A very good first edition, in the original red cloth binding. Some browning to top and bottom of spine, and some very slight push in to bottom of spine. Slight foxing to edges, and several of the pages are shorter on the bottom, likely miscut. In a very good unclipped dust jacket, with a small hole to the front cover, a chip missing on the bottom of the spine, and two small tears to the top of the back jacket. Wear to the spine folds and corners.
'No hawk can be a pet. There is no sentimentality. In a way, it is the psychiatrist's art. One is matching one's mind against another mind with deadly reason and interest. One desires no transference of affection, demands no ignoble homage or gratitude. It is a tonic for the less forthright savagery of the human heart.'
First published in 1951, T.H. White's memoir describes with searing honesty his attempt to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird to master. With no previous experience and only a few hopelessly out-of-date books on falconry as a guide, he set about trying to bend the will of his young bird Gos to his own. Suffering setback after setback, the solitary and troubled White nonetheless found himself obsessively attached to the animal he hoped would one day set him free.