Friday, March 16, 2012

The Mountain of Gold by Max Evans - Signed Presentation Copy with Letter



The Mountain of Gold with Signed Letter

Signed half-title page by Max Evans


 [Illustrated by Hugh Cabot, III] 1965. Sellenraa, Dunwoody, Georgia: Norman S. Berg, Publisher. First Edition - SIGNED presentation copy (signed on half-title page). 8vo. 77pp. Book in very good condition with a Good+ condition dustjacket, please note there are some chips along the upper edge near front right corner, one circular missing spot (small) at upper spine, in general some shelfwear and scuffs to paper cover. Both corners at front flap of dustjacket are clipped - having read other catalogs, I see this may have been from the publisher(?) as they also note this condition, there is a light 2.95 price written where the flap corner should be.

In addition to the signed book there is a personal letter (in envelope) dated Aug 1966 handwritten in orange pen by Mr. Evans - letter was to Jean Williams in Hollywood. Stationary is from the El Rey Motel in  "old Santa Fe, New Mexico"

Please read this very interesting article about Max Evans: http://www.historynet.com/ol-max-evans-tells-literary-stories-in-paintings-and-drawings.htm "Today, he's best-known as a writer, author of The Rounders and The Hi Lo Country (both turned into critically acclaimed movies), the irascible rapscallion who once broke director Sam Peckinpah's ankle — "I was trying to break his neck." — winner of multiple Spur Awards, multiple Western Heritage Wrangler Awards and the 1990 Levi Strauss Saddleman Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature." -- Johnny D. Boggs

This is the story of Benito Anaya and his wife Eloisa.... while cutting trees on Black Mountain for corral posts, Benito stumbles upon a rock, it is a huge nugget of gold, the size of his fist. The rest of his life is spent in a search for the mother lode. [A true allegory of loss of vision in pursuit of a goal.]

PRICE: $70.

~ Please contact me if you are interested in this fine book!


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