Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Abbey, Edward; Drawings by Peter Parnall , Peter Parnall(illus.)
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1968
Edition: First edition
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 49301
269pp. Octavo [22 cm] Brown cloth covered boards with white and tan ink stamped title and author information on the spine. The spine ends are gently bumped, and there is a thin, white stain along the bottom edge of the front cover. The front paste down has an area of abrasion, measuring 3" tall by just under 1" wide, most likely the result of a label having been removed. The dust jacket is moderately rubbed, and has several small closed and open tears in the edges. The largest tear is in the paper at the head of the jacket's spine, measuring 1 cm wide by 1 cm deep.
The author's fourth book and his first work of nonfiction. This collection of meditations by then park ranger Abbey in what was Arches National Monument of the 1950s was quietly published in the raucous sixties in a first edition of 5,000 copies and has now gone on to sell almost two million copies, taking its rightful place alongside Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, as an environmental and wilderness classic. The late author's reflections transcend the mere genre of the environmental essay; the individual pieces part of a fully realized whole that defined a whole new style of environmental and wilderness writing, inspiring new generations of writers (Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams come to mind) while becoming the author's best known and best loved work in the process, and yes, becoming what Abbey always feared, a classic.