Man and the Earth

1974, a rare first printing of this environmentalist classic


Patrick Duncan, with a message from Peter Scott


Volturna Press, Peterhead, 1974
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 15.5cm, 232pp.

A little known environmentalist classic. This book was among the first calls for a new system of values to govern the relationship between humanity and our planet. It has at least two claims on our attention. First, it contains a passionate and reasoned plea for the rights of non-human life. Second, Patrick Duncan proposes a new ethic which might enable fractious humanity to come together and help save the world from disaster. Patrick Duncan was exceptional in being an innovative thinker with a breadth of understanding which spanned philosophy, ethics, law and science; and a political activist who dedicated his life to bringing an end to apartheid in his native South Africa.


The book itself is in very good condition, with some light foxing to the pages top edge. The dustwrapper is sunned to the spine and a little to the front cover.

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