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.
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New York. McGraw-Hill, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Light foxing to the page edges. Small bookstore label on rear pastedown. Very short nick at the top of the front panel. A handsome and collectible copy. One of Abbeys' most enduring books that details his love for the desert and canyons. 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: Dial Press, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. Light rubbing to the jacket spine, short closed tear at the top of the front panel and light soiling to the rear panel. Definitely a collectible copy of Abbey's third novel about a rancher who is being forced from his New Mexico land to make way for an Air Force bombing range. Abbey introduces the book this way: "The story which follows was inspired by an event which took place in our country not many years ago. However, it is a work of fiction and any resemblance to living persons or actual places is accidental."
New York: Dutton, 1980. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine book in illustrated wrappers. The paperback edition of Edward Abbey's sixth novel. First edition with the correct number line. Published simultaneously with the hardcover edition. Minor toning to the rear cover. A tight, unread copy. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half-title page.
New York: Anchor Press, 1988. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the head and foot of the dust jacket spine. Quarter sized chip at the top of the front panel. 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.
London: Fourth Estate, 2004. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A close to fine book in illustrated wrappers. This is the uncorrected proof of the first British edition. It was published as a paperback original in the U.K. The author's first novel set in her native country of Nigeria. She was recently named one of the top U.S. authors under the age of 40 by New Yorker magazine. This book won the Commonwealth Writers' Preize and was short listed for the Orange Prize. Signed by the author on the title page.
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.
New York: Atheneum, 1991. Special Edition. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. This is a 32 page chapbook containing an excerpt from the trade edition of The Stores of Eva Luna. It features the story Phantom Palace. This copy belonged to Ivan Doig. The author inscribed the book to Doig and added a self-portrait of her on the front inside cover. Signed by the author.
New York: Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a very near fine dust jacket. Some wrinkling to the front panel of the jacket. Written as an account of World War II for young kids, Ambrose's book tells the story in narrative and pictures of how the war was one. This copy is signed by Ambrose on the title page and is scarce as such. Signed by the 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.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to the jacket spine and light edgewear. Toning to the rear panel. This is the quite scarce hardcover edition of Ashbery's second book of poetry following his well-received debut, Some Trees. Signed by the author on the title page.
St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1975. First Australian edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Evidence of a small sticker removed from the front panel. a collection of short stories by one of Australia's best known novelists. This is his first book. It was published primarily as a paperbound book with a small hardcover printing intended for libraries. Bail won the Miles Franklin Award in 1999 for his novel, Eucalyptus. This copy is signed by Bail on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: New Rivers Press, 1970. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine copy in printed wrappers. Baxter's first published book, a collection of poetry, that was printed in a modest run of 500 copies. A fine, unread copy. Signed by Baxter on the title page and additionally inscribed to book collector Larry Owens and his wife Monesia on the front free endpaper: "This is my first born child/ Best/ Charles Baxter/ October 21, 1994/ Ann Arbor. From the Larry Owens collection.
New York: Viking, 1956. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear at the spine ends. Some soiling to the front and rear panel. Sunning to the dust jacket spine. Price of $3.00 is present on the front flap with a light pencil mark through it. Bellow's uncommon fourth book which contains the titled novella and three short stories. Laid into the book is a publisher's promotional photograph of Bellow. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Vanguard, 1947. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book with light edge wear in a very good plus dust jacket. Some offsetting to the endpapers. Some darkening to the jacket spine and light soiling to the rear panel. A very fragile jacket. Price clipped. The author's second novel in which the protagonist, Asa Leventhal, must deal with what he believes is bigotry and racism. But who is the ultimate victim? Signed by Bellow on the title page. Signed by the author.