Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. Edward Abbey.
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. " "The desert is...atonal, cruel, clear, neither romantic nor classical, motionless and emotionless at one and the same time....Like death? Perhaps. And perhaps that is why life nowhere appears so brave, so bright, so full of oracle and miracle as in the desert." So Edward Abbey, novelist and poet, describes the desert he loves and in which he spent several seasons as a park ranger. Desert Solitaire is the story of his sojourn, and while it is full of the sights, the feel, the silence of the desert, it is above all an introspective book- the observations of a man who left the world behind to think about it." (from front flap) The fourth published, & first nonfictional work by Edward Abbey (1927-1989), the great American author-anarchist who we perceive as an explosive cross between Henry David Thoreau & Hunter S. Thompson. This volume has taken its place as a most-popular environmental-meditative classic. With frontispiece & many drawings throughout by the noted illustrator Peter Parnall. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. With all points indicating that this copy is from the first printing of 5000, including "00025" printed below first edition reference on copyright page & near lower right corner of back covers of jacket & book, $5.95 price printed near upper right corner of front jacket flap etc. Gradually, Desert Solitaire became ever-more acclaimed & reprinted until several million copies have been sold as of this writing. One of the most important Abbey collectibles, in its highly rarest most original form & in especially superb condition: Book very fine with only a touch of wear & fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very slight browning & sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only two tiny spots at blank upper margin near right edge of title page, otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket relatively quite fine with only a bit of rubbing & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; a few small chips with minimal loss of paper at upper spine-edge, esp. right corner of same & upper edge of front cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4605]

Price: $400.00