"ONE OF THE GREATEST NATURE WRITERS IN AMERICAN LETTERS"
CARSON, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962. Octavo, original green cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. $950.
First edition of Rachel Carson's pioneering work in environmental pollution, a lovely copy in the original 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). First edition: with "First Printing" on copyright page. Containing numerous in-text illustrations.
Book fine; mild edge-wear to bright near-fine dust jacket.