Watchers at the Pond - Franklin RussellHodder & Stoughton, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with nicks at the spine ends and corners. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] From the cover: “Franklin Russell unforgettably re-creates a world bounded by sudden death, yet limitless in the urgency of its life force; a world in which every creature is both hunter and hunted, and where the mystery of destruction is faced eternally with the mystery of creation itself. It begins in snow and ice with many pond creatures — some in hibernation, others awake and sharply watching — living in the bitter cold of midwinter. Prey and predator alike are forced to the very limits of their endurance in the struggle to survive. When the spring explodes silently across the pond it awakens incalculable numbers of creatures who have been asleep in the earth and water and wood, and it draws a horde of voyagers from the south. Suddenly, in all its incredible diversity, the pond vibrates with watchfulness. A fierce summer drought tests, again, survival itself, but gradually autumn slows the surge of life; the frosts come, the leaves turn, and the birds begin their great flight south. The story ends, as does the cycle of the year, with ice and snow once again gripping the pond. As skilfully as any novelist, and with the precision and authority of a trained naturalist, Mr Russell brings to light many unsuspected secrets of the pond and the drama of its life. His beautifully written and sharply observant book invites the reader to share that hidden life.”
Jacket designed by Ralph Thompson. Size: 8" x 5½". Black / Flecked Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 pages.