Brother William Press, Berkeley, 1972 First edition. Color printed/illustrated wraps, 9 x 6 inches, 94 pp., illustrations in black/white/red. Very good. "Children of Earth: We want to teach you to follow your heart, to get high and stay high -- not to end up six feet under. Many of the herbs we talk about contain both kill and cure. We need you here. We want you here. We're not doctors -- no sir. Don't use a plant on account of this book. It might bring us all down." Angelica, Aphrodisiacs, Arthritis, Astral Travel, Birth Control, Blood Purifiers, Caves, Datura, Dope Butter, Ginseng, Hashball, Hemlock, Indians, Liquid Hash, Magic Beans, Marijuana, Medicine, Mexican Hash, Mexico, Mushrooms, Peyote, Prayer, Rattlesnakes, Roots, Shamanism, Spirits, Stronger Dope, Tobacco, Yarrow.(3214027). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good.
Arthur Barker, London, 1962 First edition. Black boards, gilt spine lettering (bright), 11 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches, 192 pp., numerous illustrations (including early Ralph Steadman). Previous owner's name, front pastedown (else fine). Dustcover very good plus (price clipped, mild edgewear). A very nice, bright, clean copy. Numerous contributors, including P.G. Wodehouse.(3214046). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good.
Knopf, New York, 1989 First edition. Dark blue paper and cloth-covered boards, gilt spine lettering (bright), 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, 347 pp. Book fine (binding tight/square, pages clean and crisp, no marks). Dustcover near fine (ever so slight sunning, spine, barely noticeable). This is the famous dustcover with the 5-legged dog on the spine and the mutant fonts employed on the front panel. Great whambo. A beautiful copy. From Wikipedia: "The novel is the story of a traveling carnival run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife "Crystal" Lil. When the business begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. The results are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy"), Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly"), a hunchbacked albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal-looking baby of the family who has telekinetic powers. Oly tells the story of her family in the form of a novel written for her daughter Miranda. The novel takes place in two time periods: the first deals with the Binewski children's constant struggle against each other through life. They especially have to deal with the Machiavellian Arty as he develops his own cult: Arturism. In this cult, Arty persuades people to have their limbs amputated so that they can be like Arty, the cult leader, in their search for the principle he calls PIP ("Peace, Isolation, Purity"). Each member moves up in stages, losing increasingly significant chunks of their body, starting with their toes and fingers. As Arty battles his siblings to maintain control over his followers, competition between their respective freak shows slowly begins to take over their lives. The second story is set in the present and is centered on Oly's daughter, Miranda. Nineteen-year-old Miranda does not know Oly is her mother. She lives on a trust fund created by Oly before she gave up her daughter to be raised by nuns. This had been urged by her brother Arty, who was also Miranda's father (not through sexual intercourse, but by the telekinetic powers of Chick, who carried Arty's sperm directly to Oly's ovum). Oly lives in the same rooming house as Miranda so she can "spy" on her. Miranda has a special defect of her own, a small tail, which she flaunts at a local fetish strip club. There she meets Mary Lick, who tries to convince her to have the tail cut off. Lick is a wealthy woman who pays attractive women to get disfiguring operations, ostensibly so they may live up to their potential instead of becoming sex objects; it is implied, however, that Lick's real motivation is to punish them for being more attractive than she is. Oly plans to stop Lick in order to protect her daughter."(3214027). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.
Ebury Press, London, 1995 First British edition. SIGNED by Ralph Steadman on the half-title page, dated in the year of publication, 25 Oct 95. Black cloth-covered boards, gilt spine lettering, 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, unpaginated. Numerous drawings of Jones, Hunter S. Thompson's cat, by Steadman. Book and dustcover fine. A fine gift for a cat lover. (3214025x2). Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.
Rykodisc: Salem, Massachusetts, 1997 Music CD (RCD 10577). New, still in shrinkwrap. Cover art by Ralph Steadman. "Produced by Frank Zappa prior to his death in 1993, this 'politically incorrect' compilation presents FZ as equal opportunity offender. Included are the Zappa classics 'Valley Girl,' 'Bobby Brown Goes Down,' 'Catholic Girls' and 'Dinah-Moe Humm,' as well as previously unreleased live versions of 'Tinsel Town Rebellion' and 'Dumb All Over,' plus alternate mixes and edits of other tunes. Potentially offended parties include women, men, gays, Catholics, Jews, musicians, music business executives, televangelists, and of course, the French."(3214028). No Binding. New.
George W. Jacobs; Philadelphia, 1912 First edition. Red cloth-covered boards, gilt spine and front board lettering and decoration (bright and attractive), 9 x 6 inches, 392 pp., 16 b/w plates. Very good plus (mild wear to cloth, spine ends and board tips). Binding tight and pages clean. Previous owner's attractive bookplate, front pastedown. A very attractive copy. "The Oracle of Ishtar and Nebo / Uttered by a Woman Baya (or Witch) / a Native of Arabela: I proclaim it aloud --- What Has Been Will Be --- I am Nebo --- The Lord of the Writing Tablet --- Glorify Me." (3214004). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.
Neville, Santa Barbara, 1991., 1991 Number 294 of 300 numbered copies. SIGNED by Thompson with his full "H S Thompson" signature (Thompson's signature is scarce, and usually takes the form of his initials, "HST"). In addition, this copy is SIGNED and nicely DECORATED by Ralph Steadman on the front free endpaper (a full-page drawing of the good doctor in black pen, such that the "Gonzo" printing/decoration on this page is centered on the doctor's head; nose and downturned mouth in red ink; glasses and cigarette holder in gold paint; gold paint splattered all over, in Steadman's characteristic style; signed and dated 10 Nov 95). Wonderful. Red boards, gilt lettering/decoration. Fine. (3214004). Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.
Simplistic Press; Oakland Farm, Cambridge City, Indiana, 1972 Rare. Tan wraps, printed orange label pasted on front cover, 8 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches, unpaginated. Near fine. "Printed in the greatest available variety of type faces, to approximate the period being fantasied. If the use of Kennerly for most Roman faces, with the whilom admixture of Garamond or Century makes you ill, avert your eyes, or else hie thee to the nearest Goboon."(3214026). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine.
Straight Arrow Books; San Francisco, California; 1974., 1974 First edition. Hardcover with dustjacket. Black cloth-covered boards, 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, unpaginated, b/w illustrations. Book very near fine. Dustcover very good plus (price clipped; mild rubbing and edge wear). One of Steadman's best books. From the Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson: "There's a wild theme in Steadman's drawings: decadence, corruption, immorality. Obscenity in its broadest sense is another hallmark of the things that shock him. I think he sees all of America as a mockery of what it should be. He probably thinks it was doomed from the start. He has that King-George-III notion of America. A bunch of crude upstarts --- couldn't make it work. He works best when you put him in a situation where he's bordering on flipping out. During one of the intermissions [at the Watergate hearings], Ralph leaped up with a beer in his hand and knocked [Senator] Sam Ervin off his feet. When he comes over here and gets involved in these horrible scenes, Steadman has a way of becoming part of the story." ISBN 0879320796 (3214012). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.
Ty Llen, Swansea, 1998., 1998 First edition. Wraps with color illustrated front cover, 16 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches, 52 pp., numerous b/w drawings by Ralph Steadman. Near fine (mildly bumped lower spine end). "A lecture delivered at Ty Llen, Swansea on Thursday June 22nd 1995, by the Dylan Thomas Fellow, Adrian Mitchell, as part of the Dylan Thomas Month in the UK Year of Literature." ISBN 0953386503 (3214019). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine.
Summit Books, New York., 1988 First U.S. edition. Blue cloth-covered boards, gilt spine lettering, 12 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches, unpaginated. Book and dustcover fine. Recommended by both Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. ISBN 0671635050 (3214012). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.
Harcourt Brace, New York, 1992., 1996 Reddish brown cloth-covered boards, gilt spine lettering, 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches, 224 pp., index, profusely illustrated. Book and dustcover literally AS NEW. Dustcover in mylar. Text and illustrations by Ralph Steadman. A beautiful book. ISBN 0151002452 (3214005x4). 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New/As New.