New York: Signet Books / New American Library, 1961. First Paperback Edition. First paperback printing of Doctorow's first novel, originally published in 1960 by Simon & Schuster, and basis for Burt Kennedy's 1967 western film starring Henry Fonda, Janice Rule, Warren Oates, and Aldo Ray. Prior to pursuing his writing full-time, Doctorow spent nearly a decade in the publishing world, beginning at Signet / NAL in 1960. Inscribed in his capacity as Rand's editor at Signet, where he oversaw publication of the paperback printings of Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, For the New Intellectual, The Virtue of Selfishness, and We the Living. A distinguished copy from editor to author, dating from the earliest period of Doctorow's long and celebrated career. Item #4146
First Printing. Octavo (18cm); illustrated card wrappers; red edge-staining; ,5-142,pp ads. Inscribed by the author to Ayn Rand on the title page: "To Ayn Rand / with best wishes / E.L. Doctorow / October 14, 1963." Subtle lean, gentle sunning to spine, with light wear to extremities; Very Good+ to Near Fine, with the edge-staining bright and even.