New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
Hardcover. First edition. A tiny spot on the spine, else fine in an attractive, very good dustwrapper with slight tanning at the spine, a couple of small spots on the front panel, and several old internal repairs. Inscribed by the author: "For Edward and Florence Castetter, this small souvenir of a large picnic lunch many years ago. Conrad Richter. May 11, 1955." Edward Castetter, an ethnobotanist and head of the biology department at the University of New Mexico, is one of the dedicatees of this philosophical journey through the deserts of New Mexico.