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: 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.
London: Sidgewick & Jackson, 1978. Hardcover. First British edition. Near Fine in near fine dust jacket. Some soiling to the top end pages. The British edition is actually a later printing of the US edition with a new price sticker in pounds attached to the front flap. A Western classic in which the author explores a way of life nearing extinction in Montana. Nominated for the National Book Award. Signed by the author on the title page.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. Hardcover. First edition. Near Fine in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to the spine and chipping at the extremities. Price clipped. The fourth volume in a series of books that focused on development of the American West, beginning in about 1830 and extending to World War I. A nice, tight copy.
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.
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1976. Hardcover. First edition. Fine without dust jacket as Issued. Handsome, dark green leather binding with gilt decoration and edging. This is the true first edition. Winner of the National Book Award. Laid into the book is a pamphlet by the publisher about the book and Stegner.