Inscribed first edition of the classic western, in which a grizzled gunfighter confronts his mortality.
Near fine in very good dust jacket.
"He had heard enough scalp-itch, blood-freeze stories to know that only one man carried a similar pair of guns in a similar manner..."
An iconic depiction of the twilight of the old-fashioned gunslinger, adapted into the 1976 film starring John Wayne in his last role. JB Books, the "most celebrated shootist extant," the last of his kind in the rapidly disappearing Old West, vows to choose his own end when he finds out he has cancer. Miles Swarthout, Glendon's son, notes that inspiration for Books' ailment arose from "a medical article stating that one of the leading causes of death among old Western cowboys was, surprisingly, neither lead poisoning nor rope burns... it was cancer of the prostate."
Read more: Miles Swarthout, The Duke's Last Ride: The Making of the Shootist.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1975. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original black leatherette-backed brown boards. In original unclipped ($6.95) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon. Fore-edge machine deckle. 186 pages. Inscribed by Swarthout to front flyleaf: "For Jean Shalla – / Who reads only good Westerns. / So I hope, I hope... / Glen Swarthout / Billings, Montana / 24 June 1976." Jacket with some edgewear, a few closed tears and tiny spots of loss, general light soil. Tiny bit of bumping to spine ends of binding, with occasional small spots of soil. A sharp copy.
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