Category: First edition
London; Collins. 1967.
First edition; 8vo; original boards and illustrated dust jacket. Baker's extraordinary book is an elegy for peregrines and the landscape. At the time of publication pesticides had had an enormous impact on raptor populations. Numbers of pergegrines had declined in Britain from 700 breeding pairs in 1939 to 68 in 1962. The countryside was also menaced, hedges were being grubbed up, copses destroyed and old lanes earthed over. Even though little happens in the book, it is book that has to be read because of the language Baker uses and the quality of deep strangeness with which he invests the Essex landscape - it is mysterious, wild and remote, yet only 50 miles from London. A masterpiece of literature and place. Very good, with bumps to the spine ends and some mild spotting to the top of the text block. The dust jacket is very good with slight fading to spine which also slightly creased to head and foot.