New York. McGraw-Hill, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Light wear at the extremities and a bit darkening to the jacket spine. This is a review copy with a publisher's announcement laid into the book. 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, nice copies such as this are uncommon.
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: Dutton, 1979. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Slight rubbing to the all white jacket. A tight and bright copy of one of Abbey's scarcer books in the first printing, said to be around 1200 copies. A collection of essays about Abbey's travels in the United States and around the world told with his usual good humor and insight.
Bozeman: Spring Creek Publishing, 1997. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A collection of fiction pieces and essays that appeared in Montana's Big Sky Journal giving voice to the unique voices of some of the West's finest writers, including Brick Bass, Denis Johnson, Ralph Beer, William Kittredge and Allen Jones. A fine copy in original brown cloth binding with the cover illustraton by Russell Chatham who has also contributed illustrations for the book. Book is housed in original black cardboard slipcase. A fine copy without dust jacket, as issued. From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer, raconteur and friend to many many writers.
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.
Penguin Books, 1994. First edition. Near fine in paper wraps. A paperback orginal. A collection of poems, stories and essays by many of the West's best contemporary women writers. Signed by Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Melanie Rae Thon, Debra Earling, Annick Smith, Pam Houston, Deirdre McNamer, Terry Tempest Williams,Teresa Jordan and Sandra Alcosser.
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.