New York: Dodd Mead, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 374pp. Black cloth boards with title stamped in yellow on spine in pictorial dust jacket. Ex-library copy in good condition only, with usual library marks and damage from pocket removal to ffep. Inner hinges cracked. The dust jacket is present, with extensive edgewear, fading, rubbing, as well as some staining to the flaps and foxing to the spine's verso. This is a well-used copy of the author's scarce first novel and is priced to reflect its condition. Item #23899
Author's first work. Abbey himself described this early novel as "bad Thomas Wolfe" and was embarrassed by it almost as soon as it was published. Although Jonathan Troy is perhaps a failed novel, and one the author refused to ever let be reprinted, the seeds and germination of everything Abbey would become throughout his literary career and personal life are contained within the pages of Troy. The anarchist, the wobbly, the classic music loving, flute playing hedonist, pagan and wilderness lover.