"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home": First Edition of Gary Snyder's First Book Riprap; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 32092
Ashland: Origin Press, 1959.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Limited to 500 copies. Inscribed and dated by the author on the title page, “For Peter, Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder.” In near fine condition, with a non-authorial inscription to one of the pages. 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).