“ONE OF THE GREATEST NATURE WRITERS IN AMERICAN LETTERS”: FIRST EDITION OF CARSON’S SILENT SPRING
CARSON, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962. Octavo, original green cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. $750.
First edition of Rachel Carson’s pioneering work in environmental pollution, in scarce dust jacket.
"The first work to address the larger issues of environmental pollution" (The Book in America, 133). "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations… It is well crafted, fearless and succinct… Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Mattheissen, Time). With numerous in-text illustrations.
Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket near-fine with only light wear to extremities. A lovely copy.