New York: Random House, 1979. First Edition. Uncorrected proof copy of McCarthy's semi-autobiographical fourth novel set in the early 1950's, following Cornelius Suttree, who has repudiated his life of privilege to spend his life as a fisherman on the Tennessee River. Though now widely considered one of McCarthy's most serious and ambitious works, drawing comparisons to Ulysses, Cannery Row, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, fewer than 3,000 copies of the first printing were sold at the time of publication, prior to being remaindered. Among the scarcer Random House proofs for McCarthy's first five books, this being the third we've handled, and one of only a handful we've seen in commerce. Item #4561
Octavo (21cm); publisher's original printed card wrappers, with xeroxed publication information on a 4" x 6" slip taped to front cover; [vi],,4-470,pp. Trivial wear to extremities, touch of dustiness to lower edge of textblock, else Fine.