"WE WERE ALL ABOUT TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPECTACLE THAT WOULD GO DOWN, AS IT WERE, IN HISTORY": FIRST EDITION OF HUNTER THOMPSON'S FEAR AND LOATHING: ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL '72
THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72. (San Francisco): Straight Arrow, (1973). Octavo, original black paper-covered boards, original dust jacket. $975.
First edition, in first-issue dust jacket, of Thompson's "bizarrely irreverent" account of the 1972 presidential campaign.
Thompson established his reputation with his first book, Hells Angels (1967), displaying his "visceral honesty, his creative blend of fact and fantasy, his rage at convention and power." But he first reached a wide audience with this, his third book. Thompson's coverage of the Nixon-McGovern 1972 presidential campaign "forced mainstream news organizations to take notice. That year, some of his most acerbic lines were quoted in publications like Newsweek and The New York Times" (New York Times). First edition: first printing: with "First Printing" on the copyright page. First-issue dust jacket, with white border around photograph on rear panel. With in-text political cartoons by Ralph Steadman and candid campaign photographic illustrations.
Book fine; light edge-wear, mild toning to spine of bright near-fine dust jacket.