Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. THOMPSON   |   Ralph STEADMAN

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SIGNED BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON: FIRST EDITION OF FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. New York: Random House, (1971). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of Thompson’s edgy journey into the American dream, boldly signed by him with his characteristic “H.S. Thompson,” and additionally dated SF/7.18,84” by him. In scarce original dust jacket.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas “cemented Mr. Thompson’s place as a singular presence in American journalism or, as he once called himself, ‘a connoisseur of edge work” (New York Times). Thompson’s second book, the embodiment of Gonzo journalism, “is a custom-crafted study of paranoia… a desperate and important book, a wired nightmare, the funniest piece of American prose since Naked Lunch” (Books of the Century, 278-80). Illustrated by Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s hallucinogenic saga became “a metaphor for the state of the American nation” (Stringer, 666). Made into the movie of the same title in 1998, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp. With “First Edition” on copyright page; first-issue dust jacket rear flap code of 6/72. Evidence of bookplate removal on the front pastedown endpaper.

Interior fine; light toning and wear to binding edges. Price-clipped dust jacket bright and fine. A near-fine copy, scarce signed.

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