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Wild America: The Record of a 30,000-mile Journey Around the Nort

Wild America: The Record of a 30,000-mile Journey Around the North American Continent by an American Naturalist and His British Colleague - Roger Peterson & James Fisher

London: Collins, 1956, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper worn at the edges with a couple of chips and slight fraying to the head of the spine. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. The contents complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Line drawings; Charts;

From the cover: “If you come to America, Roger Peterson suggested to James Fisher, I will meet you in Newfoundland and conduct you around the continent. We will go from Newfoundland to Alaska by way of Mexico — and you will see a more complete cross-section of wild America than any other Englishman and all but few North Americans have ever seen. Wild America tells the story of the achievement of this almost fantastic plan in a hundred days — during which the writers travelled about 25,000 miles on the North American continent. When James Fisher returned to England he had seen no fewer than 601 species of birds in North America, 536 of them in the area covered by the American Ornithologists Union. Previously nobody had seen more than 497 species in this area in a whole year.

But the object of the marathon trip was not just record-breaking; it was a tour of the wildest parts of North America by two naturalists each of whom has interested more people in his own country in birds than any other men now living. Peterson and Fisher are close personal friends, and have been on many field trips together in Europe, and this enthusiastic book is the first of many collaborations that they plan.

Already widely travelled in his own continent, Roger Peterson felt that the Grand Tour of 1953 needed a pair of trained naturalist’s eyes that were quite fresh to the North American scene. Both naturalists, as they motored and flew their thousands of miles, kept notes and journals; and in each chapter of Wild America Peterson sets the scene and adds a postscript while Fisher’s impressions and spontaneous reactions to the galaxy of natural wonders form the central part. To these words are added a century and a half of decorative illustrations by Peterson, which American critics already agree to be the finest series of drawings this fine artist has made.

At the end of the tour, which embraced the greatest aggregation of large mammals of one species in the world, and the biggest and oldest living things in the world, James Fisher concluded that Americans show us too little of their earthly paradise and publicise too little their determination to share it with wild nature. Never have I seen such wonders or met landlords so worthy of their land. They have had, and still have, the power to ravage it; and instead they have made it a garden.”


Jacket designed by Roger Tory Peterson. Illustrated by Roger Tory Peterson. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 416 pages.
£29.00
Wild America: The Record of a 30,000-mile Journey Around the Nort