Note to Bookies: Frequent readers of this blog will note that I’m not a photographer. The photos of this book didn’t come out as white as the cover really is, it’s quite bright. Unless it’s dirty, of course, which this one is not.

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. Lippincott, 1975. First edition is identified by First Edition slug on the copyright page. Construction is red quarter cloth and black paper boards. Jacket price is at the bottom of the front inner fold, $8.95.

Abbey only wrote 8 novels and The Monkey Wrench Gang is his best known, often cited as a masterpiece of crime comedy. He outlived publication of this book by a mere 14 years.

I am often asked where I find my books. This particular book came from Somerville, TN., a small town about 25 miles east of the Memphis border. You never know, do you?