Monkey Wrench Gang
Salt Lake City: Dream Garden Press, 1985. First Edition Thus. 356pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Black cloth with silver stamped titles on the front board and backstrip. Map endsheets and pastedowns. Fine/Fine. Illustrated by Robert Crumb. Item #8201
Exceptional copy. Signed by Abbey and Crumb on the title page. This tenth anniversary edition contains illustrations throughout by the legendary illustrator, R[obert]. Crumb. This work is regarded Abbey's most famous and influential novel, that follows the deeds and adventures of Doc, Hayduke, Bonnie, and Seldom Seen, as they protest the industrialization and destruction of the southwest through means of sabotage and "monkeywrenching." Because of this work, the term 'monkeywrench' has come to mean, besides sabotage and damage to machines, any sabotage, activism, lawmaking, or lawbreaking to preserve wilderness, wild spaces and ecosystems.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was a celebrated author, essayist, conservationist, noted pain-in-the-ass, and in many ways the father (or at the very least, uncle) of the modern environmental movements. Robert Crumb (American b. 1943) is an American cartoonist and musician, who is well-known for influential works and contributions to the underground comix movement in the 1960s. Crumb is known for his quirky artwork coupled with idiosyncratic dialogue. Ford 171.