Natural Environment

Our books on sustainability and the natural environment include a range of early publications by Rachel Carson, the founder of the environmental movement.
  • Forces of Life - The Botanic Man
    Author: Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Staples Press Limited, United Kingdom (1952)

    Rachel Carson whom the New York Times has described as a 'physical scientist with a literary genius', has written the epic story of the war which began with the birth of things, the war which will never know an armistice, the ceaseless war of nature in which millions upon millions die each day in the great struggle for survival.

    The real hero of Under the Sea-Wind is life itself. Life is the prize for the swift of wing, the strong of tooth, the ready of claw, the wary and the armed. The creatures who play out htis unending struggle inhabit the sheltered marshlands of the coast, the open sea and the steep descent from the continential slopes to the deep abyss.

    In her inspired disciplined, evocative prose Rachel Carson records the skirmishes and the battles that the fought along the shore, in the endless sky above and the endless sea below. Here is the story of the fierce-eyed jaeger; scourge of the all the tundra; of the great armadas of golden plover beating their way over northern seas to the warmth of South America; of the ancient, mysterious migration that takes the eels from the rivers to the coastal waters, thence to the great abyss of their forebears, there to spawn and then die.

    Hardcover, 239 pages (Used in aged condition)
    NZ$ 14.00
  • Forces of Life - The Botanic Man
    Author: Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster, United States (1950, 1951, 1958)

    Here, in an edition especially adapted for young readers, is Rachel Carson's magnificent story of the oceans of the world. Illustrated with 150 photographs, maps, and drawings in colour and black and white - showing plankton, birds, animals, jellyfish, seaweeds, ocean currents and storms at sea.

    Teach your children about the sea from the women that helped start the environmental movement.

    Photo: Rachel Carson - back insert cover of The Sea Around Us - Special edition for young readers

    Hardcover, 165 pages (used and in aged condition)
    NZ$ 10.00
  • Rachel Carson - Legacy and Challenge
    Editors: Lisa H Sideris and Kathleen Dean
    Publisher: State University of New York Press, United States (2008)

    Long before Rachel Carson would become synonymous with environmental activism, she was a nature and science writer, penning The Sense of Wonder for children, and three books about the ocean and its inhabitants - including the bestselling The Sea Around Us. Based solidly on science and written in beautiful prose, Carson's work issues a practical and moral challenge to her readers: Can we find a way to live on earth with care and respect?

    In Rachel Carson, the first book to offer a sustained treatment of her work prior to Silent Spring, editors Lisa H Sideris and Kathleen Dean Moore bring together seventeen writers, activists, and scholars from a range of disciplines to uncover the many sides of Rachel Carson.

    Exposing her enthusiasm for the natural world and the depth of her writings, the contributors examine her books, speeches, essays, and the letters she wrote as she prepared to die. A testament to Carson's continued influence on environmental thought, this volume is for everyone who cares about finding ways to live sustainably on earth.

    To learn more about Rachel Carson visit The Rachel Carson Homestead website.

    Soft cover, 286 pages (new
    NZ$ 60.00
  • Silent Spring - hardcover
    Author Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Penguin Group, United Kingdom (1962)

    Rachel Carson's scientifically passionate exposure of the effects of indiscriminate use of chemicals is still of vital importance. In her vivid and well-informed text she describes how pesticides and insecticides are applied almost universally to farms, forests, gardens and homes with scant regard to the consequent contamination of our environment and the widespread destruction of wildlife. She argues that unless we recognize that human beings are only a part of the living world, our progressive poisoning of the planet will end in catastrophe. Silent Spring remains the classic statement which founded a whole movement and should be read by everyone who is concerned about the future of our world.

    Photo: Rachel Carson - back insert cover of The Sea Around Us - Special edition for young readers

    Hardcover, 304 pages (Used with some aging)
    NZ$ 20.00
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  • Silent Spring - softcover
    Author Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Penguin Group, United Kingdom - paperback (1962, reprinted 1991)

    First published in 1962, Rachel Carson's scientifically passionate exposure of the effects of indiscriminate use of chemicals is still of vital importance. In her vivid and well-informed text she describes how pesticides and insecticides are applied almost universally to farms, forests, gardens and homes with scant regard to the consequent contamination of our environment and the widespread destruction of wildlife. She argues that unless we recognize that human beings are only a part of the living world, our progressive poisoning of the planet will end in catastrophe. Silent Spring remains the classic statement which founded a whole movement and should be read by everyone who is concerned about the future of our world.

    Paperback, 317 pages (Used, in aged condition and has non-author inscription inside cover)
    NZ$ 20.00
  • The Edge of the Sea
    Author: Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Signet Science Library, United States (1955)

    The Edge of the Sea takes you on a scientific tour of a world as old as time, a world where life began and the forces of evolution are still at work. At the sea's edge, that mysterious region where sea and shore meet, Rachel Carson shows you the watery kingdom of curious creatures who shape their lives to the rhythm of the changing tides.

    Softcover, 238 pages (Used but in great shape)
    NZ$ 15.00
  • The Sea Around Us
    Author: Rachel Carson
    Publisher:
    From the author that helped start the environmental movement by waking us up to the impacts humans were having on the environment.

    Here is the strange and exciting story of the seas - how they were born, how earth's life emerged from them, and the fantastic marine world within them. Rahcel Carson tells of the teeming life of the upper levels, of the Icey, black, primeval depths, and of the immense forces which find their expression in the tides and currents. Here is a story of the waves which have carved out the land and of the stupendous 'snowfall' which has built up the sea bed; of which the volcanic action which throws up huge masses on the ocean floor; of immense mountains and desolate canyons; and of the way in which the sun and the spinning of the earth act upon the oceans.

    She describes the pulsing of spring when salmon migrate and jelly-fish spawn and the mysterious creatures that have so far evaded man's efforts to capture them. She tells of the language of the waves which, translated, brings news of earthquakes and storms raging in distant waters; of the age of the sea and of land that was once as bleak as the mountains of the moon; of tides, the birth of islands, the shape of ancient seas, and the hidden lands.

    Hardback, 230 pages (Used with age, inside map page missing)
    NZ$ 10.00
  • Under the Sea-Wind
    Author: Rachel Carson
    Publisher: Staples Press Limited, United Kingdom (1952)

    Rachel Carson whom the New York Times has described as a 'physical scientist with a literary genius', has written the epic story of the war which began with the birth of things, the war which will never know an armistice, the ceaseless war of nature in which millions upon millions die each day in the great struggle for survival.

    The real hero of Under the Sea-Wind is life itself. Life is the prize for the swift of wing, the strong of tooth, the ready of claw, the wary and the armed. The creatures who play out htis unending struggle inhabit the sheltered marshlands of the coast, the open sea and the steep descent from the continential slopes to the deep abyss.

    In her inspired disciplined, evocative prose Rachel Carson records the skirmishes and the battles that the fought along the shore, in the endless sky above and the endless sea below. Here is the story of the fierce-eyed jaeger; scourge of the all the tundra; of the great armadas of golden plover beating their way over northern seas to the warmth of South America; of the ancient, mysterious migration that takes the eels from the rivers to the coastal waters, thence to the great abyss of their forebears, there to spawn and then die.

    Hardcover, 239 pages (Used in aged condition)
    NZ$ 15.00

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