Publication: Lion Books, 1953, New York
First edition. PBO, Lion 149. Top corners of four interior pages neatly smoothed, else a fine, bright copy in color pictorial wrappers with the yellow edge-staining bright and even, and no trace of tanning to the pages. The fifth of Thompson's paperback original novels, a compulsively readable piece of self-mythology which takes the reader on a ride through Thompson's life growing up in the seedy underbelly of the American West. "Burlesque hawker, drunk, bootlegger - drifter, bellhop, gambler, steeplejack, oil hand, and two-fisted brawler - all before he was old enough to vote" (from rear wrapper). Dust jacket art by Mort Kunstler. An exceptional copy.
Inventory Number: 42463