New York: Random House, 1990-1999. First Editions. Attractive set of Matthiessen's Florida trilogy, telling the story of E.J. Watson. Over the course of nearly ten years he cut out 400 pages of the original manuscripts and re-wrote large portions of the book, giving voices to characters which previously had none, and producing the manuscript of Shadow Country in 2008, significantly textually different, winning the National Book Award for Fiction the same year. Item #4006
First Printings. Three octavo volumes (24.25cm); variously-colored paper and cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spines; map endpapers; dustjackets; [viii],372,; [xiv],539,; xiv,410,pp. Killing Mister Watson has been signed and dated by the author on the title page ("Peter Matthiessen / Simi Valley / August 95"). Faint foxing to upper edge of textblock on Killing Mister Watson, else Fine in Fine, unclipped dustjackets, showing some pinpoint wear to extremities.