Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1968. First UK Paperback Edition. Distinguished copy of of Berger's 1964 satirical western novel, charting the exploits of 121 year-old Jack Crab, raised by the Cheyenne nation, who reportedly crossed paths with many of the West's most notable figures, including Wyatt Earp, George Custer, Buffalo Bill, and Wild Bill Hickok. Basis for Arthur Penn's 1970 film adaptation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway. Item #4592
Octavo (18cm); pictorial card wrappers; ,9-439,pp. Berger's own annotated copy, which he carried with him to to readings at 20 American colleges between 1973-1986. On the inside of the front wrapper he has written "Thomas Berger readings at," beneath which, filling the entire page, he has written a chronological list of where he's read and in what year. Two sections he read with frequency are marked by three paperclips at right margins, with his holograph annotations and ommissions (Chapter 5, "My Education as a Human Being," and Chapter 20, "Wild Bill Hickok"). Inscribed on the title page: "To my friend Glenn Horowitz, prince among men, king of booksellers! / Thomas Berger." Modest wear to joints and extremities, a few faint creases to wrappers, with the usual subtle tanning to text edges; Very Good+, housed in a custom clamshell case.