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Gerald Durrell The Whispering Land

TheWhispering Land by Gerald Durrell First Edition


The Whispering Land by Gerald Durrell

With 34 Illustrations by Ralph Thompson


Humorous, autobiographical account of Gerald Durrell’s travels around Argentina in 1950s collecting animals for his zoo.

Flyleaf notes.

No one but Gerald Durrell could wake up under a Land-Rover in a cold Patagonia dawn and watch a family of foxes performing a Chinese ballet with a roll of lavatory paper, and no one else could describe their grace and absurdity so vividly. He had gone to that windswept and beautiful land to film penguins who had camped themselves on an arena by the shore where the sand was dotted with relics of an extinct race of Indians, and to watch the placid amours of the fur seals and the gross indolence of the elephant seals, and his description of these creatures is as lively and evocative as any film. Besides meeting guanacos and rheas on the pampas he was also out to collect what animals he could from a tropical paradise in the opposite end of Argentina with the delicious name of Jujuy. A wealth of macaws, parrots ( one of them with a treacherous flow of abuse) seriemas and other birds keep him busy and the reader entertained and amused, as doe his ingenuity in dealing with such diverse mammals as a half-starved ocelot and a peccary with pneumonia, to say nothing of his crazy and unsuccessful attempt to catch a vampire bat using his own frozen toe as bait.


First edition non fiction hardback with dust jacket published in 1961. Price Clipped, No inscriptions.

Published by Rupert Hart Davis, Soho Square, London.

Size: 23cm x 15 cm

Number of pages:  235Pages

Illustrations: Jacket Design and illustrations by Ralph Thompson



A Word in Advance


The Customs of the Country

The Whispering Land

A Sea of Headwaiters

The Golden Swarm

The Bulbous Beasts


The Customs of the Country


A City of Bichos

Vampires and Wine

A Wagon-Load of Bichos

The Customs of the Country

Stop Press



Biography of Author:

Gerald Durrell was born in India in 1925, moving to England aged three. In the 1940s he worked in a pet shop, on a farm near Bournemouth and at Whipsnade Zoo. His two main ambitions were to become an animal collector and to set up his own zoo. In 1956 his most famous book ‘My Family and Other Animals’ was written. There were seven more popular books between 1953-58. He opened Jersey Zoo in March 1959. You can read more about the life and works of author and naturalist Gerald Durrell at



Dust Jacket:  Good colouring although looks grubby.  Slight rubbing and tearing to edges and corners. Wear on the edges and tears to top and bottom of spine. Foxing and age-related marks and wear on the reserve side dust jacket.

Boards:   Slight age-related wear and a faint mark in the middle of the front board.  Bright clean tan boards with titles and lettering in gold.

Binding: Leaning slightly

Spine: Slight wear on edges.

Pages.  All pages complete, clean and age-toned at the edges. Some indentations on extreme page fore edges  . Front and rear free endpapers age toned. And a faint red quare on the front free end paper. Frontispiece is clean and bright.  A good book.


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