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David Attenborough THE TRIALS OF LIFE First Edition Signed
David Attenborough THE TRIALS OF LIFE First Edition Signed
David Attenborough THE TRIALS OF LIFE First Edition Signed

David Attenborough THE TRIALS OF LIFE First Edition Signed

£90.00
First edition first print hardback subtitled A Natural History of Animal Behaviour, published by Collins/BBC Books in 1990. Signed by Attenborough on the half title page.
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First edition first print hardback of THE TRIALS OF LIFE: A Natural History of Animal Behaviour by David Attenborough and published by Collins/BBC Books in 1990. Signed by Attenborough on the half title page.

The book is in very good condition (red cloth boards with gold lettering to spine) with light creasing to the head and tail of the spine and a little bumping to the corners. The book is in a very good unclipped dust jacket which has light creasing to the edges and some light moisture staining inside the jacket not visible outside. Internally the pages are clean and tight with no tears or other inscriptions.

Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades. Attenborough's contribution to broadcasting and wildlife film-making has brought him international recognition. He has been called "the great communicator, the peerless educator" and "the greatest broadcaster of our time." His programmes are often cited as an example of what public service broadcasting should be, even by critics of the BBC, and have influenced a generation of wildlife film-makers. Sir David was knighted in 1985 and received the Order of Merit in 2005. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, and stands at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species and conservation.

David Attenborough's brilliant book 'The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour' and BBC TV series follow "Life on Earth" and "The Living Planet" in surveying the whole animal kingdom - mites and mammals, insects, fishes, birds and reptiles all over the world - but with a difference. Whereas the earlier books were about evolution and the variety and development of animals' bodies, this one is about the way they use those bodies: how animals behave and why.

Each chapter, like each TV programme of the same title, looks at a separate stage in the life of animals. In each, Sir David shows with dramatic and often moving examples how from birth to death all animals have to solve a particular set of problems if they are to survive and eventually pass their genes to the next generation. Life is indeed a series of trials.

The book ends a trilogy begun 11 years ago with 'Life On Earth', which Desmond Morris called 'Quite simply the best introduction to natural history ever written', and Konrad Lorenz "An achievement of the artist's eye and the poet's pen". At the same time it is an admirably clear and attractive introduction to this youngest branch of the natural sciences.

David Attenborough wrote the text, and chose the colour photographs to illustrate it, at the same time as making the films. The book and TV programmes complement each other.


320 pages including Acknowledgements, Picture Credits and Index. Illustrated with full page colour photographs.

ISBN: 0002199122

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  • Type:
    Signed Books
  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    12501
  • Weight:
    1.2kg