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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 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: Random House, 1990. Hardcover. First edition. A very good book in a near fine dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Based on a diary of the author's final season in the NBA. Signed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Laid into the book is a business card signed by John Wooden who coached Jabbar when he played at UCLA. Signed by the author.
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.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2003. Hardcover. First British edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. A Russian mystery translated into English. Signed by the author and the translator, Andrew Bromfield. Akunin's signature, scarce indeed, is on a Weidenfeld & Nicholson bookplate laid into the book. Boris Akunin is a pseudonym of critic and essayist Grigory Chkhartshvili who published his first mysteries in 1998.
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: Doubleday, 2006. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A pristine, unread copy. The story of the Portuguese village of Marmarossa told through the lives of those who live there. The second novel by the author of Brick Lane. Signed by the author on the title page.