First Edition of Rachel Carson's The Edge of the Sea; Signed by Her
The Edge of the Sea.
Item Number: 96743
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1955.
First edition of Carson’s classic work, which explores marine life that takes us into “a truly extraordinary world” (The Atlantic Monthly). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Illustrated by Bob Hines. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Known for “catching the life breath of science on the still glass of poetry,” nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson is an icon of environmentalism, and her first love was the sea (Time). In this book, she explores rocky shores, sandy beaches, and coral reefs, leading us into unknown worlds to catch the evanescent beauty of a tide pool and tell the story of a grain of sand, and conveys the true complexity, beauty, and wonder of marine life, both animals and plants. “It is a truly extraordinary world which Miss Carson vividly unfolds to us . . . a world full of marvels such as the tiny periwinkle, which has 3,500 teeth, and the sea pansy, which has responded to the struggle for survival by turning itself from an individual into a colony" (The Atlantic Monthly)