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1 Matthiessen, Peter At Play in the Fields of the Lord
New York Random House 1965 First Edition Cloth 
[1965]. Fine in a Very Good dustjacket. Beige cloth with a black cloth backstrip. Both the spine and the decorative front panel are stamped in gilt. Octavo. Red topstain. 373pps. Stated First Printing. An excellent copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. No previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is sun-darkened (as is common) -- particularly along the spine panel -- and has a couple of closed tears and shallow chipping along the top edge; the original price (5.95) is intact. Nominated for the National Book Award and the basis for the acclaimed 1991 film directed by Hector Babenco.

"...The setting of this wild, beautiful and haunting novel is the Amazon jungle, at once majestic and malevolent; the principle characters are four fundamentalist missionaries and a soldier of fortune; and the plot concerns their fanatical conflict over the fate of a primitive and dangerous tribe of jungle Indians..."

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2 Matthiessen, Peter Oomingmak
New York Hastings House 1967 First Edition Cloth SIGNED by the Author
Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Bound in full, brick-red cloth. Both the spine and the decorative front board are stamped in black and silver. Pictorial endpapers. 85pps., with numerous photographs. There is very mild rubbing to the tips and the spine-ends, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. Absolutely no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is rubbed at the extremities and has a small tear at either end of the spine; the original price (3.95) is intact. SIGNED by the author and inscribed (generically) 'Best Wishes' on the half-title page. ".The Nunivak Expedition took on a rough assignment -- to capture a large group of musk ox calves and bring them back to civilization alive. Success meant a chance to show that the wild and dangerous musk ox could be profitably raised for its fine wool and thereby make a contribution to the precarious Eskimo economy. Fortunately, Mr. Matthiessen, who was a member of the expedition, is not only a writer but a naturalist and a rugged young man. (The reader will learn why that last attribute was so important.) Apart from being scientifically exact, his report of the trip is a magnificent piece of work on Arctic life: the Eskimos, the tundra with its wildlife and wild flowers, the miserable rainy-foggy climate and, most of all, the sheer excitement of chasing the musk ox. With this book, which in shorter form appeared in the New Yorker, Peter Matthiessen joins that select company of writers on nature who have produced works of high literary merit." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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3 Matthiessen, Peter Raditzer
New York Viking 1961 First Edition, First Printing Hard Cover 
Very Good+ in a Very Good dustjacket. Blue paper-covered boards quarterbound in ivory cloth. Blue topstain. 152pps. There is a light touch of sunning to the board edges. Also, there is a pencil-erasure and a faint sticker shadow on the ffep. Otherwise excellent: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. No reading wear or previous ownership markings. The price-clipped dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has shallow rubbing wear to the tips and the spine-ends and light rubbing to the gloss along the gutters. There is a 1/4" closed tear at the bottom of the rear panel. Overall, a nice, presentable copy of this, the author's third novel.

"...This story dramatizes the old truth, that the evil in some men drives out the good in others -- but who can be sure what is good and what is evil? Raditzer was a dreg of a man, braggart and thief, foul-mouthed; there was something unholy about him. Everyone on the ship carrying troops to the Pacific avoided him. Charlie Stark, the seaman who was older than the others and had the attributes and advantages of the well-educated, was especially harassed, for Raditzer chose Charlie as his friend. In this unwelcome relationship, Charlie recognized a new responsibility.
In Hawaii, where Charlie saw the war end, where he yielded to a temptation that outraged Raditzer, the guilt of Charlie Stark was compounded. Why did he have to protect this man? Charlie found it impossible to abandon him to his enemies; and something of Raditzer rubbed off, changing Charlie's life forever..."


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Price: 145.00 USD
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4 Matthiessen, Peter Wildlife In America
New York Viking 1959 First Edition Hines, Bob 
In Near Fine condition. Green cloth quarterbound in tan buckram. The spine is stamped in green and gilt; the decorative front board in gray. Quarto. 'Totems of The Plains Indians' endpapers (by George Catlin). 304pps., with numerous line drawings plus 8 pages of color plates and 16 pages of monochrome plates. No dustjacket. There is a tidy gift inscription on the ffep and a smudge, small and quite faint, on the fore-edge, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. A very nice copy, sans jacket, of the author's third book.

"...To the large body of literature dealing with the natural life of North America this book is a unique contribution. It is the first comprehensive history of American wildlife, from the time of the white man's arrival in the New World to the present. To fashion this valuable and fascinating chronicle, Peter Matthiessen has studied the accounts of explorers, settlers, and naturalists from the time of the first records. He tells of the great auk and of many other creatures, of how they vanished and where and why, and what is now being done that North America may not become a wasteland of man's creation, in which no wild thing can live.
The book follows the tide of white settlement as it moved from the eastern seaboard in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, across the rivers, plains, and mountains to the Pacific. It tells of the fur trappers and whalers, the market hunters and the spoilers. Never before in a single volume has the story of our continent's original inhabitants been told with such dramatic detail and illustration..."


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Price: 34.90 USD
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5 Matthiessen, Peter Wildlife In America
New York Viking 1959 First Edition Cloth Hines, Bob 
Very Good+ in a Near Fine dustjacket. Green cloth quarterbound in tan buckram. The spine is stamped in green and gilt; the decorative front board in gray. 'Totems of The Plains Indians' endpapers (by George Catlin). 304pps., with numerous line drawings plus 8 pages of color plates and 16 pages of monochrome plates. The topstain is unevenly faded. A couple of tips are mildly bumped. Also, a previous owner's very small and unobtrusive blind-stamp is impressed near the bottom of both the ffep and the half-title page. Otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. The text is immaculate; no reading wear. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is mildly rubbed and has light wear at the tips and spine-ends; the original price is intact. A very nice copy of the author's third book.

"...To the large body of literature dealing with the natural life of North America this book is a unique contribution. It is the first comprehensive history of American wildlife, from the time of the white man's arrival in the New World to the present. To fashion this valuable and fascinating chronicle, Peter Matthiessen has studied the accounts of explorers, settlers, and naturalists from the time of the first records. He tells of the great auk and of many other creatures, of how they vanished and where and why, and what is now being done that North America may not become a wasteland of man's creation, in which no wild thing can live.
The book follows the tide of white settlement as it moved from the eastern seaboard in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, across the rivers, plains, and mountains to the Pacific. It tells of the fur trappers and whalers, the market hunters and the spoilers. Never before in a single volume has the story of our continent's original inhabitants been told with such dramatic detail and illustration..."


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Price: 120.00 USD
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