Publication: New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1946,
First edition thus. Limited to 1500 numbered and signed copies. A Merle Armitage book. Inscribed by Merle Armitage on dedication page in 1948. Newspaper clipping of Santa Fe laid-in. Set in Santa Fe in 1937. It describes a twelve-hour period, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., where characters from diverse backgrounds meet and interact in the blocks surrounding the Plaza and at Cielo Azul, a little cantina located on Burro Alley. The characters include Floriano, the town drunk; Amador Vigil, a gay male prostitute; Mrs. Tulsa, the alcoholic floozy wife of an oil-rich Oklahoma Indian; Max the Mauler, a prizefighter and killer on the lam; John Lackland, who is hitchhiking to the west coast to catch a freighter to India; various artists, collectors, and musicians from New York who are all staying at the upscale “La Paloma” hotel; in a addition to a host of other visitors and locals. Fine without dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 7426