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 extremities are gently bumped and rubbed. The covers are lightly soiled. Minor spine lean. The dust jacket is very good condition, with general rubbing. Also just a little creased. The spine and top edges of the flaps are faded. There is a 1/2 inch long closed tear in the paper at the foot of the spine. The dust jacket has numerous scratched indentations in the surface.Extra charges apply on this item due to weight. Item #17039
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.”.