The Sea Around Us - Environmental Classic

Alfred Eisenstaedt Signed Limited Edition

Year 1980
Pages 252
Binding Leather
Condition Fine
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The Limited Editions Club, 1980. LIMITED EDITION # 670 of 2000. Signed by legegendary photographer (and illustrator of this fine volume) Alfred Eisenstaedt on limitation page. Very attractive full dark blue buckram with blind-stamped "waves" - in original glassine dust jacket in remarkably like new condition and original cardboard slipcase with shadow of what had held a spine label. Illustrated with color photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt. #670 of 2,000 copies, signed by Eisenstaedt on the limitation page. Book is in fine condition. “The Sea Around Us is a prize-winning 1951 bestseller by Rachel Carson about oceanography, marine biology and the ecosystem within and around the world's oceans and seas. It is the second book Carson wrote, following the well-reviewed but poor-selling Under the Sea Wind (1941), and is the book that launched Carson into the public eye. Often described as "poetic", the book won both the 1952 National Book Award in nonfiction and a Burroughs Medal in nature writing.[1] The book has been translated into over thirty languages. The book remained on the bestseller list for 86 weeks. Carson began writing the book—which she initially planned to call Return to the Sea—in 1948, just after hiring Marie Rodell as her literary agent. Carson began by writing a single chapter (what would be "The Birth of an Island") along with a detailed outline, which Rodell used to pitch the book to publishers. In researching for the book, Carson met with a number of oceanographers to discuss current research. Carson and Rodell had little initial success with magazines as venues for the islands chapter along with a second chapter titled "Another Beachhead". In April, 1949, with about a third of the chapters complete, Rodell began trying to find a publisher for the full book. By June, Carson had a contract with Oxford University Press that promised completion of the manuscript by March 1, 1950. Carson continued to write and research through 1949 and into 1950, despite unexpected health and financial difficulties. Part of the research involved a trip aboard a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ship, Albatross III. After pushing back the completion deadline, Carson completed the manuscript in June 1950.” Publisher's letter laid-in. Signed by Illustrator. 252 plus signed and numbered limitation page.