New York: Viking Press, 1973. Illustrations by Robert Gillmore. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
Blue cloth to grey boards. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with some age fading to the blue cloth. The dust-jacket is price-clipped and has light handling wear. 159 pages. First Edition, Thus. Illustrations by Robert Gillmore.
Very Good / Very Good. Item #17257
"The Wind Birds" represents a significant overhaul of a text initially released in 1967 as a component of an illustrated book titled "The Shorebirds of North America," which boasted a larger format. Back then, Peter Matthiessen's monograph garnered widespread acclaim. Roger Tory Peterson hailed him as a 'superb writer,' and John Hay, in his Natural History magazine review, praised it as a 'mosaic of fascinating information, of observation and description expertly placed.'
Accompanying the updated and expanded text are twenty-five new drawings by Robert Gillmor, a world-renowned wildlife artist. These illustrations complement the text, which now includes a wealth of new information on the year-round activities of the wind birds. This encompasses their astonishing transoceanic migrations and their peculiar mating and nesting behaviors, spanning from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic tundra.
While maintaining scientific precision and authority, this book offers a delightful, vibrant, and exhilarating account of the habits and history of the most diverse and remarkable bird families on our planet. It is sure to captivate the interest of every nature enthusiast.