Item #ABE-1642136837104 Annals of the Former World. John McPhee.
Annals of the Former World
Annals of the Former World
Annals of the Former World
Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page: "For the city and the people of New Orleans, through the Levee of Books from Princeton University, Spring 2006, with heartfelt best wishes, John McPhee." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This copy was donated by McPhee to help the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) rebuild after Katrina, which destroyed eight NOPL branches and damaged five others. Discarded library books were built into a model levee on Princeton's Firestone Plaza as a proxy for new books bought for NOPL, and notable Princeton authors contributed signed volumes. This is an eighth printing (1999), but one of McPhee's own copies. A remarkable association in light of McPhee's long essay "Atchafalaya" in The Control of Nature, which details the Army Corps of Engineers flood-gate diversion of water from the Atchafalaya River to maintain the navigable course of the Mississippi and keep it flowing towards New Orleans, which would otherwise be marooned. As McPhee wrote in that piece, first published in The New Yorker, "The Mississippi River, with its sand and silt, has created most of Louisiana, and it could not have done so by remaining in one channel. If it had, southern Louisiana would be a long narrow peninsula reaching into the Gulf of Mexico. Southern Louisiana exists in its present form because the Mississippi River has jumped here and there within an arc about two hundred miles wide, like a pianist playing with one hand frequently and radically changing course, surging over the left or the right bank to go off in utterly new directions." The failed levees that led to the Katrina disaster is, unfortunately, a testament to McPhee's prescience, a potent reminder of our inability to control nature. A near fine book with softening to corners and top and bottom of spine. Pages clean and tight. In a near fine jacket with light edge wear and a few creases to head and tail of spine. // Wood (+) River (=) Books specializes in place-based and environmental literature, with a special passion for association copies and notable inscriptions. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #ABE-1642136837104
ISBN: 9780374105204

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