“As a general rule of biology, migratory species are less 'aggressive' than sedentary ones": First Edition of Bruce Chatwin's Songlines; Inscribed by Him

  • Songlines.


Item Number: 80017

New York: The Viking Press, 1987.

First edition of Chatwin’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Bruce Chatwin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.

Part adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin's most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin's search for the source and meaning of the ancient "dreaming tracks" of the Aborigines—the labyrinth of invisible pathways by which their ancestors "sang" the world into existence. This singular book, which was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 1987, engages all of Chatwin's lifelong passions, including his obsession with travel, his interest in the nomadic way of life, and his hunger to understand man's origins and nature.