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1 Mitchell, John Hanson The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
1582430462 / 9781582430461; In this book, John Hanson Mitchell sets out on an extraordinary journey to uncover the essence of wilderness. He ends up exploring the green realms of his childhood and the haunted gardens of Italy, the original source of inspiration for painters and conservationists who shaped the American concept of wilderness. In looking at America's National Parks, the boisterously crowded and smoggy "wilds" sent the author on a pilgrimage into the influence of Italy's seemingly tamed and ordered landscapes. He encounters there the great god Pan, who was born in the mountain fastness of Arcadia and purportedly died with the birth of Christianity but who, as Mitchell argues, can still be found even today if you know how to look. He found an abiding, enduring, and daily connection with the world of nature. He came to realize that the wildest place may be right in his own backyard. An extremely original, beautifully written book. The boards are textured burgundy paper and green spine, with a colophon and author's initials in gold. The lettering on the spine is in gold. ; Octavo (standard book size); 194 pages
Washington, D. C. , U. S.a., 2001, First Edition
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Illustrated by Mitchell, James A.; 
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2 Zwinger, Ann Haymond Shaped by Wind and Water: Reflections of a Naturalist
1571312404 / 9781571312402; Known for beautifully observed and illustrated books about the rivers, deserts and mountains of the West, Ann Haymond Zwinger here focuses on the guiding principle of her life as a naturalist. Even as she writes, she "looks" with a notebook and pencil, believing that "to know the world intimately is the beginning of caring. " The author moves from details to the larger patterns that link them to the entire world, finding in the filaments of mushrooms access to the essential connectedness of life. As artist, writer, and naturalist, she feels that her responsibility is to create a link between scientific natural history and the reader who can learn to love the land. 160 pages, including works cited. Remainder marks on top of pages - two short black lines. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Milkweed Editions
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U. S. A., 2000, First Edition
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Illustrated by Zwinger, Ann Haymond; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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