Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989. First edition thus. Hardcover. A fine copy in brown cloth in a near fine dust jacket with a few scratches to the rear panel. Ralph Steadman. Oblong 8vo. Signed limited edition, being $361 of 500 numbered copies signed by Ralph Steadman on an illustrated bookplate mounted to the front pastedown. Underneath this bookplate is the bookplate of Larry McMurtry. "In the black heart of the Nixon era, legendary British cartoonist Ralph Steadman prowled America like a walking open nerve, overwhelmed by the barrage of impressions. Where Freud fainted, Steadman stayed wide awake, in a state of amazement and terror". The Dr of Gonzo, Hunter S Thompson says, "I think (what shocks him is) the lack of that traditional British attempt to cover up the warts, or explain them away somehow. In America, we decorate the warts, sell them, cultivate them..." This is a revised edition of a book first published in 1974 by Straight Arrow Books. (Inventory #: 13361)
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