Dust Jacket Design by George Salter; Book Design By E. McKnight Kauffer. Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First printing of Random House hardcover edition. x, 406pp. Blue/green cloth, gilt spine lettering with black ink 'paw' design, gray/green top-stain, cream endpapers. Dust jacket price 3.50. Signed by Clark to title page. Book appears exceptionally fine, in tight, unread condition with a neat previous owner's book-plate to front endpaper [hidden by dust jacket flap]. The very problematic dust jacket is without the typical large chips and signs of wear; it is crisp and bright, with just a couple of small closed edge-tears and minor edge-wear to spine crown. An outstanding copy of a book and dust jacket extremely difficult to find in collectable condition, especially signed. Walter Van Tilburg Clark is considered one of the most distinguished writers of the twentieth century. An author, poet, lecturer, and teacher, Clark's interpretations of the American West are his greatest legacy. " [He] has come to be known...as the essential western novelist, the one who did perhaps more than anyone else to define (in his fiction) the mode of perception, the acquisition of knowledge, and the style which we tend to call western...his prose style is imagistic, symbolic (or metaphoric), and direct, tapping the subconscious but staying in touch with the real world. [Clark felt many] critics were unable to understand what he was doing [and] he published no more novels [after 1949]. "-John R. Milton. 'The Track of the Cat' is a symbolic story depicting the constant struggle between good and evil. The action takes place on a remote Nevada ranch. Four men who fear a marauding mountain lion that is killing the cattle must conquer their feelings and kill it before it kills them. Basis for the 1954 film directed by William A. Wellman, starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Beulah Bondi, screenplay by A.I. Bezzerides, cinematography by William H. Clothier. ""The Track of the Cat' [is] Clark's major novel [and] reveals his philosophy most clearly and makes the most effective use of his western materials. It is carefully grounded upon a western ranch with all its literal details, and yet it operates consistently upon a symbolic level....all of [the] characters are invested with symbolic significance and that Clark has worked out a careful scheme to illustrate what may be Ideal Western American Man....[the] second major theme revolves around the concept of evil and man's relationship to it and to nature...the theme itself and the accompanying images in contrasts of black and white suggest Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'."-John R. Milton.
Signed by Author Near-fine with one slightly bumped corner, otherwise bright and clean inside and out. In a very good plus dust jacket ($2.75 price intact) with slight rubbing to extremities and several small closed edge tears. NEATLY INSCRIBED BY CLARK on the flyleaf. A beautiful signed copy.
Very Good. Inscribed by Author Book (wish someone could tell me what '2nd ed before publication' means) Nice engraving tipped onto the front endpaper covers a blemish in the paper from an earlier label now removed. The blank preliminary page that follows the endpaper has been glued to the front endpaper so that they seem like one page. The book is otherwise near fine, with an excellent text block. just a hint of even aging to the spine strip. Inscribed and dated by Clark on the front endpaper.
Very Good in Very Good-dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Random House. 1940. 309 pgs. Third Printing. Signed and inscribed with a lengthy inscription by Van Tilburg lark on the FFEP. Endpapers lightly foxed. DJ in VG shape with light shelfwear present to the DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 892; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 309 pages; Signed by Author.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed and dated "Sept. 25, 1940" by Clark on the front free endpage. Previous owner name and date neatly inked on front pastedown under dustjacket front flap, faint spoting to topstain; dustjacket with chipping at corners and spine ends, two inch closed tear on front panel spine fold and two shorter tears, one on the front panel bottom edge and the other on the rear panel topedge with shallow creases, edgewear, mostly on the front panel topedge. A bright, tight copy in Very Good conditiuon in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Clark's first novel. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
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