Men's Lives
(n.p.), (Rock Foundation), (1986). Matthiessen's own copy of the deluxe edition of his tribute to the fishermen of eastern Long Island and a way of life that, in the late stages of the 20th century, appeared to be irretrievably dying away. One of 500 numbered copies (although in all likelihood far fewer than 500 copies of this were ever produced). One volume, the text, is signed by Matthiessen. In addition to the second volume, of photographs, there is also an original print of one of the photographs from the book laid into a folding chemise and signed by the photographer, Lynn Johnson. Never formally offered for sale, copies of this edition were given out to attendees of a $500-a-plate benefit dinner for the historical society attempting to preserve the record and legacy of the fishermen's lives. Matthiessen has spent much of his life on eastern Long Island, and once ran a charter fishing boat off the island, in addition to having worked for three years with commercial fishermen, so this sympathetic portrait was written from the perspective of one who had shared the life described. This is copy No. 117, and is still in its original (opened) shipping box. Moderate Long Island foxing to the prelims and covers and to the mat of the print: a near fine copy in a fine clamshell case. [#032354] SOLD

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