London: G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Large royal octavo (9.5 x 6.5 inches), original brown cloth with cream buckram spine, gilt lettered brown leather title label on spine framed in gilt, vertical gilt line on buckram edge on both front & back covers, top edges gilt. xii + 256 pp. Printed in black with chapter-headings, initial letters, & marginal references in brown; a brown leaf-device marks the commencement of every paragraph in the text. Issued in an edition of 1100 copies, of which 1000 are for sale (the other 100 copies comprised the vellum-bound edition printed on handmade paper which were offered for sale directly by the author). Sets of the sheets of the 1100 copies were printed together. Small effaced spot on page 3 affecting a few words of text; light wear & rubbing to the binding, cream buckram a bit darkened; a very good copy. Very Good. Item #311361
¶ An immensely popular and influential work, the book won the Hawthornden Prize in 1928 and it remains Willamson's best-known novel. It describes the life of an otter, along with a detailed observation of its habitat in the country of the River Taw and River Torridge in North Devon. Though often now characterised as a children's book, Tarka has influenced literary figures as diverse as Ted Hughes and Rachel Carson.