Moab, UT: Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, 2014. Hardcover. Limited Edition. xi, , 171,  pp. 4to. Green cloth spine with gold embossed tilting, gray cloth boards with blind embossed symbol of the National Park Service, the ranger hat superimposed over the trademark arrowhead. Clean and crisp within, no dust jacket as issued, matching green cloth slipcase with a photograph of Bates Wilson inset on front board. Signed on the title page by the author. Fine.
Heavily illustrated biography of Bates Wilson (1912-1983) that also documents the history of Canyonlands Region of Utah. Wilson was an early Superintendent at Arches and Natural Bridges National Monument taking on the role in 1949. He was instrumental in the founding of Canyonlands National Park and was appointed its first Superintendent upon its establishment as a National Park in 1964. Bates Wilson also hired the young Edward Abbey in the 1950s to work as a seasonal ranger at Arches National Monument, he seems to be one of the few people Abbey respected in the National Park Service.
Produced in 2014 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park, this special edition was published in an edition of 52 copies: 40 clothbound Deluxe Editions numbered 1-40; 10 Leather Deluxe Editions, lettered A-J; and 2 Leather Deluxe Publisher's Editions that are neither numbered or lettered. This is copy # 1 of the Deluxe Editions. It is signed on the title page by the author.