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 fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Light foxing to the top edges. Minor nicks to the foot of the dust jacket spine. A handsome and collectible copy of this iconic book. A 1968 signed holographic letter with six lines of text and signed as "Edward Abbey" is laid into the book. Mailing envelope in Abbey's handwriting is also present. This is one of Abbeys' most enduring books that details his love for the desert and canyons. The book was 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.
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.