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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

New York: The Viking Press, 1983 Stock Code: 132382
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Presentation copy to Nelson Mandela

First edition, first printing. Presentation copy for Nelson Mandela, inscribed on the half-title recto by the author "For Nelson Mandela with greatest respect, and thanks, and kindest regards. Peter Matthiessen. August 1990", and additionally inscribed by a leading member of the Leonard Peltier defence committee: "Nelson Mandela, in this lifetime, on this Mother Earth, you will always stand out as one of the greatest examples of strength in mind, body, and spirit. Thank you Nelson Mandela for your sacrifices for all humanity, David Hill, National Coordinator of Leonard Peltier Defence Committee."

Mathiessen's In the Spirit of Crazy Horse argues for the innocence of Leonard Peltier, who was arrested along with three other Native Americans in conjunction with a conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975 which resulted in the deaths of one Native American and two FBI agents. Peltier was the only individual convicted, and remains in prison to this day; there is still an ongoing campaign to have him released.

A loosely inserted hand-written note explains the history of the copy: "To whom it may concern: This book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, was meant for Nelson Mandela. Nelson, who planned to meet with native people during his visit to the U.S. in 1990, also planned to meet with representatives of the Leonard Peltier defence committee. It was in anticipation of this meeting that Peter Matthiessen wrote a note & signed this book. Others, working in the committee also signed. R. E. Robincheaux". Robincheaux, a member of the committee, has also signed the half-title verso under the inscription of David Hill. Mandela's plans to visit the committee were thwarted, and the book never reached him - this copy thus remained in the possession of the Leonard Peltier Defence Committee, with their stamp to the front free endpaper. It survives as a meaningful emblem connecting, in spirit, the human rights campaigns of South African and North American peoples.

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Large octavo. Original brown quarter cloth, spine lettered in gilt, orange boards, author's framed initials in bronze to front, pink-brown endpapers. With dust jacket. Housed in a custom brown half morocco slipcase and brown cloth chemise, spine lettered in gilt with twin red morocco labels.


A very good copy in the jacket with some tearing and creasing.


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