigris altaica made a comeback in subsequent decades. When poaching and habitat depredation following the implosion of the Soviet Union once again threatened extinction, a group of American wildlife biologists led by Maurice Hornocker joined with their Russian counterparts in founding the Siberian Tiger Project to study and protect this besieged race.

Peter Matthiessen journeyed to the Russian Far Fast and other remaining tiger territory to witness for himself the species' present condition and to understand its possible fates. Bringing to his subject his deep knowledge and the instinct for the natural world that have made classics of his previous books, he allows us to participate in the battle for the future of one of the earth's most awesome creatures. Along the way, he tells the story of the species' origin and evolution, evoking as well its crucial, often totemic role in the cultures and mythologies of the peoples who came in contact with it. He has made of the tiger's dilemma not a manifesto but a drama - underscoredby Hornocker's stirring photographs - that conveys powerfully what a loss to our collective imagination the disappearance of these great cats would be.

Review: Indigenous to Asia, and once widely distributed across the continent, the tiger is yet another of the world's creatures to come perilously close to extinction in the last century. Where a hundred years ago the population of Panthera tigris and its cousins stood at more than 100,000, a 1995 census put the total at less than 5,000. And, writes Peter Matthiessen, a longtime student and champion of endangered wildlife, "most biologists and conservationists ... would set that number even lower."

Working with the noted wildlife biologist and photographer Maurice Hornocker, Matthiessen recounts his travels into the Russian Far East and Manchuria in search of one of the rarest of the big cats, Panthera tigris altaica, the Siberian tiger. Once shielded, and not by design, by Communist policies that restricted travel in and development of its wilderness habitat, the Siberian tiger is increasingly threatened throughout much of its range as the dense old-growth forests of the Pacific seaboard fall to Japanese logging companies; at the same time, the tiger is still hunted for parts used by Chinese apothecaries (drinking the essence of a tiger is thought to bring renewed sexual vigor to aging men). Matthiessen, whose text brims with a righteous rage on the tiger's behalf, is able to report a few success stories, as Russian, Chinese, and American biologists work to conserve habitat in the wild country memorialized by V.K. Arseniev's Dersu the Trapper, a memoir that informs Matthiessen's own book. But his book is also full of tragedy, of terrible stories that help press a case for why the Siberian tiger should be protected everywhere in its domain.

Matching a thoughtful, well-crafted text with remarkable photographs of tigers in the wild, this is a book that, with luck, will help spur renewed interest in making the world safe for wildlife of all kinds. --Gregory McNamee

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Title: TIGERS IN THE SNOW - Rare Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: North Point Press
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.

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