Handsome first printing of McCarthy's grim epic Western.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die."
The jewel of McCarthy's oeuvre, and one of few resoundingly great novels to have so far escaped the peril of film adaptation—most recently slipping nimbly from the grasping hands of James Franco—as its greatness rests in large part on its unadaptable prose. BLOOD MERIDIAN is a book from which those who love it best can recite unprompted; even those who love it somewhat less have the last paragraph by heart. McCarthy's great and terrible Judge Holden is one of a select few twentieth-century characters to achieve immortality without inspiring ten thousand easy imitations: no warmed-over archetype, but a whole new monster. A lovely copy of this landmark in US literature.
Read more: James Wood, "Red Planet: The sanguinary sublime of Cormac McCarthy," The New Yorker.
New York: Random House, (1985). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original quarter red cloth with red boards, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($17.95) dust jacket, designed by Richard Adelson. , 337,  pages. Crease running parallel to top edge of rear jacket panel with short closed tear at joint; light scuffing to extremities. Fore-edge somewhat foxed. Jacket unfaded, book firm and clean. Shows well.
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