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.
Western American Literature
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: Viking, 1991. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine book in plain, gray wraps. Jacket blurbs by William Kittredge and James Welch. This book belonged to the late author Ivan Doig. Laid into the book is publishers promotional material and a photo copy of a the type written review of the book that Doig wrote for The Washington Post. In a signed typewritten note to The Post Doig writes, "Going to be interesting to see if Viking recognizes what it has in this book or let's it go to where essays go to die."
Columbia: University of Missouri, 1977. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book without dust jacket, as issued. Light foxing to the top edge. The true first edition. The author's first and uncommon book, a collection of stories published by the University of Missouri as a breakthrough book. Blew now teaches at the University of Idaho. This is a review copy with publisher's promotional sheet laid into the book.
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.
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.
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.