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The Snow Leopard

(1978)
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In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture on earth." Their voyage was in quest of one of the world's most elusive big cats, the snow leopard of high Asia, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical; Schaller was one of only two Westerners known to have seen a snow leopard in the wild since 1950.

Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a vehicle for reflections on all manner of matters of life and death. In the process, The Snow Leopard evolves from an already exquisite book of natural history and travel into a grand, Buddhist-tinged parable of our search for meaning. By the end of their expedition, having seen wolves, foxes, rare mountain sheep, and other denizens of the Himalayas, and having seen many signs of the snow leopard but not the cat itself, Schaller muses, "We've seen so much, maybe it's better if there are some things that we don't see."

That sentiment, as well as the sense of wonder at the world's beauty that pervades Matthiessen's book, ought to inform any journey into the wild. --Gregory McNamee

Genre: Inspirational

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Hardback Editions

August 1987 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Snow Leopard -Lib
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-613-13052-9 / 978-0-613-13052-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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June 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-8446-7128-2 / 978-0-8446-7128-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc
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August 1987 : USA Library Binding

Title: Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4176-3751-X / 978-1-4176-3751-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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March 1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-7011-2372-9 / 978-0-7011-2372-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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August 1978 : USA Hardback

Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-670-65374-8 / 978-0-670-65374-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard: (penguin Orange Collection)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-14-312952-X / 978-0-14-312952-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-14-310551-5 / 978-0-14-310551-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA Ex
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January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-09-977111-X / 978-0-09-977111-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-14-025508-7 / 978-0-14-025508-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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November 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard (Harvill Panther)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-86046-153-0 / 978-1-86046-153-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): PETER MATTHIESSEN
ISBN: 1-86046-183-2 / 978-1-86046-183-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill
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April 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-00-272025-6 / 978-0-00-272025-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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August 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-14-010266-3 / 978-0-14-010266-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-553-20651-6 / 978-0-553-20651-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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October 1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard (Picador Books)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-330-26161-4 / 978-0-330-26161-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-553-12343-2 / 978-0-553-12343-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
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Audio Editions

April 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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1989 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-7366-1604-7 / 978-0-7366-1604-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

November 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Snow Leopard
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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