First printing of the book at the heart of the Hunter S. Thompson legend, a beautiful copy.
Near fine in fine jacket.
"There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man on an ether binge."
A desperate, drug-fueled experiment in 'gonzo' journalism, FEAR AND LOATHING was written during Thompson's stint as Washington Correspondent for Rolling Stone, and first appeared in the magazine in serial installments. Straddling the hazy border between thinly-veiled fiction and experimental journalism, first composed in feverish hotel-room notebook-scribbling sessions, the book remains HST's best-known and most influential work. Surreal, hallucinatory, endlessly quotable.
New York: Random House, (1971). Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original blind-stamped grey boards, backed in black cloth with silver lettering to spine. In original unclipped dust jacket, designed by Susan Schwab, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Black and white illustrations by Steadman throughout. 206 pages. Jacket with barest rubbing to spine foot, faint spot to verso of spine head, close inspection only. Book edges just sunned, minimal foxing to text block edges. Much nicer than usually seen.
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