Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. 1st Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 2,000 copies, this copy is unnumbered. Publisher's light teal cloth, with the mustard yellow paper label lettered in light teal to the spine; in the original mustard yellow dust jacket, stamped in black. About fine, with a hint of light wear and faint spotting to the extremities, otherwise bright boards, fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with minute wear to the spine ends, else fine. A very fresh and bright copy. Skyline Promenades is a text about the author's backpacking trip with his friend Pierre through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The combination of Atkinson's articulate writing style and admiration for nature results in eloquent prose that pays homage to the region. For example, he begins the text by describing the mountains: "lofty habitations of the gods" which are "not to be re-created in pallid sentences, nor adequately understood by the minds of journeyman scribblers." Additionally, Skyline Promenades contains amusing descriptions of the mishaps the author experienced on his hike, including a scenario when the two men, seeking refuge from a thunderstorm on a knoll, woke up to realize that they had camped on an island on Sawyer Pond. Throughout the text, Atkinson, editor of The New York Times Book Review, peppers his description of the mountains and their surrounding forests with his general opinions on "the things which interest him most," including the merits of country living versus city life, celebrities, and occasional philosophy. In the same year this text was published, Atkinson became a drama critic for The New York Times, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for foreign correspondence for his work in Moscow.