For a Handful of Feathers - 1st Edition


Guy de la Valdéne's classic hunting novel, available here as a 1st Edition Hardcover in excellent condition. This difficult to find, out of print novel makes a perfect gift, for yourself or your favorite outdoorsman.

A lifelong hunter and wild-game gourmet who has traveled the globe on expeditions with world-class sportsmen, Guy de la Valdéne purchased an 800-acre farm outside Tallahassee and set out to raise and hunt his favorite game bird, bobwhite quail. But de la Valdéne is also a naturalist at heart, and as he planted trees and divided fields, he found that running the farm compelled him to operate as both hunter and preservationist, predator and protector. De la Valdéne structures his reflections around a year in the life cycle of the bobwhite quail, from one generation's birth through mating and the raising of their young. Along the way, he gets pulled along on some side trips: to a masterpiece of controlled burning performed by a Vietnam veteran in a helicopter with 300 gallons of napalm, and to his own adventures when he improvises some dam-raising to fill his pond. For a Handful of Feathers reconciles a passion for hunting with a deep sentiment for the wild.

“An American classic . . . A book as unapologetic as it is thoughtful about blood sport . . . [It] has the verbal spark and pace of a fine novel.” —Gray’s Sporting Journal
“A gem that will appeal not only to hunters but to all readers who love the land.” —
Publishers Weekly
“Valuable for its insight into quail behavior and its thoughtful address of hunting ethics.” —
Kirkus Reviews

Condition: Excellent. Some mild foxing apparent on top of pages


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