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: 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: Chuckanut Editions/Simon & Schuster, 1996. Hard Cover. Limited edition. One of 26 copies of a limited edition. This is copy W, signed by Ivan Doig on the limitation page and bound in leather. Housed in fine cardboard slipcase. There was also another unlettered limited edition of 150 copies. The author's fictional account of the building of the Fort. Peck Dam in Montana. A beautiful example of this collector's set. Signed by the author.
San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1983. hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Minor wear to the head and foot of the jacket spine. The story of a young man, Gus Orviston, who abandons the work-a-day world and chooses to fish and in the process discovers much about himself and the world around him. The author's first book and the first book of fiction to be published by the Sierra Club.
New York. Knopf. 1955. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Some wear at the extremities and light chipping to the front panel, but bold, bright colors on the dust jacket. Edited by Wallace Stegner who has written a chapter. The book, with contributions from several notable naturalists, was written when the federal government sought to dam the Green and Yampa Rivers near Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. The dam was never built.
New York. Scribners, 1980. Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Price clipped. Minor wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. A review copy with a review slip and photograph of the author laid into the book. The author's first novel, written when he went by the name of Lawence Watson. Signed by the author on the title page.