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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #32363, Race Rock NY/London, Harper/Secker & Warburg, 1954. Matthiessen's own copies of both the first edition and the first British edition of his first book, a novel, written while he was living in Paris, where he helped found the Paris Review. Unmarked, but both copies are from the library of the author. The American edition is mottled and foxed; a good copy only, in a fair dust jacket with several small chips and split unevenly at the front flap and the spine. The British edition is foxed and musty, a good copy, with portions of the dust jacket (front cover, front flap) laid in. [#032363] $375
click for a larger image of item #35589, 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 in the year of publication: "For Rahda & Jimmy/ with many thanks and love. Peter. In your beautiful house/ Santa Barbara/ March - 1983." Also signed in full on the front pastedown. Trace edge sunning, still a fine copy in a very good, very spine-faded dust jacket with modest edge wear. [#035589] $250
click for a larger image of item #35592, Baikal. Sacred Sea of Siberia San Francisco, Sierra Club, (1992). Text by Matthiessen, who, at the invitation of musician Paul Winter, visited Lake Baikal in hopes of stirring a response that would help save the lake, which contains one-fifth of all the fresh water on earth and which has been threatened in recent years by acid rain and industrial pollution. Stunning photographs by Boyd Norton; introduction by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Inscribed by the author in 2003, "for Rahda and Jimmy, with much love." Fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035592] $150
click for a larger image of item #32352, Lost Man's River NY, Random House, (1997). The second novel in the trilogy that began with Killing Mr. Watson, based on a series of events in Florida at the turn of the last century and using the novel form to explore the settling and development of that frontier, with an awareness of the ecological implications of that development. Inscribed by Matthiessen to Mike [Geary], with "many thanks again for a great day." For reasons unknown to us, not given to Geary; from Matthiessen's own library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032352] $150
click for a larger image of item #35586, The Cloud Forest NY, Viking, 1961. Second printing of this chronicle of a trip through the Amazon wilderness; Matthiessen's second book of nonfiction. Signed by the author in full on the title page and on the verso of the front flyleaf, and inscribed by him on the half-title: "For Rahda & Jimmy/ with many thanks/ Affectionately/ Peter." Near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbing to the folds. [#035586] $150
click for a larger image of item #31447, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse NY, Viking, (1983). An author's copy of his controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier being imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that Matthiessen describes as rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights, the book was shelved with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. A significant volume, both for the incendiary nature of its content, as well as the First Amendment battle surrounding its publication and suppression. This copy is from Matthiessen's own library. A little Long Island foxing in evidence; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Letter of provenance available. [#031447] $125
click for a larger image of item #35591, Killing Mister Watson NY, Random House, (1990). The first book in his highly acclaimed trilogy, later published in 2008 as the edited single-volume Shadow Country, which won the National Book Award and the William Dean Howells Medal. Inscribed by the author in Santa Barbara in 1994: "For Rahda and Jimmy/ Perhaps by the time we meet again, I can bring you Watson II & III/ Many thanks/ and love/ Peter." Also signed in full on the facing page. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#035591] $125
click for a larger image of item #35594, Bone by Bone NY, Random House, (1999). The concluding volume in the Watson trilogy -- which comprises one of the great achievements of ecological fiction in American literature. Inscribed by the author: "For Jimmy - Rahda/ Here's #3/ with much love (and many thanks for so much kind hospitality at Via Huerto)/ Peter/ Santa Barbara/ April 2003." Also signed in full on the facing page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035594] $75
click for a larger image of item #35590, Indian Country NY, Viking, (1984). A collection of essays on various issues related to American Indians, especially those issues having to do with the culture clash between corporations looking to exploit natural resources and tribes asserting their rights to control their land and its uses, while retaining a connection to the traditions by which they lived in harmony with their environment and held the land sacred. Signed by the author. Mild sunning to the boards; near fine in a very good, spine- and edge-sunned dust jacket. [#035590] $75
click for a larger image of item #35593, Lost Man's River NY, Random House, (1997). The second novel in the trilogy that began with Killing Mr. Watson, based on a series of events in Florida at the turn of the last century and using the novel form to explore the settling and development of that frontier, with an awareness of the ecological implications of that development. Inscribed by the author: "For Rahda & Jimmy/ Here's #II/ With love/ Peter/ Sta. Barbara/ April 2003/ (Matthiessen)." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035593] $75
On Sale: $38
San Anselmo, Audio Wisdom, 1999. A two-cassette, two-hour audio recording of an evening with Peter Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Still shrink-wrapped; fine. [#032065] $40
NY, Vintage, (1991). A paperback original of this collection of travel writing: Matthiessen's contribution is an excerpt from The Snow Leopard. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Very good in wrappers. [#032077] $20
London, Harvill, (1995). The first British paperback edition, published simultaneously with the hardcover. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Foxing to edges of the text block; near fine in wrappers. [#032006] $20
(NY), Ecco Press, (1989). A 39-page article by Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine in wrappers. [#032073] $20
(Denville), (Buddhist Ray), (1993). An interview with Peter Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from Matthiessen's library. Near fine. [#032080] $20
Milan, Corriere, 1956. First Italian edition of his second novel, Partisans (here, Ghosts in Paris). Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Slanted, joints rubbed, minor foxing; very good in wrappers. [#032030] $20
NY, Venture, 1964. Matthiessen, on inadvertent travels with a Baptist fundamentalist and a Lebanese Catholic of Freemason and Protestant descent. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Also includes Kurt Vonnegut's "So You've Never Been to Barnstable?" A hardcover periodical. Near fine. [#032068] $20
Rome, Mondadori, 1952. A short story by Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Sunned, foxed, a few stains and a crease to the spine. Good in wrappers. [#032066] $20
(NY), Dell, (1965). First thus, the Dell paperback edition of Matthiessen's fourth book, third novel. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Spotting to foredge; near fine in wrappers. [#032036] $20
[Paris], Stock, (1962). First thus, a French edition of Matthiessen's fourth book, third novel. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Abrasions to front cover; very good in wrappers. [#032037] $20
NY, (Dell)/Delta, (1971). First thus, the Delta paperback edition of Matthiessen's account of Cesar Chavez and the struggles of the United Farm Workers to form a migrant workers' union to end the dramatic exploitation of temporary farm labor that was so prevalent in the 1960s and 70s. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Very good in wrappers. [#032040] $20
(Denville), (Buddhist Ray), (1993). Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine. [#032078] $20
NY, Random House, (1990). Includes an excerpt from "Killing Mr. Watson" by Peter Matthiessen. Very Good in wrappers. [#706327] $20
NY, Dutton/Obelisk, (1983). The first printing of this Dutton paperback edition, without Eliot Porter's photography. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. First few pages loose; very good in wrappers. [#032059] $20
NY, North Point Press, (2001). The first paperback edition. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine in wrappers. [#032051] $20
(Arles), Actes Sud, 2000. The first French edition of Tigers in the Snow. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine in self-wrappers. [#032052] $20
(Hanover), Dartmouth College, 2009. Exhibition catalog: dedicated to Peter Matthiessen and from Matthiessen's library. Signed by Banerjee in 2008 (the show opened January 13, 2009). 24 pages; fine in stapled wrappers. With a note from Banerjee: "A few extra copies for your family & friends." [#032091] $20
NY, E.P. Dutton, 1972. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#706323] $20
Canoga Park, Orirana Press, (1979). A bibliography of Matthiessen's writings, covering the first 28 years of his writing career. One of 2000 copies. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Foxed; a very good copy, lacking the addendum slip. [#032098] $20
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