The Tree Where Man Was Born - The African Experience -
Peter Matthiessen, Eliot Porter
1972 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition
Two celebrated American Naturalists, Matthiessen, an acute observer of the natural world, and Porter, one of the best colour photographers at the time, join to evoke the spirit of Africa, from the Upper Nile in the Sudan, south through Tanzania, northwest to remote Lake Rudolf on the Kenyan frontier.
Large format [28.5 x 25cm], with more than 100 colour photographs.
For those that like infinite detail - Apparently, for the first edition, ‘$14.95 before October 25th, 1972, $17.50 thereafter.’ was printed at the top corner of the inside front flap of the dust jacket, and ‘$17.50’ was also printed on the lower corner, later the top corner was clipped by the publisher leaving the higher price only, and later still the jacket was only printed with the $17.50 price. However there was also a jacket with no price at all, the book within being a beige colour with dark brown titles, unlike the book whose jacket was priced, which was bound in dark brown with titles in gilt. Both binding types had ‘first edition’ stated on the verso of the title page. This particular copy is dark brown with titles in gilt. Jacket price clipped to top and bottom corners of front flap. But instead of worrying about all this, it would be better to just get on and enjoy the book.