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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

NY, Random House, (1971). A review copy of Thompson's second and most famous book, a classic of the freewheeling, drug-ingesting Sixties, illustrated with hilarious and scary pen-and-ink drawings by Ralph Steadman. With the publisher's review slip laid in giving the date of publication (June 26, 1972) and with a bookplate laid in signed by Ralph Steadman. Boards lightly edge-sunned, as usual; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket, with mild fading to the red spine lettering. Basis for the Terry Gilliam film with Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro; one of the key books of the gonzo genre; and scarce as an advance copy. [#027496] $2,000
NY, Bantam, (1983). Text by Thompson and illustrations by Steadman, recounting the duo's trip to cover the Honolulu marathon for Running magazine. Thompson's fifth book, and his fourth collaboration with Steadman. This copy is signed by the author "H.S. Thompson." Only issued in wrappers (until a Taschen edition in 2005). Near fine with a shallow stain at the upper outer corner and a bit of wear at the base of the spine. One of the scarcest books to find signed by Thompson, perhaps because the perfectbound sheets tend to pop loose if the book is opened too widely or too roughly. [#030833] $1,000
San Francisco, Pneumatic Press, 1995. The fourth issue of this artist book/magazine, produced by Johnny Brewton. This issue features a Thompson contribution on the inside rear cover, and a cover photo shot through by Thompson with a .45. The image is of porn star Marilyn Chambers posing in the nude, holding a box of Ivory Snow detergent, which is illustrated with a photograph of her holding a young baby. Chambers starred in the ground-breaking porn movie Behind the Green Door, produced by San Francisco porn kings Jim and Artie Mitchell, longtime friends of Thompson. Their theater, the O'Farrell, was considered the Carnegie Hall of pornography in those days, and Thompson made such regular visits there that at one time he had business cards made up reading "Hunter S. Thompson Night Manager the Mitchell Brothers Theater." Chambers' posing as the idealized young mother for Ivory Snow before it was known that she made her living in porn was a scandal for the detergent company, which recalled hundreds of thousands of boxes and replaced Chambers' photo with a painted image, although the woman still bore a striking resemblance to Chambers. This cover image is torn through with two jagged holes, and is stamped inside the cover: "Front Cover Shot With A .45 By Hunter S. Thompson." Unlike other copies of this image we have seen shot by Thompson, this one also bears lips prints, so both shot and kissed (owner of the lips not determined). Hand-assembled and velobound; fine. An extravagant production; the entire run of X-Ray Magazine consisted of ten issues. [#029537] $750
San Francisco, Pneumatic Press, 1995. The fourth issue of this artist book/magazine, produced by Johnny Brewton. This issue features a cover photo shot by Thompson with a .45 (so stamped inside the front cover). There is also a Thompson contribution on the inside rear cover. Hand-assembled and velobound; fine. An extravagant production; the entire run of X-Ray Magazine consisted of ten issues. [#029355] $750
NY, Simon & Schuster, (2000). A review copy of the second of three volumes of his "Gonzo Letters," following The Proud Highway. With an "Author's Note" by Thompson. Signed by Thompson on a bookplate on the front flyleaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a form letter serving as a review slip announcing the December 13 publication of this title as well as the simultaneous publication of a trade edition of Screwjack, which had previously only been available in a long since sold out signed limited edition. This copy also has a "Gonzo" drink coaster laid in. [#031514] $500
(Aspen/Frisco), (various), 2005. Local coverage of Thompson's suicide, spanning three issues of the Aspen Daily/Sunday News (February 22, 24, 27); two issues of The Aspen Times (February 21, 23); and one issue of Mountain Gazette (March). Thompson killed himself on February 20. Approximately 20 articles in the six issues. Included: "Seminal Gonzo Journalist Kills Himself," "A Totally Unclassifiable Life," "Hunter Thompson Death Feeds Frenzy for Merchandise," "Hunter S. Thompson's Local Legacy [editorial]," "Hunter's Kitchen," "Thompson's Death Marks the Passing of a Literary Era," "Canon Roars for Hunter S. Thompson," "We Will Miss You Hunter S. Thompson [commentary]," "Hunter, What Were You Thinking? [commentary]," "The Origin of Fear and Loathing," "Friend: Thompson Wasn't One to Die in Hospital," "Thompson Probably Planned Suicide Well in Advance, Family Spokesman Says," "HST's Influence on Aspen Profound," "Aug, 19, 1996: Hunter's Issue," "Hunter S. Thompson Blast-Off Cannon Contest Under Way," "HST Was, After All, a Professional," "Dr. Gonzo's Final Dispatch," "RIP, HST," "Genius, Friend, Good Neighbor," "Disclaimer," roughly a dozen letters to the editor, and a bibliography. Tabloid style papers; near fine or better. A collection that would be difficult to assemble today. [#031767] $450
NY, Villard, (1997). An advance copy, the first issue proof, of Volume One of "The Fear and Loathing Letters," printing Thompson letters from 1955-1967. 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, tapebound in cardstock covers. Spotting/handling to covers; near fine. Date ("3/19") on front cover. There was an advance reading copy of this title in pictorial wrappers, which is common; an uncorrected proof copy in perfectbound white wrappers, which is uncommon; and this issue, preceding and scarcer than both; we've seen only one other copy of this issue offered for sale. [#031513] $450
(London), Bloomsbury, (1998). The advance reading copy of the British paperback edition (one year after the American and British hardcovers). Fine in wrappers. Uncommon advance copy. [#032911] $150
(Chicago), (Macfadden-Bartell), 1965. A fairly tame piece (for Thompson) on the gentrification of Big Sur, two years prior to his first book. September issue. Thompson had written to Pageant in 1964, seeking a new outlet for his writing; the digest-size magazine was a competitor to Reader's Digest and it paid well, and Thompson had several pieces published there over the next few years, including his first piece about Richard Nixon. This piece was partly an update of his first magazine feature, written in 1961 for Rogue magazine, a competitor of Playboy. Small date stamp front cover, very slight rubbing to rear cover; else fine in wrappers. [#030837] $150
(London), Picador/Pan, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Vol. 3 of the Gonzo Papers. Wrappers slightly stained and creased; very good. Uncommon advance edition; this is the first copy we've seen. [#032913] $150
(Chicago), (Macfadden-Bartell), 1969. At the height of the Vietnam War, Thompson visits Edwards Air Force Base and writes a piece about test pilots, contrasting the strait-laced "professionals" of the contemporary Air Force with the daredevil style of the old-time test pilots. September issue. Fine in wrappers. [#030838] $150
NY, Villard, (1997). The advance reading copy of Volume One of "The Fear and Loathing Letters," printing Thompson's letters from 1955-1967. Fine in wrappers. [#007209] $45
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