Edward Abbey was an author of extreme ideologies and was outspoken about his beliefs, making him a popular target for certain sectors of collectors, whether they share his ideas or are intrigued by how he expressed them. Abbey published his first book in 1954 and continued writing until his death in 1989, and experienced enough success in his career that the pieces published in the mid to late portions of his career had respectable first printings. That combined with the recent timeframe of Abbey's writing career means there are plenty of collectible Abbey books available for collectors to find in a wide range of budgets.
The most economical collectors of Edward Abbey books can start with unsigned first editions, which depending upon condition and which book it is can cost less than $20. While avid collectors might like having them for the sake of ownership, their low value makes them less than desirable when it comes to collecting as an investment.
For those interested in investment pieces or simply investing more in their personal collection, signed copies will be the next most expensive option. Signed copies of less-popular books can be found for as little as $50, though hardcover first editions will generally have a minimum of around $100. However, the most in-demand hardcover first edition signed copies, often Jonathan Troy or The Brave Cowboy, can go for $5,000 or more if in good condition.
A quirk of Abbey's that might interest a collector is that he signed all of the books in his personal collection, including signed editions by other authors. This has resulted in some of the most expensive Abbey-related collectibles being books by other authors, such as Larry McMurtry, that are signed by both the author and Edward Abbey.
Abbey, Edward. Brave Cowboy. Eyre and Spottiswoode (1957). An Old Tale In A New Time; The Story Of Jack Burns And His Fight With Modern Society.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. McGraw-Hill (1968). A Season In The Wilderness; Illustrated By Peter Parnall; First Printing Consists Of 10,000 Copies.
Abbey, Edward. Appalachian Wilderness. DUTTON. (1970). Photographs By Eliot Porter; Essay By Edward Abbey (Natural And Human History); Epilogue By Harry M. Caudill; The Great Smoky Mountains.
Abbey, Edward. Slickrock. Sierra Club (1971). Photographs And Commentary By Philip Hyde; The Canyon Country Of Southeast Utah.
Abbey, Edward. Cactus Country. New York Time-Life (1973). 1St Printing [With One Hourglass On Last Page]
Abbey, Edward. The Hidden Canyon. Viking (1977). Introduction By Martin Litton; Journal Entries By Edward Abbey; Photos By Blaustein; A River Journey.
Abbey, Edward. The Journey Home. E.P. Dutton (1977). Some Words In Defense Of The American West; A First Printing With A Small Accidental Pen Mark To Top Of Textblock; Signed By Edward Abbey On The Front Endpaper And Illustrated By Jim Stiles.
Abbey, Edward. Abbeys Road. E.P. Dutton (1979). 1,250 Copies.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Images. Harcourt, Brace and Company New York (1979). Photography By David Muench; 1St American Hardcover Edition/1St Printing.
Abbey, Edward. Down the River. Dutton (1982). Illustrations By The Author Edward Abbey.
Abbey, Edward. In Praise of Mountain Lions.. Albuquerque Sierra Club, Albuquerque (1984). 600 Copies; Signed On The Front Wrap By Ed Abbey And John Nichols; Includes Three Essays:The Mountain Lion In New Mexico By Carol Cochran,Let Us Now Praise Mountain Lions By Edward Abbey, AndSome Words In Behalf Of A Predator By John Nichols; Illustrated By Beth Watkins-Arterburn.
Abbey, Edward. Slumgullion Stew. E.P. Dutton (1984). An Edward Abbey Reader; 2000 Copies.
Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang.. Dream Garden Press, Salt Lake City: (1985). Illustrations By Robert Crumb; Tenth Anniversary Ed; Total 5000 Copies; 250 Copies Numbered And Signed By Ed Abbey.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Images. Gallery Books (1987). David Petersen (Ed.); An American Landscape; Illustrated With 163 Photographs All In Color By David Muench.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. University of Arizona Press, Tucson (1988). A Season In The Wilderness
Abbey, Edward. One Life at a Time, Please. Henry Holt (1988). First Edition, First Printing.
Abbey, Edward. The Fools Progress. Henry Holt and company New York (1988). An Honest Novel; First Printing With The1 Present In The Number Line.
Abbey, Edward. Vox Clamantis in Desierto. Rydal Press, Santa Fe (1989). Some Notes From A Secret Journal; Total 250 Copies From Which 25 Are Lettered and Reserved For The Author
Abbey, Edward. Edward Abbey. Vinegar Tom Press, Santa Fe (1991). An Interview At Pack Creek Ranch; 125 Numbered Copies In Hand-Sewn Wrappers And 26 Hand-Bound, Lettered Copies; The Interview Is By Lyman Hafen And Milo Mccowan.
Abbey, Edward. The Brave Cowboy. Dream Garden Press / Santa Teresa Press, Salt Lake City and Santa Barbara (1993). 500 Copies; Introduction By Kirk Douglas; An Old Tale In A New Time; Black-And White Stills From The FilmLonely Are The Brave Bound At The Back.