SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF DESERT SOLITAIRE
ABBEY, Edward. Desert Solitaire. A Season in the Wilderness. New York: McGraw-Hill, (1968). Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. $950.
First edition of Abbey’s seminal first work of non-fiction.
To novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle, "Edward (Cactus Ed) Abbey was of our great literary provocateurs… He wrote with the cranky forthrightness of his literary heroes, Thoreau and Whitman… His ideas that once seemed so radical… now seem prophetic" (New York Times). When Abbey's fourth book and first work of non-fiction, Desert Solitaire, was published in early 1968, Edwin Way Teale proclaimed it "rough, tough and combative. The author is a rebel, an eloquent loner… a voice crying in the wilderness, for the wilderness" (New York Times Book Review).
Very nearly fine condition.