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First editions of Lonesome Dove at a glance
First published by:
Simon and Schuster
Place published:
New York
Year published:
1985

Lonesome Dove

By McMurtry, Larry



An epic story of two retired Texas Rangers on a cattle drive to Montana that is loosely basedon historic events from the 19th century, the original Lonesome Dove story was written to be a screenplay called "The Streets of Laredo.” The 1970s film was to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. However, due to casting issues, the movie was abandoned. Larry McMurtry later turned the Lonesome Dove script into a full-length Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The novel was later re-adapted to a four-part television miniseries starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, and Robert Urich.

First edition identification and notes

Published by Simon and Schuster in 1985 in black cloth, the copyright page of first editions of Lonesome Dove have a complete number line beginning with "1.” The first issue jacket has no statement of the Pulitzer Prize, and the text has an error on page 621, line 16 reading "none" instead of "done." However, this specific error has been noted in printings as recent as the 25th and is not necessarily considered a first edition point of issue.

Other collectible or notable editions

First editions signed by McMurty sells for upwards of $1,000.

  • Poetmaker : I am 64 years old and have read many books, but this novel takes the cow pie cake--so to speak. I could not put it down--it has consumed my days and nights with the most outstanding writing I have ever read. I almost wanted to scratch the palces he was describing--I felt the rope on my neck--the bug bites--smelled the smells the cowboys smelled--was happy when they were happy and ever so sad when the main characters were either killed or had to make a major decision. A must read for everyone who says the love to read. This is a novel one must take on their trip to Mars or down an isolated jungle trip. It will keep you company better than anything else you could take with you.
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Available copies: Lonesome Dove By McMurtry, Larry


The Lonesome Dove (4 Volumes)

McMurtry, Larry

Easton Press. New with no dust jacket. 2013. 1st Easton Press First Printing. New 4 volume Easton Press leather bound Lonesome Dove set. Leather bound with gold lettering and raised bands at spine, dsilk moire endpapers Gilt edged pages. Lonesome Dove is flat signed on title page. Carefuly wrapped and shipped. A magnificent set by the Pulizer Prize winning author, Larry McMurtry. 8vo 8" - 9" tall Collectible Signed by Author .

  • Published: 2013
  • Condition: New with no dust jacket
  • Edition: 1st Easton Press First Printing
Sold by: SVIRDEN BOOKS
$1,498.00

Lonesome Dove " Signed

McMurtry, Larry

1985. Hardback. Very Good Plus. First Edition. Eleventh Print. Signature only by author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The truly great American Classic. An excellent addition to your collection. The Dust jacket is protected with a Mylar cover. Books are packed and shipped in boxes.

Sold by: Bodacious Books
$1,299.95

Lonesome Dove

Mcmurtry, Larry

New York: Simon and Schuster. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY MCMURTRY on title page; winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. "McMurtry's affinity for the Western novel achieves a kind of apotheosis in this Pulitzer Prize-winning epic chronicle about an 1879 cattle drive from Texas to Montana... The book would be made into an acclaimed television mini-series and inspire a sequel, Streets of Laredo (1993), and the prequels Dead Man's Walk (1995) and Comanche Moon" (The Chronology of American Literature). New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. Thick octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.

  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: The Manhattan Rare Book Company
$1,250.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

Very clean, tight copy with lightest wear to black-cloth boards. Pictorial dustjacket shows no noteworthy flaws. Simon&Schuster New York 1985 1st Edition Hardback Cloth 8vo. 843 pp. 1st state of the 1st edition with "none" on page 621. Dustjacket price is $18.95. Signed by the author, without inscription, front free endpaper.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Very clean, tight copy with lightest wear to black-cloth boards. Pictorial dustjacket shows no noteworthy flaws.
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: 12th Street Books, ABAA
$1,000.00

Lonesome Dove

McMURTRY, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A lovely copy of this large and bulky book. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. for fiction in 1986. Lonesome Dove stands as McMurtry's finest work, a sweeping western, that was the basis for the highly-acclaimed miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. An epic story of two retired Texas Rangers on a cattle drive to Montana. Signed by McMurtry on the front free endpaper. Signed by the author.

  • Published: 1985
  • Edition: First edition, first printing
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Sawtooth Books
$950.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. A solid square tight carefully read copy. This copy has some pagedge soil, several small light stains to the pagedges, some light rubbing wear to spine area. The text block is slightly concave at the top of the spine, prox 1/4". The 18.95 jacket has some light rubbing wear, else fine. A Pulitzer winning novel and the basis for the movie/tv mini-series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones among many others. A monster size book at 840+ pages with none of the lean and obvious wear usually associated with a book this size. A very nice copy of a great book. The none/done printing error on page 621, a printing error that has never been corrected in later printings by the way, is there. A pretty nice copy. This copy also includes several newspaper articles about the book/TV program that have been clipped. In addition the TV movie in a previewed Blue-Ray version is included.. Signed by Author. First Edition/First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good +/N-Fine.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Very Good +
  • Edition: First Edition/First Printing
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Pat Cramer,Bookseller
$899.50

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. First edition of the author's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Larry McMurtry on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear. A very sharp example. A love story, an adventure, an American epic, Lonesome Dove embraces all the West- legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Set in the nineteenth century, it is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana and much more. It is a drive that represents for everybody involved not only a daring, even a foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream- the attempt to carve out the last remaining wilderness a new life. "Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true . . . These are real people, and they are still larger than life" (Nicholas Lemann, The New York Times Book Review).

  • Published: 1985.
Sold by: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB
$850.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster. 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Signed by the author on the fly leaf. 1985, First Printing, first state. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket; clean and unmarked. Digital images available upon request.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: First edition
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB
$850.00

Lonesome Dove (Signed 1st Printing)

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A superb copy in fine condition with a fine unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed by McMurtry on the golden front endpaper--signature only without any inscriptions. Almost impossible to find in this superb condition and with the older--more complete-- original signature by McMurtry and also-- without any inscriptions--just the signature. This is by far the loveliest copy we have seen of the first printing--absolutely near flawless condition. From an auction of modern first editions--with the auction tag laid into the book. No interior markings--clean and tight copy--no soiling to the page edges--none of the usual pronounced spine roll associated with this title because of the size of the book (843 pp). The dustjacket is unclipped--in fine condition with the proper price for the first printing (18.95). No pronounced sun toning to the spine dustjacket-- as is usually found. Full numberline on the copyright page (1-10)---all first printing points in place. This copy is a rare gem--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for McMurtry in 1985--and is what many consider to be the best Western ever written--and the basis for what many also consider to be the best television series ever produced. Protected in an archival acrylic acetate dustjacket covering and will be shipped Priority Mail in a protective box.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition 1st Printing
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Classic First Editions
$825.00

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry

Simon & Schuster, 6/13/1985. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Signed. First printing. Flat SIGNED by Larry McMurtry on the title page. Pages 29-34 are bent at the top corner and there is very light soiling on the top page edges. The unclipped dust jacket has gentle crinkling near the spine ends and is starting to show some age toning on the flap perimeters. The jacket is sleeved in mylar.

  • Published: 6/13/1985
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Trilby & Co. Books
$800.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 0671504207 First Print. Signed by the author on the title page. NOT inscribed, clipped or otherwise marked. Dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Complete # line 10987654321.First state dust jacket with price of $18.95. Meets all first printing points. . Very Good. 1985. 1st Edition.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Garys Books
$799.00

LONESOME DOVE

McMurtry, Larry

SIMON & SCHUSTER A FINE FIRST IN DJ. DOT ON BOTTOM SIGNED. . Signed. FIRST. FINE/Fine.

  • Condition: FINE
  • Edition: FIRST
Sold by: VAGABOND BOOKS
$725.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 0671504207 First Print. NOT inscribed, clipped or otherwise marked. Shipped in a box with a protective cover on dust jacket. Complete # line 10987654321. $18.95 price on dust jacket. Book meets all points for first printing. Book is as close to new looking. . Fine.

Sold by: Garys Books
$650.00

LONESOME DOVE. [Advance Uncorrected Proof]

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, (1985)., 1985 Advance Uncorrected Prooof of the First edition. Large 8vo, pp. 843, printed wrappers, with misprint "none" for "done" p. 621, line 16. A near fine copy of this bulky proof, [a light vertical spine crease] the wrappers bright yellow & clean. Scarce early state of this major novel - winner of the l986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, nominated for the 1986 Pen/Faulkner Award, basis of the highly-rated television series of the same name. A key McMurtry title.. 1st Edition.

  • Published: 1985
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: TBCL The Book Collector's Library
$485.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. A solid square tight carefully read copy. This copy has some very light pagedge soil, some veryyyyyyyyyyy slight curvature of the text block at the top of the spine else fine. The priced jacket is a nice example with some light soil else fine. A Pulitzer winning novel and the basis for the movie/tv mini-series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones among many others. A monster size book at 840+ pages with virtually none of the lean and obvious wear usually associated with a book this size. A very nice copy of a great book. Included with this copy is a set of DVDs...Lonesome Dove and Dead Man's Walk which have been previewed and an unopened DVD copy of Streets of Laredo. . Signed by Author. Later Printing. Hard Cover. N-Fine/N-Fine.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: N-Fine
  • Edition: Later Printing
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Pat Cramer,Bookseller
$449.50

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985 First edition, first issue with the error, "he had none nothing" on page 621, and with the $18.95 price on the jacket flap unclipped. 843pp. Black cloth-backed boards, gilt. Small library bookplate on front free end, minor scar to upper edge of rear endpaper, else a fine copy with perfect pictorial dust jacket. The author's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of the West, and the basis for the award-winning TV mini-series..

  • Published: 1985
Sold by: Argonaut Book Shop
$425.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. 843pp. Thick octavo [24 cm] 1/4 black cloth with black paper covered boards, and a gilt stamped title on the spine. Very good. The covers are very slightly warped, and the spine is a bit concave. There is a very small blue stain on the top edge of the text block. The spine ends and edges of the covers are just a little bumped. In a near fine dust jacket. Winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. This epic masterpiece is a novel of the American West as it really was. It is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana- and much more. From the dust jacket- "It is a drive that represents for everybody involved not only a daring, even a foolhardy, adventure, but a part of the American Dream- the attempt to carve out of the last remaining wilderness a new life."

Sold by: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA
$400.00

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and black paper covered boards. Owner signature on ffep. Book and unpriceclipped dust jacket are near fine. A wonderful copy of this McMurtry classic,. First Edition. Cloth Backed Paper Covered Bds. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Trade.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: The Title Page ABAA
$400.00

LONESOME DOVE

McMurtry, Larry

NY: SIMON & SCHUSTER.. Fine. 1985. First Edition. UNCORRECTED PROOF. Close to fine in plain yellow printed wrappers. (Couple of tiny nicks at edges of spine) Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the basis for the immensely popular television miniseries. .

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Waverley Books
$400.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 0671504207 Third printing. Book has minor wear. Dust jacket has some fading on front near spine hinge. SIGNED by the author on front end page. Signature only. A nice signed copy of McMurtry's classic book. ***PROMPT, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE!** . Very Good. 1985.

Sold by: The Book Files
$399.98