New York: Rinehart & Co., Inc., (1947) [circa 1956]. Later printing, INSCRIBED on front endpaper "With best wishes/ Marjory Stoneman Douglas" (no recipient). Number 33 In the Rivers of America series. No statement of printing on copyright page (and lacking publisher's seal) but dust jacket states "Fifth Printing" and RIVER OF THE CAROLINAS (#52, 1956) appears in the "already published" list at front. Originally published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park, Douglas's book called to attention the degrading quality of life in the Everglades and remains an influential book on nature conservation to this day. Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) also advocated for women’s right to vote and for racial equality. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993. 8vo bright yellow cloth boards stamped in gilt, brown, and blind; illustrated with drawings by Robert Fink; 406 pages including index. Light foxing to gutters and front endpaper, splashes of staining to first few leaves, which is too bad as otherwise would be bright and near fine; in near fine, price-clipped dust jacket showing only minor soiling and touch of minor wear. Scarce in early printing dust jacket with design the same as the first, much less inscribed.