Matthiessen, Peter. THE CLOUD FOREST. Viking Press, New York, 1961, First American Edition. 280 pp, front and rear endpaper maps plus two other maps, 42 B&W photographs. This is Matthiessen's vivid account of his search for what he considers the last wilderness - the Peruvian rain forest and the country's wild mountain rivers. During his 20,000 mile expedition, he observes tribal people and primitive landscapes, hears tales of past explorers, difficult encounters with wild tribesman and river outlaws. And finally there is Matthiessen's brilliant journal account of his dangerous river passage, a spectacular slow-motion perceptive description of flashing moments, riding whitewater on a balsa wood raft through an unknown chasm. Scarce. Signed by Peter Matthiessen, tipped in on the Title Page. Chipped DJ, overall VG+.