"Lay down these words before your mind like rocks": First Edition of Gary Snyder's First Book Riprap; Lengthily Signed by Him
Item Number: 111532
Ashland: Origin Press, 1959.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Limited to 500 copies. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, who has added a line from this work as follows, “Lay down these words before your mind like rocks. Gary Snyder.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a warm inscription.
By any measure, Gary Snyder is one of the greatest poets in America in the last century. From his first book of poems to his latest collection of essays, his work and his example, standing between Tu Fu and Thoreau, have been influential all over the world. “The master of lucid meditation . . . Readers are fortunate to have what Snyder wants to pass on" (Los Angeles Times Book Review).