New York: J.P. Lippincott, 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. 352 pp. Octavo [23 cm.] 1/2 red cloth over black boards with title silver stamped on backstrip and a small silver stamped monkey wrench on front board. Map endpapers and pastedowns. The covers are cocked, and the front hinge is soft. In a dust jacket (not price-clipped), with moisture damage to the jacket's spine and a bit of the surrounding areas of the panels. Several neat tears have been backed with adhered paper. Good / good. Item #54921
The late great Edward Abbey published twenty one books during his lifetime (two posthumously). Both "The Monkey Wrench Gang" and "Desert Solitaire" have gone on to become what the author always dreaded- "classics." This copy is signed by Ed Abbey on the front free endpaper, with the notation, "Salt Lake City, 1975." A first edition of the controversial novel that gave birth to the radical environmental group Earth First!, signed in the year of publication.