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From the Library of Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez’s writings changed the fields he wrote in. His books of natural history — among them Of Wolves and Men and Arctic Dreams — placed human beings squarely within the story, and after those books “nature writing” would never again be able to assume that we humans are somehow outside of nature, distinct and apart from it. Barry’s sensibility was lyrical and profoundly spiritual, scientific and rigorously analytical. He saw a Bigger Picture than most of us do, and he shared his vision at every moment, not just in writing but in day to day living. He often said "I want to live a life that helped," and that is what he did. It’s a privilege to offer books from his library, which hint at the range of his interests, and reflect the deep admiration his peers held for him. For more information about Barry’s work and legacy, visit
click for a larger image of item #35176, Succor Northfield, Red Dragonfly Press, 2002. A collection of 24 poems chosen and illustrated by Karenlee Clarke Alexander. One of 224 copies in handmade paper wraps, of a total edition of 250. From the library of Barry Lopez, and published by a small fine press that also published two of Lopez's works, in addition to three others by Alexander. Fine. [#035176] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35178, Amish Economy Versailles, Adela Press, 1996. A poetry chapbook with linocuts by Laura Lee Cundiff. Of a total edition of 526 copies, this is Copy No. 141 of the unsigned edition of 400 numbered copies, but this copy is inscribed by Wendell Berry to Barry Lopez: "To Sandy & Barry/ 12/16/96/ from Tanya & Wendell." Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. A nice association. [#035178] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35180, A Landscape With Cows In It (Newark, VT), (Janus Press), (1987). One of 150 copies, signed by the poet Burke and by Ruth Fine, who provided the linoleum cut. Additionally inscribed to Barry Lopez and his wife by Claire Van Vliet, founder of the press, who also published work by Lopez. Accordion style book laid into soft board covers. Fine. [#035180] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35184, The River Why San Francisco, Sierra Club, (1983). An uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a flyfishing novel with an ecological focus that has come to be considered a contemporary classic, and the first book of fiction to be published by the Sierra Club. This is apparently the first issue proof, in blue wrappers. The Table of Contents and the rear cover are shot from typescript; the pages numbers are reproduced from holograph, as is one correction to the Contents page (reflecting an error that remains on p. 237). The front cover is hand-written (The River Why / A Novel). This copy is from the library of Barry Lopez. Slant to spine, and lightly spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#035184] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35186, The Tree Covelo, Yolla Bolly Press, (1995). Two essays accompanied by eight woodcuts by Aaron Johnson: this is a fine press limited edition of a text originally published in 1979. Of a total edition of 185 copies, this is an unnumbered copy, one of 35 reserved for the Press, the author, and the artist: this copy marked "Press." Signed by Fowles and Johnson. From the library of Barry Lopez. Fine, in a very near fine publisher's slipcase with just a small, faint spot on the spine. [#035186] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35187, We Say No NY, Norton, (1992). Signed by Galeano on the half title. Galeano, a Uruguayan by birth, is best-known in this country for the Memory of Fire trilogy, a radical revision of the history of Latin America. On the dedication page, Galeano has drawn a heart around the dedication, "To Susan Bergholz my literary angel," and he has added his characteristic drawing of a pig holding a flower in its teeth. Unmarked, but from the library of Barry Lopez. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Near fine. Books signed by Galeano are uncommon, especially in this country. [#035187] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35191, Moose [Japan], [Publisher in Japanese], (1988). The Japanese edition of this collection of Hoshino's photographs of moose. Inscribed in 1988 by Hoshino to Barry Lopez. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035191] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35193, Alaska [Japan], [Publisher in Japanese], (1991). A Japanese edition of a collection of Hoshino's photographs of Alaska. Inscribed by Hoshino to Barry Lopez. Slight push to crown, still fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a hint of fading to the red spine and the same push to the crown. [#035193] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35194, Nanook's Gift San Francisco, Cadence Books, (1996). A story book, with Hoshino's photographs of polar bears. Published the year Hoshino died, this copy has an autograph note signed laid in from his widow to Barry Lopez, conveying the book and thanking him for having written about Michio. Spine ends tapped, else fine in like dust jacket. [#035194] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35195, Bird Sounds of Marsh, Upland, and Shore (n.p.), National Geographic Society, 1965. An audio companion to Water, Prey, and Game Birds of North America, featuring six 6" x 6" vinyl records meant to be played while remaining in the book. Produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, where Kellogg was director of the Library of Natural Sounds. Ringbound spine, the rings in this case being, unusually, pliable tape. Fine. From the library of Barry Lopez. [#035195] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35197, Sailor Song (NY), Viking, (1992). Kesey's third novel, after a nearly three decade-long break from the form. This copy is boldly inscribed by Kesey to fellow author and Oregonian Barry Lopez and his then-wife in a full-page, five color spread: "For Barry and Sandra/ Hey!/ from Ken." Mild foxing to top edge, else fine in a fine dust jacket. A wonderful association. [#035197] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35199, Winterkill Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1984. A review copy of his first book, inscribed by Lesley to Barry Lopez: "For Barry and Sandra/ with my admiration and all best wishes/ Craig." Additionally signed in full by Lesley on the half title. Three pages of review material and a copy of a review laid in. Winner of both the Spur Award for best novel and the Medicine Pipe Bearers Award for best first novel, both awarded by the Western Writers of America. An impressively well-received debut by this writer of Native American descent. Foxing to top edge; near fine in a fine dust jacket with glowing blurbs by Raymond Carver and James Welch. [#035199] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35200, Apologia Eugene, Lone Goose, 1997. Copy "A" of 16 participants' copies of this limited edition of an essay from Crossing Open Ground, which was later issued in a trade edition by the University of Georgia Press. Here issued with twenty-three 11-3/4" x 11" woodblock images by Robin Eschner, hinged in a continuous presentation almost 22 feet long, encompassing the text. An elaborate production, involving a number of individuals prominent in the book arts, in addition to Lopez and Eschner: Charles Hobson, the designer, whose work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others; Sandy Tilcock, the publisher and boxmaker; Susan Acker, the letterpress printer; Nora Pauwells, the relief edition printer; and John DeMerritt, the binder, who was President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Of a total edition of 66 copies, this is Copy A of 16 lettered copies signed by Lopez and Eschner and including a unique tire-tread print from Lopez's Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle used in the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is described in the story. Fine, in a clamshell box. [#035200] $3,500
NY, Knopf, 2000. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories. Inscribed by the author to science fiction author and radio host Richard Lupoff: "Richard - You draw out of me in our conversations what I feel matters -- it's always time well spent -- Barry Lopez." As a matter of principle, Lopez typically did not sign advance copies. Prior to this, we have only ever seen two instances where he had: one was in a volume that he edited, and one was in River Notes, back in 1979. Small spot to summary page; still fine in wrappers. (This item is not from the author's library.) [#035201] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35202, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse NY, Viking, (1983). Matthiessen's controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early 1970s at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that, as Matthiessen describes it, was rife with government malfeasance. This copy is inscribed by Matthiessen to Barry Lopez: "For Barry - with Best Regards/ In Spirit/ Peter." Also signed in full by Matthiessen on the front pastedown. Lopez has marked approximately two dozen pages, mostly with check marks, but with two instances of notations -- which is highly unusual for him. A wonderful association copy between two National Book Award winning authors and two of the finest advocates for the natural world, both of them fierce critics of those who would thoughtlessly, or for greed, despoil it. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket creased on the front flap. [#035202] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35203, Cities of the Plain NY, Knopf, 1994. The uncorrected proof copy of the final volume of The Border Trilogy. This copy belonged to Barry Lopez, and has a note laid in from Knopf editor Gary Fisketjon: "Dear Barry, I thought you'd want to see the end of the Border Trilogy. Hope this finds you well. Yours, Gary." Fine in wrappers. [#035203] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35207, Gilead NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2004). Her second book of fiction, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This is a later printing, but is inscribed by Robinson to Barry Lopez: "For Barry Lopez -- I remember with great pleasure my visit to your home -- the moonlit woods, the telescope -- all so beautiful! Marilynne Robinson." Laid in is both an autograph letter signed from Robinson to Lopez, and a retained copy of a 2006 typed letter from Lopez to Robinson, thanking her for the inscription, explaining why he missed her in Portland, and detailing his plans for a conference in Bali "to address world-wide problems in a practical way." (Robinson had been in Portland for Literary Arts; another note laid in from "Elizabeth" at Literary Arts to Lopez expresses wishes that he had been able to attend.) The letters are folded, else fine; the book is fine in a fine dust jacket, with the Pulitzer Prize label. A nice association copy, with a warm inscription. [#035207] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35208, Nu Mee Poom Tit Wah Tit -- Nez Perce Legends Lapwai, Nez Perce Tribe, (1972). Third printing. Inscribed to Barry Lopez by the editor, Allen Slickpoo, in 1977. The first book published by the Nez Perce tribe, this is a book of Nez Perce legends, prominently featuring the figure of Coyote, the trickster. The inscription to Lopez is dated 1977, the year his own book of Coyote tales was published -- Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter: Coyote Builds North America. Dusty top edge, still a fine copy in a near fine, lightly rubbed and shelfworn dust jacket. Publisher's prospectus laid in. [#035208] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35209, Target Shooting San Francisco, Privately Printed/Arion Press, 2003. One of 50 copies privately printed at the Arion Press for Denise Hale. The dedication page reads: "To Daniel from Denise, May 6, 2003," giving the appearance that Hale had one of the best fine presses in the country do an edition of 50 copies as a gift to the writer, Daniel Smith. From the library of Barry Lopez. Fine, without jacket, as issued. [#035209] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35210, The American West as Living Space Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, (1987). A book of three lectures delivered at the University of Michigan in 1986. This copy is inscribed by Stegner to Barry Lopez and his first wife, Sandra, "with admiration and respect." Uncharacteristically marked in the text by Lopez, with underlinings and check marks, and two marginal notations. A fine association: Stegner is widely considered to be the father of American writing about the West. Fine in wrappers. [#035210] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35213, Killing Custer NY, Norton, (1994). Welch's first book of nonfiction, a retelling and reimagining of the Custer myth and the Battle of Little Bighorn, from the Native American perspective. This copy is inscribed by Welch to Barry Lopez: "To Barry and Sandy/ With good wishes. I hope to see you in Portland. Best, Jim Welch." Trace foxing to top edge, still fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035213] SOLD
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