New York: Harper & Row, 1967. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4406
New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Stated First U.S. Edition. Octavo (8.5" x 5.75"); 191p. Original dustjacket with $4.95 price; book in black cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Jacket lightly edgeworn with a shallow chip at top near spine and a few faint creases. Boards are square with some fading along top edge and a light dampstain at bottom front edge, not involving page edges or interior. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper, else pages unmarked. Opens a bit easily to between gatherings, but binding is sound. Not ex-library.
Baker spent a decade meticulously tracking and observing the peregrines near his home in Essex then condensed his notes into a single season. The resulting work has been praised for obsessive lyricism and influence beyond the realm of nature writing, with director Werner Hertzog commenting that it is "one book I would ask you to read if you want to make films," but also that "whoever tries to make a feature film of The Peregrine should be shot without trial" [Quoted in Robert MacFarlane's review "Violent Spring" in The Guardian, April 2017].