Silent Spring. – Carson, Rachel.

Carson, Rachel.


Publisher: Hamish Hamilton. London. 1963 (First UK Edition)
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8vo XVII, 304pp. Hardcover in light brown cloth in very good condition with a silver title on a red background on an excellent tight spine with a bright non price-clipped d/w in orange (UK EdItion) with a well sunned spine and a very small tear to the bottom edge plus minor chipping to all corners, light flecking on the fore-edge but with an unfaded red upper edge,now protected by clear archival covering, text is in overall excellent condition with lightly tanned pages and no prior owner markings or underlinings at all. Addressing a WWF dinner, the late Duke of Edinburgh said “I strongly recommend Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring if you want to see what’s going on”. With an introduction by the late Lord Ernest Shackleton and a preface by Sir Julian Huxley, this so very famous book is of course one of the earliest environmental science books ever written and arguably the most famous, sparking a government investigation into the widespread use of pesticides and leading to a total ban on DDT in the US and many other countries. Indeed it is said to be one of the most influential books of the twentieth century (Time Magazine), alerting the public to urgent damage happening to the environment and all life on earth, despite aggressive attempts to ban the book by the chemical industry. It also contains an amazing 47 page detailed list of all principal sources as well. Not as valuable as the green clothed US First Edition, it is nevertheless worthy of a prominent place in all intelligent book collections..