September 29th, 2020
      George R. Stewart Special Edition        
 
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This week we are featuring a wide sampling of George R. Stewart's works from our vast stacks at the warehouse.

"If a killing type of virus strain should suddenly arise by mutation... it could, because of the rapid transportation in which we indulge nowadays, be carried to the far corners of the earth and cause the death of millions of people." - W.M. Stanley, in Chemical and Engineering News, Dec. 22, 1947
 
So goes the chilling quote that George R. Stewart chose to begin Earth Abides, his classic science fiction novel about civilization's collapse due to a deadly pandemic. Though written more than 70 years ago, the prescient novel is now more relevant than ever. While Earth Abides is unfortunately apropos for our current times, much of Stewart's diverse bibliography remains relevant and interesting to read. From his innovative "ecological novels" to the various histories, biographies, and environmental treatises that make up Stewart's nonfiction output, one theme remains consistent - an examination of the interactions between people and their environment. In these times of global plague and climate crisis, few 20th century authors have a collection as pertinent to today as Stewart.

George Rippey Stewart was a longtime English Professor at UC Berkeley who published 28 books of fiction and nonfiction between 1930 and his death in 1980. He was known for his multi-disciplinary approach, combining insights from geography, history, anthropology, and ecology with masterful storytelling. Despite penning multiple best-sellers, Stewart has remained relatively obscure, though his influence is still felt across various genres. 
   
 This list is but a small selection from our Stewart inventory.  Please e-mail Nat Smith at our warehouse if you are looking for any particular titles. nat@backofbeyondbooks.com 

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Earth Abides 
Stewart, George R. 
Signed First Editions  

A definitive classic of the post-apocalyptic science fiction subgenre. Won the inaugural International Fantasy Award in 1951 and was included on Locus Magazine's list of best all time science fiction in both 1987 and 1998. Earth Abides imagines civilization's collapse due to a deadly pandemic and tells the story of a new, primitive society rising from the ruins.


 
Stated first printing. Blue boards with darker blue quarter binding. Silver lettering on spine. Embossed circular stamp on front board. Minor rubbing on head and tail of spine. Small discoloration on back board. Pictorial dust jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar plastic. Three-inch tear in top right corner of jacket cover. Head and tail of spine badly chipped. Binding is tight and text block is clean. Blue top stain. Book plate from personal library on front paste-down page. "Best wishes" and author signature on half-title page. 
$2,200

British first edition. Teal boards with black lettering on spine. Quarter-inch of fading on bottom of front board and spine. Small discolored stain on front board. Slight rubbing on head and tail of spine as well as corners. Yellow dust jacket with New Yorker quote on cover wrapped in mylar plastic. Major chipping and minor tears along top edge. Bottom corner where cover and spine meet has half-inch tear. A few other slight markings and stains. Binding is tight and text block is clean except for very minor foxing and small tear on front edge of page 307. "Best wishes" and author signature on half-title page.
$1,200


 
 
Fire  
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition  
 
Stated first printing. Red boards with title and small design on front. Black lettering on spine. Small indent on bottom right corner of front board. Slight creases on head and foot of spine, but otherwise nearly flawless. Pictorial unclipped dust jacket in mylar plastic. Some rubbing on front cover close to the fore-edge. Small hole with half-inch tear on back. Rubbing on foot and tail of jacket's spine. Binding is tight. Text block is clean, with black top stain and a deckle edge. Front and back end papers have map design. "Best wishes" and author signature on half-title page.
 
Stewart spent two seasons working with the U.S. Forest Service to research this inventive novel. The narrative centers around the fictional Spitcat fire as it rages through California one dry September. From firefighters to forest animals, the novel brings in varied perspectives to depict the drama of the inferno. Also includes a newspaper clipping with a review of the book by author Frederic F. Van de Water and  
a prospectus with a preview written by  
Pulitzer Prize winner John P. Marquand. $100   
 
 
 
Storm
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition

Blue textured cloth boards with title and small design on front. Some foxing on front and back. Black lettering on spine. Significant fading on 
spine. Pictorial unclipped dust jacket. Creases
and a couple small tears on bottom of jacket. Chipping and creasing on head and tail of jacket spine. White stain on back of jacket. Binding is
tight. Text block is very clean with black top stain. Front and back end papers have map design. Inscribed by the author on half-title page.

This best-selling novel is widely credited as starting the practice of naming tropical storms. Stewart's narrative follows the storm Maria as it travels over the Pacific to California, transforming from a
cyclone to a blizzard above the Sierra Nevada. Intertwining environmental complexities and
human drama, Stewart developed an innovative
style he would continue with later novels. $150

 


 
Ordeal by Hunger
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
 
Blue boards with gilt lettering on front and spine. Slight rubbing to head and tail of spine. Pictorial dust jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar plastic. Corners on fore-edge are all chipped with one inch tear on the top corner of the back side. Creasing and rubbing along top and bottom of jacket, especially on head and tail of spine. Binding is very tight. Text block is clean with blue top stain. "Best wishes" and author signature on half-title page. Includes 12 black and white plates and five maps.

In one of his earliest books, Stewart tells the harrowing tale of the Donner Party. By recounting the most infamous overland journey in the history of the American West, Stewart began his exploration of the interactions between humans and their environment that came to define his oeuvre.
$250



 
The Diary of Patrick Breen
Breen, Patrick with an Introduction by George R. Stewart
Limited Edition




Green, brown, and cream colored boards with feathers and geometric designs. Small tear on
top rear hinge.Tight binding and clean text block. Limited edition of 300 copies from The Book Club
of California hand printed on rag paper by the
Allen Press (Colophon).

The diary of one of the surviving members of the  
ill-fated Donner Party, with an introduction and  
notes from George R. Stewart. Also features decorations by artist Mallette Dean. Includes  
30-page facsimile of the original diary.  $225



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U.S. 40: Cross Section of the United States of America
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
 
Tan cloth boards with blue lettering and outline of the U.S. on front. Spine has brown  lettering. Small white sticker ghost on back board. Head and tail of spine are slightly creased. Pictorial dust jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar plastic. Significant creasing in top left corner of cover. Rubbing along fore-edge of jacket. Back of jacket
has foxing and a half-inch tear. Binding is very
tight. Minor foxing on otherwise clean text  
block. Front and back end pages have detailed illustrations. Author signature on title page.
 
Route 40 runs over three thousand miles from Atlantic City to San Francisco, bisecting the continent. Stewart takes readers the entire length of the route, spatially and temporally, explaining the geographical and historical significance of the landmarks passed along the way. $100


This California  
Bry, Michael and George R. Stewart
First Edition
 
 
Olive green cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine. Gilt lettering of title on front board has worn off slightly. Some minimal rubbing on corners. Pictorial dust jacket wrapped in mylar plastic. Some rubbing, especially near hinges. Indent on top of jacket, perhaps from a paper clip. Tight binding and very clean text block.
 
Collection of evocative black and white pictures by photographer Michael Bry that show California's diversity of landscapes, wildlife, and people. Photos are accompanied by text written by George Stewart. $20




  
 

N.A. 1: The North-South Continental Highway (2 Volumes)
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition

Looking North has green cloth boards with black lettering on cover and light yellow lettering on spine. Front board features an outline of North America in yellow with the route going north in black. Minor rubbing and creasing on head and tail of spine. Blue pictorial dust jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar. Slight creasing on top and bottom edge of jacket. Head and tail of jacket's spine has slight chipping. Tight binding and very clean text block. Looking South also has green cloth boards with black and yellow lettering. Yellow outline of North America shows southern route in black. Slight rubbing on head and tail of spine. Orange pictorial dust jacket is unclipped and in mylar. Creasing and chipping of jacket is mostly just on top edge. Tight binding and clean text block. Both volumes are signed by the author on the half-title page. Both also feature black and white pictures taken by Stewart and perspective relief maps by renowned cartographer Erwin Raisz with a colored map of the continent on the front and rear end papers.

 Channeling the romance of America's early explorers, Stewart charts a course vertically along the continent and then describes the journey in lavish detail. In Looking North, Stewart travels from the Canadian border to the Arctic Circle in Alaska. For Looking South, Stewart started at the Mexican border and headed through Central America to Costa Rica. Written in the late 1950s as road trips surged in popularity, this adventurous tale will surely inspire wanderlust.   $60


 









East of the Giants
Stewart, George R.
First Editions

 
Stewart's first novel applies the rigorous historical research from his early biographies andapplies it to a fictional tale of three people in California during the Gold Rush and other important events from the state's history.

British first edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. A number of small stains on front board. Minor rubbing and toning on top- and bottom-edge of both boards. Pictorial unclipped dust jacket in mylar. Significant foxing to back and interior of jacket. Slight creasing and foxing on head and tail of spine. Binding is starting to become somewhat loose. Text block has some minor foxing and uneven trim on fore-edge. Map design on front and back end papers. Signature dated 1941 on front end paper, does not appear to be the author's. $30

American first edition. Orange-brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine. Slight damp staining around tail of spine. Minor rubbing on top and bottom edges of boards. Pictorial dust jacket wrapped in mylar plastic. Corners clipped, but original price still visible. Two inch tear and creasing by top hinge on cover of jacket. Half-inch tear at by hinge on back of jacket. Some chipping and creasing on head and tail of spine. Tight binding and clean text block. Map design on front and back end papers. $40


Man: An Autobiography
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Editions

In this imaginative anthropological work, Stewart tells the story of humankind from prehistory to modern civilization. More creative than scientific, this unique bookevokes the human drama in the history of our species.
British first edition. Green cloth boards with black lettering on spine. Some creasing and toning to top and bottom edges, especially around head and tail of spine. Yellow price clipped dust jacket in mylar. Slight creasing on head and tail of spine and small chip missing from one fore-edge corner. Tight binding. Text block has some foxing, mostly on top edge. Front paste-down has very noticeable ripples, but it doesn't impact any other pages. Signed by the author on the half-title page.$100  


Stated first printing. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering for title and white lettering for author and publisher on both front and spine. Some toning near head of spine. Small dent on fore-edge of back board. Pictorial dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Corners clipped, though price still readable. Very small tear near top of fore-edge. A few small blue marks on front and back. Binding is very tight. Top edge of text appears to have been stained blue, though the color has faded. Text block is clean except for a note from previous owner in pen on page 14. Author signature on half-title page. Includes Stewart's original heavily annotated manuscript for chapter three with a signed letter to the previous owner gifting the manuscript. Manuscript and letter are contained in an elegant tri-fold binder with marble paper inside the boards. $350


 
American Ways of Life
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
    
Tan cloth boards with dark blue lettering on front and spine. Also has outline of the U.S.  stamped in dark blue on front board. Very slight creasing to head and foot of spine. Dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Minor rubbing and creasing along top and bottom edges of jacket. Tight binding. Clean text block that includes black and white illustrations. Signed by author on half-title page.
 
A detailed examination of American culture with special attention to how various customs, habits, and traditions developed over time. $36  
 
 
 
 
 

Not So Rich as You Think
Stewart, George R.
First Edition

 
Gray cloth boards with dark green and red  
lettering. Front board has stamped illustration identical to dust jacket. Slight indent on bottom
fore-edge corner of front board. Pictorial dust  
jacket wrapped in mylar. Has four inch pen mark  
on cover. A few small tears and chips. Binding is very tight. Text block is clean with top-edge dyed dark green. Illustrated front and back end papers.  
 
In this ahead-of-its-time book of environmental analysis, Stewart examines the problems of waste
and pollution in a materialistic society. Focusing
on what Stewart describes as a growing crisis, the book remains relevant today with discussions of  
the greenhouse effect, nuclear waste, and many  
other environmental issues.  Features illustrations
by acclaimed satirical cartoonist Robert Osborn.  
$30
 
 
 
 
Sheep Rock
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
 
Stated First Printing. Gray cloth boards with yellow lettering on spine. Slight creasing and toning on tail of spine. Dust jacket in mylar. Some minor creasing. A few chips missing on top edge of jacket. Binding tight and text block clean. Blue top stain is somewhat faded. Signed by author on half-title page.
 
Set in the harsh Black Rock Desert of Neveda, this "ecological novel" (Stewart's term) is a meditation on place. Featuring the ecosystem itself as protagonist, this experimental novel takes readers on a journey through geologic eras without leaving the titular landmark. $60 
 
 
The Years of the City
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
 

Cream boards quarter bound in blue cloth. Gilt lettering on spine and blue geometric pattern on front board. Slight creasing on tail of spine.
Pictorial price clipped dust jacket in mylar.
Chipping and rubbing on tail of jacket's spine.
Slight rubbing near hinges. Binding is very tight. Clean text block with blue top stain and uneven
trim on fore-edge. Intricate map design on front
and back end papers. Author signature on
title page.
 

Stewart conceived of this novel while working as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Athens.
The unconventional narrative covers 200 years
of history for a fictional, yet vividly realized,
Greek city. A meditation on the theme of how civilizations rise and fall. $60



 
Names on the Land
Stewart, George R.
First Edition
 
Gray-brown cloth boards with gilt lettering and design on spine. Pictorial dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Three-quarter inch tear on bottom of jacket. Significant creasing on all edges and hinges. Other small tears along top edge. Tight binding and clean text block. Original had top staining, but it has faded. Map design on front and back end papers. Includes five newspaper clippings about the book.
 
Stewart, a founding member of the American Name Society, wrote this history of place-naming in America. It covers the people and circumstances that led to the naming of many of America's most famous places. $30 
 
 
 

Names on the Globe
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition



Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Some minimal edge wear, mostly near head and
tail of spine. Dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Some rubbing along top- and bottom-edges. Very tight binding with clean text block. Author inscription
on half-title page.

Continuing from earlier work on places names, Stewart, "the world's foremost authority on  
place-naming" (from jacket), expands his scope  
to cover the entire planet. With a focus on the  
human stories behind famous names, this book
is a culmination of Stewart's lifelong interest
in toponymy. $40
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Technique of English Verse
Stewart, George R.
First Edition
 
Black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Small embossed owl on front. Some rubbing, especially to back board and fore-edge corners. Fading and crease on spine. Binding is starting to loosen. Text block has notes throughout, mostly underlining, in blue pen from previous owner. Front paste-down has bookplate from previous owner. Previous owner also signed their name on front end paper.
 
In his first published book, Stewart provides a detailed and technical analysis of English poetry with a focus on form rather than content. $99
 
 
 
 
 

Pickett's Charge: A Microhistory of the Final Attack
at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
Stewart, George R.
First Edition


Red boards quarter bound in black cloth. Orange and red lettering on spine. Minor rubbing on
head and tail of spine. Slight dent on bottom
fore-edge corner of front board. Pictorial dust
jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar. Creasing on top and bottom edge of jacket.
Tight binding and clean text block. Includes
black and white photos and a number of maps
and diagrams.

Beginning during the wee hours of the third day
of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg, this book covers 15 of the most consequential hours in American history. Stewart translated rigorous research into a compelling narrative of one of the Civil War's most famous and decisive military maneuvers. $35
  
 

 
 
Take Your Bible in One Hand
Stewart, George R.
Signed First Edition
 
Limited edition of 750 copies (Colophon). Faded light blue cloth boards quarter bound in black. Decorative label of horse on front. Label with title in black lettering on spine. Both boards show some rubbing and fading as well as some small stains. Fore-edge corners have significant rubbing. Binding is tight. Text block is clean with deckle edge. Numerous small black and white illustrations accompany the text. Author signature on title page.
 
A biography of 19th century author and publisher William H. Thomes, with a focus on his time in California. $95 


 





Bret Harte: Argonaut and Exile
Stewart, George R.
First Edition
 


Tan textured cloth boards with red lettering on spine. Minor toning and rubbing on spine.
Pictorial dust jacket in mylar. Sunning on
spine. Some creasing to top and bottom edge
of jacket. Slight chipping around head and tail
of spine. Binding is tight.Text block is clean with uneven trim. Contains 8 plates with ten different black and white photos and illustrations.

Stewart's first major book was this biography
of writer and poet Bret Harte, who was best
known for his stories set in mining camps during
the California Gold Rush. Using an exhaustive
list of sources, Stewart details a life that he called
"an amazing paradox." $30

 
  
 
A Little of Myself
Stewart, George R. and Suzanne B. Riess  
 

 
Copy of manuscript stored at Bancroft Library. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Minimal edge wear and rubbing. Binding is fairly tight and text block is clean. Pages printed on recto only. Features tipped-in black and white photographs. Also includes print-out copies of two different obituaries for Stewart.
 
A series of interviews conducted by Suzanne Riess, former editor of the University of California's Regional Oral History Office, with George R. Stewart. Interviews cover a wide range of topics including his major works, personal life, and time in academia. $100


 

University of California Chronicle Volume 28
Lehmer, Derrick N. (Editor)
1926



Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Sunning and a few stains on spine. Back board
has some ripples, likely due to moisture, that don't impact rest of book. Some dents on edges of boards. Binding is tight. Slight foxing on text block.
Includes some black and white as well as color plates.  The 28th volume of the University of California's quarterly publication that ran
from 1898 to 1933.

This volume features all four publications of the periodical from 1926, including the issue with
George Stewart's Master's Thesis on Robert Louis Stevenson's famous pirate novel Treasure Island. Using research on Stevenson's life and writings, Stewart located the actual island in Monterey
Bay that inspired the novel. $50
 
  
  
 
Doctor's Oral 
Stewart, George R.
First Edition 
 
Dark blue cloth boards with embossed square academic cap on front. Gilt lettering on spine. Slight toning and edge wear along top and bottom. Pictorial dust jacket is price clipped and wrapped in mylar. One inch tear on top-edge of jacket. Half-inch tears on hinges of jacket. Creasing and chipping on head and tail of spine. Fore-edge corners also worn. Binding is tight. Text block is clean with blue top stain. Illustrated front and back end papers.
 
Stewart's second novel tells the story of a graduate student's oral examination to earn his doctorate degree. Though it takes place at a fictional university, Stewart based the narrative on his experiences in academia.  $50


 
 

Of Time and Space
Stewart, George R.
Limited Edition Broadside






Limited edition of 50 copies. Broadside of poem excerpted
from Stewart's 1951 novel Sheep Rock. Posthumously
printed by the Friends of George R. Stewart. About 18
inches long by 9 inches wide. Printed on thick beige paper.
Right deckle edge. $50

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Earth Abides in Translation  
Stewart, George R.
German First Edition 
 
 
Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering over a green and black design on the spine. Embossed stamp of infinity symbol on front board. Fore-edge corners are dented.  Pictorial dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Rubbing and creasing along jacket's fore-edge and joints, especially at corners. Chipping on head of spine. Binding is very tight. Text block is clean and has green top stain that is faded. Translated by Ernst Sander. The German title, Leben Ohne Ende, literally translates to "Life Without End." $30



Not So Rich As You Think in Translation
Stewart, George R.
Japanese Edition




Blue paperboard cover with black lettering.
Title in English and Japanese on cover.
Some creasing along fore-edge and joints.
Fore-edge corners also creased. Pictorial
dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Also includes original belly band that has some creases
and discoloration. Jacket has small chip
missing on one fore-edge corner. Tight
binding and clean text block with attached ribbon bookmark. Top fore-edge corner
of about half the pages is slightly creased. Features some black and white illustrations
and photographs.  $25


 

 
  
 
Three George R. Stewart Books in Translation
 
A set of three soft cover Stewart books in translation: Fire in Hindi, To California by Covered Wagon in Burmese, and Storm in Arabic.  
 
Fire includes transmittal slip from India, stating it is one of 2,500 copies. Fire has pictorial dust jacket in mylar over tan paperboard. Two small holes in cover and jacket from staple. Some creasing near joints and fore-edge corners. Aside from small holes and very minor creasing, jacket is in fine condition. Tight binding and clean text block. To California by Covered Wagon has very thin paper cover and string binding. Ripples along spine. Tight binding. Major toning to text block. Includes some black and white illustrations. Storm includes partial transmittal slip from Cairo, Egypt. Thin paper cover with stapled binding. Ripples along spine and significant rubbing along joints, especially where staples are. Cover has small holes where a staple was removed. Crease on top fore-edge corner that impacts cover and text block. Tight binding and clean text block. $60