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Matthiessen, Peter. END OF THE EARTH: VOYAGES TO ANTARCTICA. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 242 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 very scarce. Presents Peter Matthiessen's 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 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. $200.00

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