New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 224pp. Small square folio [31 cm] Ivory paper covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Very good. The corners of the covers are bumped. The front free endsheet has been torn out. The dust jacket is in good condition. The spine of the jacket is heavily discolored. There are several short closed tears in the edges. Price-clipped. Extra charges apply on this item due to weight. Item #17037
Photographs by Eliot Porter. Signed by Stegner on the half title page. BACKCOVER: “This book is an attempt, by sampling, to say something about how the American people and the American land have interacted, how they have shaped one another; what patterns of life, with what chances of continuity, have arisen out of the confrontations between an unformed society and a virgin continent. Perhaps it is less a book about the American land than some ruminations about the making of America. . . . We are the unfinished product of a long becoming.”.