First printing – and only edition – of Abbey's hated first book.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
"Not convicing. All the obvious faults of the beginner." – Abbey on JONATHAN TROY
Abbey's biography James A. Cahalan describes how embarrassed the author would become about his first novel: "Abbey remained so unhappy with his first novel that he always refused to have it reprinted [...] and left instructions that it not be reprinted after his death. As a result, JONATHAN TROY became a very expensive collector's item." Nevertheless, he concludes: "Abbey was too hard on himself; this novel is certainly flawed, yet interesting." A truly lovely copy of a scarce book, talked about but rarely seen by Abbey aficionados.
Read more: Cahalan, Edward Abbey: A Life, 59.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1954). 8'' x 5''. Original black glazed paper boards, yellow-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($3.50) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Stefan Salter. , 374 pages. Faint offsetting to endpapers. Jacket lightly rubbed at spine head, rear panel with a touch of foxing, foxing to top edge of rear flap.
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