In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.New York: The Viking Press, 1983 Stock Code: 114053
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Dink, in the Spirit, and kind regards, Peter (Matthiessen)". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in the Florida writers' haven of Key West. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") arrived in Key West at the behest of his Arkansas friend Ernest Hemingway in 1935, serving the author in a vague capacity of general fixer for some thirty years and notably designing the jacket of For Whom the Bells Toll. Dink became a local celebrity in his own right: "Bruce seemed to cross paths with every celebrity who came through Key West. He didn't seek them out; they found him. In Key West, Dink Bruce was royalty" (McKeen, Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West, p. 90). Key West featured in Matthiessen's 2008 novel Shadow Country.
Large octavo. Original brown quarter cloth, spine lettered in gilt, orange boards, author's framed initials in bronze to front, pink-brown endpapers. With the dust jacket.
An excellent copy in the bright dust jacket with very mild rumpling to the head of the spine panel.
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