Matthiessen, Peter. THE BIRDS OF HEAVEN. North Point Press, New York, 2001, First American Edition. Travels with Cranes. Paintings and Drawings by Robert Bateman. 349 pp, 2 endpaper maps, drawings, colour and B&W plates by Robert Bateman. Matthiessen chronicles his many journeys over the years with naturalists and ornithologists in search of the world's fifteen species of cranes, the largest flying bird in the world. From Siberia and the Mongolian steppe breeding grounds for the glorious red-crowned and white-naped cranes, his travels take him further. Journeys on to habitats in India, Bhutan, China, Japan, and Korea are included. His searches move on to Australia, Africa and Western Europe. Finally he reports from Wisconsin, Nebraska, the Gulf Coast, and Florida, where efforts are underway to establish a non-migratory population of the rareWhooping Crane. Beautiful paintings and drawings by Bateman reflect the elegance and grace of cranes. Signed by Peter Matthiessen on Title Page. DJ in archival cover, ink mark on bottom edge, otherwise VG+.