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1st ed., 8vo, blue cloth. His National Book Award-winning volume, recounting a trip to the Himalayas with naturalist George Schaller in the hopes both of encountering a snow leopard in the wild and of coming to terms with his wife's recent death from cancer. Matthiessen combines natural history, personal reflection and an exploration of the Buddhist religion native to the area. His study, and practice, of Buddhism later resulted in his becoming an ordained Zen priest. Salon Magazine's top travel book of the century. Some light surface wear to covers but still Fine in near fine d/w; no tears, not price-clipped, but some light creases. Signed on title page.