Catalog 140, A

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1. ABBEY, Edward. Jonathan Troy. NY: Dodd, Mead (1954). Abbey's first book, inscribed to one of the founding members of Earth First!: "For Ron [Kezar]/ Ed Abbey/ Glen Canyon 1981." Earth First! was inspired by Abbey's 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, in which a group of environmentalists plot to blow up Glen Canyon dam. In March 1981, the then-unknown group was planning its first major publicity stunt, the dropping of a 300 foot-long symbolic "crack" down the face of Glen Canyon dam, and Abbey was invited to witness literature in action. Trace rubbing to boards at spine extremities; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips, a couple of which are internally tape-mended.

2. ABBEY, Edward. Desert Solitaire. New York: McGraw-Hill (1968). His first book of nonfiction, which has over the years attained the status of a classic of nature writing, comparable to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring or Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. Inscribed by the author: "____ _ -- / best regards/ Ed A./ Moab Utah 1976." A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with mild tanning to the spine lettering and slight wear at the extremities.

3. ABBEY, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. Philadelphia: Lippincott (1975). His most famous novel, inspired by, and in turn helping to inspire, environmental direct action. Inscribed by Abbey to Edward Hoagland: "Dear Ted -- / Herewith the book, as promised. Hope you like it./ Best regards, Ed. A./ Moab Utah 1975." Hoagland is the author of such books as Notes From the Century Before, Red Wolves and Black Bears, and The Courage of Turtles. The two authors began a spirited correspondence in 1970 which lasted almost two decades. When Abbey died in 1988, Hoagland wrote the obituary for The New York Times Book Review. Foxing to top edge; boards splayed; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with a couple small chips.

4. ABBEY, Edward. Abbey's Road. NY: Dutton (1979). A collection of short nonfiction pieces. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers and is inscribed by Abbey to the author Edward Hoagland: "For Ted Hoagland/ from his friend and fan/ Ed Abbey/ Arizona '79." A blurb by Hoagland appears on the rear cover. Faint spine crease and foredge foxing; very near fine.

5. ALBEE, Edward. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? NY: Atheneum, 1962. His first three-act play, winner of the NY Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award, and the basis for the powerful film with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace wear at the spine extremities.

6. ATWOOD, Margaret. Chicken Little Goes Too Far. (Toronto): (Coach House Press) (2005). A limited edition of a fable, written and illustrated by Atwood as a benefit for World Wildlife Fund Canada. One of only 12 numbered copies signed by the author, the entire edition. The twelve books and the manuscript were sold to benefit the fund. The printed book reproduces Atwood's handwritten manuscript, with large illustrations on every page, in the manner of a children's book. A note at the beginning of the book indicates that the text may be reprinted in the future, but this will be the only edition in which the illustrations are printed. Large quarto; clothbound; fine, without dust jacket, as issued. Printed at the Coach House Press on 90 pound Arches watercolor paper, and bound in blue Japanese bookcloth with elephanthide endpapers by Don Taylor.

7. -. Another copy. Copy #1 of the 12 numbered copies. Signed by the author. Large quarto; clothbound; fine, without dust jacket, as issued.

8. AUDEN, W.H. The Shield of Achilles. NY: Random House, 1955. Winner of the National Book Award. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket but for a strip of orange that has faded to yellow on the spine. A beautiful copy, and uncommon signed.

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