In 1973 Mathiessen journeyed wioth George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wiild blue sheep of the ...Show synopsisIn 1973 Mathiessen journeyed wioth George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wiild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Zen Buddhism and for him this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. He succeeds well in blending the spiritual with the earthly and thisbook i an evocative accoutn of a remote and timeless place and its people.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine. Signed by author. fine book in softcover. 338 p. Includes:...Fine. Signed by author. fine book in softcover. 338 p. Includes: illustrations, maps, index, bibliography. signed only by author on title page Mattiessen, an avid Zen Buddhist, travels to Nepal and the Himalayas on a spiritual journal
Edition: First edition. 1st softcover edition, 11th printing
Binding: Trade paperback
Description:Fine. Signed by author. fine, signed book in softcover. 338 p....Fine. Signed by author. fine, signed book in softcover. 338 p. Includes: illustrations, maps, index. signed only by author on title page The late author's sign book on his Himalayan journey.
Description:Fine. No Jacket Issued. Signed by Peter Matthiessen on the...Fine. No Jacket Issued. Signed by Peter Matthiessen on the limitation page, certificate of authenticity is included, which is also signed by Matthiessen. Bound in deep burgundy leather with gold decoration on front and back covers and gold lettering and decoration on the spine. All edges gilt, moire silk end papers, satin ribbon marker, three raised bands, acid free paper. Also includes Easton Press bookplate (unmarked) and a card printed with information about the book.
Description:Fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding....Fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 338 p. Audience: General/trade. Viking NY (1978), 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good DJ in mylar. 1st Edition, 1st printing of the author's classic work which won the National Book Award. Signed by Matthiessen on the title page. Near fine in a very good plus jacket. A very sharp copy. Signed by Author
Description:Signed by Author First trade edition of this National Book Award...Signed by Author First trade edition of this National Book Award winner, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Minor soiling to the edges of the page block. The jacket has a little edgewear at the spine ends and a tiny nick at the top of the spine. Signed by the author on the half title page.
Edition: First edition. first thus edition by Easton Press
Binding: Full leather
Publisher: Easton Press,
Description:New. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author. as new copy, in...New. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author. as new copy, in burgandy full leather, signed by author with c.o.a. laid in. signed by author with certificate of authenticity, dated 6/3/04 a new, signed, full leather copy of Peter Matthiessen's masterpiece
Description:First edition of this classic work of modern nature writing....First edition of this classic work of modern nature writing. Octavo. Original cloth. Signed by the author. Near fine in a very good plus dust jacket. In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture on earth." Their voyage was in quest of one of the world's most elusive big cats, the snow leopard of high Asia, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical; Schaller was one of only two Westerners known to have seen a snow leopard in the wild since 1950. Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a vehicle for reflections on all manner of matters of life and death. In the process, The Snow Leopard evolves from an already exquisite book of natural history and travel into a grand, Buddhist-tinged parable of our search for meaning. By the end of their expedition, having seen wolves, foxes, rare mountain sheep, and other denizens of the Himalayas, and having seen many signs of the snow leopard but not the cat itself, Schaller muses, "We've seen so much, maybe it's better if there are some things that we don't see."
Edition: this edition limited to 199 copies for friends of the author
Description:Fine. Fine book in a fine glassine cover, Limited edition. First...Fine. Fine book in a fine glassine cover, Limited edition. First edition. Includes index. book in fine condition, no markings, given to friends of the author and publisher a beautiful copy of this modern classic
Description:Signed by Author Fine in leather binding with gilt decorations....Signed by Author Fine in leather binding with gilt decorations. With a special message from the author for this edition. The correct first edition of this National Book Award winner. Although not published as a signed edition, this copy is signed by the author on the title page.
Description:Galley/Proof. Signed by Author Uncorrected proof copy of this...Galley/Proof. Signed by Author Uncorrected proof copy of this National Book Award winner, very good+ in original printed blue wraps. The wraps are a little sunned on the spine, wrapping to the edges of both covers. A little minor soiling to page edges, and the title page has a small crease at the lower corner. A scarce early state of this wonderful Zen/travel/nature book, and signed by the author on the title page.
The journey Peter Matthiessen embarks on into the depths of his soul is wonderfully shadowed by the elusive snow leopard. As Peter reflects on his past, family and his life in general he seeks a teacher in the far reaches of Nepal.To his amused realization several teachers and teachings were offered throughout this amazing journey to Shey Monastery at Crystal Mountain. A fabulous read as one appreciates the wonderful narrative and humanness of his writing. Over three decades later this book is timeless in its writing as a travel journal during which the spiritual journey is paramount.
This book may be read on many different levels. A study of Nepal and its people, wildlife and climate; interactions among many people of varying races, culture and belief systems; the glories and trials of trekking at the top of the world;and an opportunity to delve into Buddhism. It also is the adventure of seeking elusive creatures of an exceptional world. Matthiessen always impresses with his love of mankind.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Mattheissen is a quirky book written by one of the best writers alive. It?s part adventure, part natural history, part anthropology, part memoir and part mediation on Eastern religion. An American Buddhist travels to a very remote part of Tibet, partnered with another scientist, to study a rare, blue sheep and possibly catch a glimpse of the fabled snow leopard. The expedition is under-funded, behind schedule and forever in danger of immediate collapse. Mr. Mattheissen?s keen eye for detail misses nothing and, for some readers, his poetic descriptions may become a little too much. Besides the exquisite details of the flora and fauna, there are long discourses into the religious and socio-political histories of the region and in-depth character profiles of the expedition members .
Though drama mounts as winter approaches, the physical danger takes a backseat to the psychological and spiritual trek. At its heart, the Snow Leopard is a personal journey of loss and redemption. Some critics have complained that this is the book?s greatest weakness. Here Mr. Matthiessen seems to withhold from us just a bit. We learn that his wife has recently died, but we get very little detail and only the briefest glimpse into his family life. I didn?t mind too much. It?s better to withhold some personal emotion than succumb to the kind of self-absorbed bulimia that seems so common in first person narratives today.
In the Snow Leopard, it?s the journey that matters. If you like natural history, adventure stories and philosophical discussion, Snow Leopard is a must read.
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