New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1983. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board gilt, illustrated endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Soft-focus photographer of horses, bulls, and African game animals Vavra's pre-digitally augmented photos of unicorns "in their natural habitat," the stuff of every 80s tween girl's fantasies. "Advice to the pure of heart: Watch carefully, entering each forest glade as though you were the first human to set foot there; take time to sample pollen carried on a golden breeze...; and believe. Yes, above all, BELIEVE, and you will surely meet as lovely and noble and snow-white a single-horned creature as any who pirouette upon the pages of this book" (from the introduction). Illustrated throughout with color photos; with a section of "Author's Notes On Unicorn Behavior," Vavra's notes from the field, illustrated with drawings. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Some dustiness to cloth; unclipped dust jacket lightly rubbed at spine-ends. Near fine. Item #1930