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by William Least Heat-Moon

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Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. Association copy, inscribed in a handsome brown calligraphic ink on the half-title page: "To my great friends Linda and Scott Chisholm, Z. with soul and Bard [Bird?] with lore, the title, and long conversations -- also, of course, the grand walk over the Kaw trail." Signed "HeatMoon." The last chapter of PrairyErth is a description of Chisholm and Heat-Moon walking the Kaw Trail through southern Chase County, Kansas, and its Flint Hills, which was the subject of this book, this "deep map." Clive "Scott" Chisholm, who William Least Heat-Moon nicknames "the venerable Tashmoo," was a close friend and is also a character in Heat-Moon's earlier epic Blue Highways (he stays with Chisholm in New York); and Chisholm was an author himself, known for his book Following the Wrong God Home: Footloose in an American Dream, a memoir of a journey he took on foot in 1985, from the Missouri River to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he retraced the 1200-mile route of nineteenth-century Mormon pioneers. In that book he often refers to the "Osage, a friend who Chisholm says encouraged and inspired him to make the journey: William Least Heat-Moon. The half-title of this copy also includes a Chase County ink stamp, and opposite it, on the rear FFEP, are the signatures of 17 people who appear in this book. There was a grand book launch celebration on the day of its publication in Chase County, and Chisholm must have made a special point of attending. Interestingly this list of signatures finishes with "Scott Chisholm" and "Bill Trogdon," Heat-Moon's real name--he signed the book there, too. Comes with a handwritten explanation with more detail by a former bookseller. This first edition is fine except for light foxing/dusting to the upper face of its text block; the jacket is very near fine. A unique and remarkable association copy.


Three months on the New York Times bestseller list, PrairyErth is now in paperback. Robert Penn Warren pronounced Heat-Moon's Blue Highways "a masterpiece." Now Heat-Moon has pulled to the side of the road and set off on foot to take readers on an exploration of time and space, landscape and history in the Flint Hills of central Kansas.


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