b&w photos, maps. Royal 8vo, pp. xxi, 558. "Over forty years of the author's life have been spent in the wild, desolate and beautiful land of Tierra del Fuego. No writer has really known the Fuegian Indians, let alone lived among them and mastered their intricate languages, as E. Lucas Bridges has done. His story is inspired by courage, packed with adventure." An ink inscription on the half title page reads: "Mary found difficulty obtaining a copy of this book and when he succeeded he found two-one for Gordon whose seeking reaches to the [printed title of the book] [signed] Billy Miles". "Billy Miles" is the wife of Vice Admiral Milton E. Miles (whose nickname to intimates was "Mary"), and who achieved distinction in covert operations during the Second World War. "Gordon" is Vice Admiral Gordon McLintock, the superintendant of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
ISBN. Hardback. Book club edition. Good plus condition book, due to heavy bump/crease to upper left corner of back cover and slight bump/crease to upper page corners of last third of book, slight dustsoiling and browning to edges of interior pages, in a Good minus Condition dustjacket with multiple small closed tears, chips, rubs and creases to edges, magic tape repair to upper jacket spine edge, browning and dustsoiling to jacket spine and edges. We have placed dustjacket in a brodart protective cover and it looks better than described. Tight, sound, unmarked copy.
VG+ No Jacket. 8vo. original green cloth (cloth edges a little rubbed with slight bruising to corners, minor flecking to titling on spine, else clean & bright; short fray to top edge of half-title; lacks dustwrapper); pp. xxii (last blank), 23-558, with 48 illustrations + 5 maps, including 1 folding. A very good copy.
Good. No dust jacket. 1951. 558 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth boards with silver lettering. Pages are moderately tanned and thumbed at the edges, with some foxing. Binding has remained firm. Boards are mildly rub worn, with some light shelf wear to spine, edges and corners, corners are bumped. Slight crushing to spine ends. Sunning to spine and edges. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1492612663NIC (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
Very Good in Very Good- jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 558pp. incl. index; HB green w/gilt&maroon; some rub w/lt. wear on edges; clean, tight pgs. DJ beige w/blk. &green some rub; spine sunned; sml. chips&tears. "...this is a true and unembellished account of my life in Tierra del Fuego." illus.
The seller is great: book arrived early and in even better condition than advertised.
The book is essential for anyone visiting or interested in Tierra del Fuego, and is a classic of its (or any other, really) type.
Jan 24, 2008
A real page turner!
I have always enjoyed the age of discovery and in particular this area of the world ... Terra del Fuego. It is a magical place of living with the raw elements of our planet. This book is an excellent story and first hand account of pioneering this strange land and living with its native people the Ona. I truly thank the author for deciding to write this book and help us see what was it like before the influence of white man and all his desire to claim it and eventually changing it forever. Another great book is Rounding the Horn.
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