Desert Solitaire is a seminal environmental novel by Edward Abbey from 1968.
A series of essays on life in solitude as a Park Ranger in Utah, its themes include environmentalism, wilderness, modernity, and a healthy dose of anarchism.
The challenge was to boil down the essence of the book to a cover — playing cards reinforced both the literal, titular "solitaire" as well as the duality of the human–nature relationship. Illustration cues were drawn from petroglyphs (often found in the American southwest) as well as a regional color palette of green, orange, and turquoise.