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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


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 [Presentation Copy; Advance Uncorrected Proof]

Larry McMurtry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+ binding. Signed. This Presentation Copy is warmly inscribed by McMurtry to "a wonderful bookseller" (Jim Tenney, longtime owner of the Savile Bookshop in Washington). McMurtry calls this his "exhaustive epic". Lonesome Dove was the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. This uncorrected proof is indeed uncorrected with a typo on line 16 of page 621. Uncommon signed. Very Good+ binding.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Very Good+ binding
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Black Swan Books, Inc.
$950.00

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

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
$750.00

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

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985 Book. N-Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition/First Printing. A solid square tight carefully read copy. This copy has some pagedge soil, some veryyyyyyyyyyy slight curvature of the text block at the top of the spine, some rubbing wear to the spine area. The 18.95 jacket is a beautiful example with just a bit of light rubbing, light browning to the extremities. 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 virtually NONE of the lean and obvious wear usually associated with a book this size. A pretty nice copy of a great book. This copy has a gift inscription on the FFEP. Mis-spelled word on page 621, which is really not much of a point seeing as how it has never been corrected. Included with this copy is a VHS format version of the movie. The movie tapes are encased in a pictorial slipcase. This copy includes the signature of the author LAID..

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: N-Fine
  • Edition: First Edition/First Printing
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Pat Cramer, Bookseller
$674.50

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 Book. N-Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Later Printing. 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..

  • 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

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

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:

New York: Simon & Schuster, [1985].. Large thick octavo. Cloth and boards. First edition, first printing, with 'none' for 'done' at 621:16. The Pulitzer winning novel of its year. Top edge faintly dusty, read carefully once (perhaps), otherwise about fine in dust jacket.

  • Condition:
Sold by: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB
$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

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

NY: Simon & Schuster; (1985) Advance uncorrected proof, near fine in bright yellow wraps. Small closed tear, about 3/4", at the bottom of the spine/front cover joint. The spine is slightly sunned (to a shade or two lighter yellow color). There is a little minor soiling to the page edges. A tight, square copy of the earliest state of this Pulitzer Prize winner. First Edition. Soft Cover. Galley/Proof.

  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Tulsa Books
$375.00

Lonesome Dove

McMurtry, Larry

Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 0671504207 Second printing. Signed on the title page by author. Book has former owners names on first free end paper. Book also has a coffee stain on front edge. Book is tight and square. Dust jacket is price clipped first state. Jacket is near fine with one corner tear. Dust jacket in protective cover bright and clean. Pictures available. . Very Good.

Sold by: Garys Books
$375.00

Lonesome Dove; A Novel

McMurtry, Larry

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. 1st. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Bound in the publisher's original black quarter cloth and black paper over boards, spine stamped in gilt. First state with type error 'none' in place of 'done' on line 16 of page 621. First state dust jacket with $18.95 price. Winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize.

  • Published: 1985
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A.)
$370.00

Lonesome Dove

[Pulitzer Prize Winner] McMurtry, Larry

New York:: Simon & Schuster,, 1985. 0671504207. A Fine Copy in a Near Fine, bright, price-clipped dust jacket with just the slightest hint of fading to the spine. .

  • Published: 1985. 0671504207
  • Condition: A Fine Copy in a Near Fine, bright, price-clipped dust jacket with just the slightest hint of fading to the spine.
  • ISBN: 9780671504205
Sold by: Gregor Rare Books
$350.00