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Moab: Back of Beyond Books, 2015. Limited edition. This is a Back of Beyond 25th anniversary Limited Edition. Later published as "The Cowboy and His Cow in the book One Life at a Time, Please, this facsimile typescript reproduces the original draft of a speech Ed Abbey delivered to the University of Montana in 1985. It is a scathing critique of the western "welfare rancher." Bound in Distressed three-quarter leather, reporter style with spine along the top. With an essay by Brooke Williams and art work by Dave Wilder. Printed by Chris Conrad Photography in Moab and bound by Roswell Bookbinding in Phoenix. Limited to 25 copies with 22 available to the public. This is copy # 7.
New York. McGraw-Hill, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Light foxing to the top edges. Minor nicks to the foot of the dust jacket spine. A handsome and collectible copy of this iconic book. A 1968 signed holographic letter with six lines of text and signed as "Edward Abbey" is laid into the book. Mailing envelope in Abbey's handwriting is also present. This is one of Abbeys' most enduring books that details his love for the desert and canyons. The book was written after he worked as a ranger in Arches National Park. There was a small first printing and many of the firsts were read and passed around. Consequently, well preserved copies such as this are uncommon.
New York: Anchor Press, 1988. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. This novel by the author of Things Fall Apart is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan. Signed and inscribed by Achebe on front free endpaper in the year of publication. Signed by the author.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Some damp staining to the bottom of the boards. Toning to the white jacket. The first collection of poetry by the African-American author who won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems. She died in 2010. Stated first edition.
Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1992. Paperback original. First edition. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers. A paperback original, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies, and the author's first book. There was also small hardcover printing of this book, about 100 copies, most of which went to libraries. The book is a collection of poetry and is signed and inscribed by Alexie on the half-title page. Alexie has won numerous awards over the years, including The National Book Award in 2007 and the Pen Faulkner Award in 2010. Signed by the author.
New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1994. Hardcover. First edition. A fine copy in yellow cloth binding. No dust jacket, as issued. With its original acetate cover. An early collection of poetry and prose by Alexie. An interesting association copy, signed and inscribed to author Chris Offutt on the half title page. "To Chris O...with respect and friendship. Sherman." Dated in 1997. Offutt and Alexie were both named as two of the best authors under age 40 by Granta magazine in 1996. Signed by author.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1975. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A very good book in publisher's original pink wraps. Some wear to the extremities some creasing to the rear cover. An uncommon copy of the author's second book, a parody of Agatha Christie's country-house mysteries. The novel takes place over a single weekend.