A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (some age fading to the board extremities), in a Fine dust jacket (light touch of toning the flap edges); Gretel Ehrlich's first book to be published by a major publisher, a collection of writings about the American West and its characteristics used by Ehrlich as metaphor, written by Ehrlich between 1979 and 1984 and published here for the first time. A Fine copy and uncommon in a condition as nice as is this copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.
Review: "Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. We are often like rivers: careless and forceful, timid and dangerous, lucid and muddied, eddying, gleaming, still." Whether she's reflecting on nature's teachings, divulging her experiences as a cowpuncher, or painting vivid word portraits of the people she lives and works with, Gretel Ehrlich's observations are lyrical and funny, wise and authentic. After moving from the city to a vast new state, she writes of adjusting to cowboy life, boundless open spaces, and the almost incomprehensible harshness of a Wyoming winter:
"When it's fifty below, the mercury bottoms out and jiggles there as if laughing at those of us still above ground. Once I caught myself on tiptoes, peering down into the thermometer as if there were an extension inside inscribed with higher and higher declarations of physical misery: ninety below to the power of ten and so on."
After experiencing the isolated life of a sheep herder, she writes, "Keenly observed the world is transformed. The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp. The air between people is charged. Days unfold, bathed in their own music. Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient."
Ehrlich's gift is one of subtle precision. She writes beauty into the plainest of thoughts and meaning into the simplest of ideas: "True solace is finding none, which is to say, it is everywhere." --Kathryn True
Title: The Solace of Open Spaces
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Viking, NY, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A bright, tight edition. DJ is uncut; lightly rubbed & sunned along the interior edges; some slight shelf wear; now protected with mylar. Text is firmly bound; rear flypaper has a vertical fine red line from top to bottom, otherwise, unmarked & sharp throughout. A "Times" article on the book is inserted. Bookseller Inventory # WS10173
Book Description Viking, 1985. Hardcover. Later Printing. Good, a little external soil, a pastedown drawing and decoratively lettered names. Very good internally, solid binding, clean pages. Good dust jacket, mild shelf rubbing. ; 131 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 34968
Book Description Viking, New York, 1985. Hard Back. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First American Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003283
Book Description Viking Books, New York, NY, 1985. Hard cover. First edition.. With dust jacket. Audience: General/trade. Very good in good dust jacket. The dustjacket has some short tears, edgewear, and chipping. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.0015546
Book Description (New York): Viking, (1986). (1986)., 1986. Book Condition: Very good. (New York): Viking, (1986). (1986). Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY GRETEL EHRLICH - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The top edge of the cloth spine is very lightly foxed. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed with a tiny crease to the bottom edge of its rear flap. x,  leaf & 131 pages. The top edge of the book is lightly foxed. Very good. Second printing, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For George, / All best wishes, / Gretel Ehrlich / May 20, 1986".Autobiographical essays about her time living in northern Wyoming, which she first visited in 1976 to make a documentary film. She began writing full time in 1979 and has also worked on ranches lambing, branding, herding sheep and calving. Bookseller Inventory # 33626
Book Description Viking, New York, 1985. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good -. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good -. (1985), 131pp, 1st ed., 2nd printing, light shelfwear to cover, owner's name to fep, light ink stain to bottom pg edges, 2" tear to top edge of dj, slight rubbing & edgewear to dj, corner crease to dj flap, contents clean. Bookseller Inventory # 15-0079
Book Description Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Hardcover in jacket. Tiny tear to jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 30200
Book Description Viking Press, 1985. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Uncorrected proof. Unread with marks to cover from publisher-pasted review clippings, aging and cover soil. 131 pp. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 2159
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-208-18-8033608
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0670806781