MacDonald, Helen (Author) & Wormell, Chris (Artist). H IS FOR HAWK. London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough classic. One of the most beloved books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition, which was published one year later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The book has sold millions of copies and remains available in innumerable subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. Features the now-iconic, evocative DJ design/portrait of Mabel by Chris Wormell, one of the most brilliant artist/illustrators of our time. Presents, in its First Edition format, Helen Macdonald's "H Is For Hawk". A classic on the day it was published. "When naturalist and falconer Helen Macdonald lost her father, she thought her world was ending. Her journey from crippling grief to something resembling grace is on the wings of another (deadly) bird of prey, the notoriously prickly and murderous goshawk. In 'H Is for Hawk', you will meet Mabel, not just your typical bloodthirsty specimen, as she is trained to hunt like the goshawks of yore. It is this slightly mad undertaking that wrenches Macdonald free from despair, and brings her to a place where she can begin again. Macdonald's gorgeously wrought prose holds you in thrall from the first page, and provides something akin to the escape - and salvation - that Nature provides" (Erin Kodicek). "Mabel is described so vividly she becomes almost physically present on the page" (Time Magazine). The only book that precedes this, in terms of descriptive power and drama, is Glenway Wescott's greatest novel, "The Pilgrim Hawk" (1940). An absolute "must-have" title for Helen Macdonald collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed ("lined") in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: " 'Over the bright horizon the sky swam like water', Helen Macdonald 10 November 2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The inscription is the very last line of the book (Page 283). It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the same page by Chris Wormell, the artist/illustrator of the iconic DJ. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed, publication-year dated, and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition, which was published the following year. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0802123414. $500.00

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