Thompson, Hunter S. Illustrated by Steadman, Ralph

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Price: $3,000.00

Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: Straight Arrow Books
Date Published: 1973
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 90


First Printing. A Fine copy in a Near Fine jacket, with the original price of $7.95 intact. The book appears unread, and the second state jacket is a crisp example, showing absolutely none of the fading to the red and blue colored skull on the spine, a typical problem with this title. Other than a few areas of pinpoint rubbing to the corners and bottom edge, the jacket is as nice as we've ever seen. This copy has been signed by both the illustrator, Ralph Steadman and the subject, former Senator and U.S. Presidential candidate George S. McGovern. Steadman has signed via a specially decorated bookplate, which he affixed to this copy himself at an October 31, 2006 event, where he could not sign books due to a severe arthritis flare-up. McGovern signed the half-title page at a recent event. We presented a few copies of this book to him, and after a brief conversation about his friendship with Thompson, he mentioned to us that these were the only copies he could remember anyone bringing to one of his book signings. McGovern ran against, and lost to, Richard Nixon (an arch-nemesis of Thompson's), and Thompson was one of the few journalists who stuck with McGovern throughout his campaign, resulting in a lifelong friendship. While Thompson is almost universally revered for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it is far from his best writing. Campaign Trail '72 remains one of the best pieces of political writing written during the 20th century, and along with Thompson's journalistic pieces in The Great Shark Hunt, stands as some of his very best work. A superior copy of book which is almost always found well-worn, signed by both the illustrator/jacket designer and the subject. Publicity material from both events are included with this book.

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