Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen


One of the greatest books of travel and nature writing ever written. Peter Matthiessen travels all the way to Dolpo, a Tibetan plateau in the high Himalayas in 1973. Matthiessen made the 250-mile trek to Dolpo, as part of an expedition to study wild blue sheep. It was an arduous, sometimes dangerous, physical endeavour: exertion, blisters, blizzards, endless negotiations with sherpas, quaking cold. But it was also a “journey of the heart.” Amongst the beauty and indifference of the mountains Matthiessen was searching for solace. He was also searching for a glimpse of a snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be almost mythical.

With an introduction by Richard Mabey.

Paperback, 336pp
Vintage Classics, 1998 (1978)
ISBN 9780099771111