Press Release: The Snow Leopard
Introduced by Alex Matthiessen
Illustrated with original photographs by George Schaller
Peter Matthiessen is the only writer ever to win the National Book Award for both non-fiction and fiction, but his life was more than his writing. Born into the East Coast establishment Matthiesen joined the CIA, started The Paris Review, wrote more than 30 books, became a world-renowned naturalist and ecological activist and was a master in one of the most respected lineages in Zen. His books shared his rich life experiences and his universal and inclusive world-view.
The Snow Leopard is regarded as his master work – winning two National Book Awards. After the sudden death of his beloved second wife, Deborah Love, he undertook a journey through the Himalayas to the Tibetan Plateau in 1973. He had been invited to accompany biologist George Schaller on an expedition to track the rare Himalayan Blue Sheep. The route crossed the territory of the Snow Leopard and it was the possibility of seeing these endangered big cats in their natural habitat that swayed Matthiessen.
The trip was as much a spiritual journey as a physical one and this Folio edition includes an exclusive introduction written by Peter Matthiessen’s son Alex. The candid essay reveals a great deal about Matthiessen’s personality and motivations. Having retraced his father’s route with George Schaller (one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation) in 2016, Alex also highlights fascinating analogies between the physical and emotional journeys undertaken by father and son.
Twenty of George Schaller’s previously unpublished full-colour images fromthe original expedition illustrate the text. Printed map endpapers show the topography and route of the journey and the ethereal binding illustration has been designed by award-winning artists Kai & Sunny, who have beautifully encapsulated the twin elements of exploration and spiritualism.
Bound in printed, blocked and spot-varnished cloth. Set in Laurentian. 320 pages.
20 pages of colour plates. Printed map endpapers. 10˝ x 6¾˝
UK £36.95 US $54.95 Can $74.95 Aus $74.95
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