Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's tan cloth, spine and upper board stamped in green, mustard endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of feminist sci-fi writer and biologist Vonda N. McIntyre’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel. Set in the far-distant future on a post-nuclear holocaust Earth, the story revolves around a young woman who uses the hallucinogenic venom of snakes to heal the sick and injured. The book is an expansion of a frequently-anthologized novella "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" (1973) that McIntyre wrote while at a workshop in Seattle taught by Ursula K. Le Guin. Dust jacket designed by Stephen Alexander. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Diagonal crease to ten pages or so, slight dustiness to top edge of textblock; unclipped dust jacket with light soiling to rear panel. Near fine withall. Item #4259