New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988. First edition, inscribed association copy. Hardcover. SIGNED. 485pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] in boards over cloth spine. Very minor warping to front board. In a dust jacket, with moderate rubbing to the panels. Very good / very good. Item #62096
Abbey considered Fool's Progress to be his magnum opus and completed it not long before his death.
This copy is warmly inscribed by Edward Abbey to Ernie Bulow, bookman, publisher, and friend of the author, on the front free endpaper.
After receiving an English degree in the sixties, Bulow worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, resided in Gallup, N.M., and taught English at Fort Wingate on the Navajo Reservation. Subsequently, he received a doctorate from the University of Utah, and he returned to Gallup, where he traded in Indian jewelry and kachinas and opened his bookstore.
Edward Abbey and Bulow began their friendship in 1970 at the University of Utah, where Bulow was a graduate student, and Abbey was a visiting professor. It was Bulow that managed to publish Ed's essay "Science with a Human Face" in the University of Utah literary magazine "Wasatch Front." This essay was later included in "The Journey Home." It is also significant to note that Bulow was a featured character in "The Fool's Progress."