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Silent Spring. by  Rachel CARSON - First Edition - 1962 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 139004)

Silent Spring.

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Silent Spring.: Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling.

by CARSON, Rachel

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,, 1962. The book that ignited the environmental movement Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, green wavy-patterned endpapers, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket, Bart's Books of Ojai CA, to rear pastedown. Spine slightly cocked, ends bruised, shallow knock to top edge of front board, very occasional mark to contents; jacket a little soiled with a few chips to spine ends. Overall a very good copy. First edition, first printing, of the book that ignited the environmental movement. Carson, a nature writer and Editor-in-Chief for the Fish & Wildlife service, had long been concerned about the widespread use of DDT and other pesticides, but lack of interest from magazine publishers led her to put aside her idea for an exposé. When the book finally appeared in 1962, only a year before her death, its great strength was not in presenting new information - most of the data she included was already known to the scientific community - but in making the information accessible to non-scientists and instilling a sense of fear and urgency in the public. Not only an indictment of DDT, her book challenged the very foundations of post-war modernity and western capitalism, and forced humans to reconsider their relationship to the world around them.


Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement. When Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic.


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Silent Spring.
CARSON, Rachel
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,
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About Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington is currently offering a normal national and international delivery service unaffected by COVID-19. Peter Harrington first started selling rare and antiquarian books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road in 1969, and have since grown to become one of the largest and best known antiquarian bookshops in Europe. Our shop extends over four floors offering up to 20,000 volumes. We also offer a full bookbinding and restoration service, and are members of the ABA and ILAB.


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