Harper & Brothers, 1961. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). The first novel by the author of LONESOME DOVE and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, a story which paints a realistic picture of "ranching Texas as it exists today." Basis for the film, HUD. Near Fine/Very Good -- a few spots of deep rubbing to the front dust jacket panel and two closed tears (one of which is repaired by tape on the reverse side). Crimping at the head and foot of the spine. Significantly, inscribed on the front free end paper by McMurtry in an early, very legible, hand, as follows: "For Larry Moskowitz. This elusive Book By someone I don't recognize. Best, Larry McMurtry." Moskowitz was a long-time book dealer who was a partner with Joseph the Provider for many years. Included with the book is an unrelated handwritten letter (in its original envelope) on McMurtry's business ("Booked Up") letterhead, which reads as follows: "14 Oct 03. Dear Mr. Loblolly (i.e., Moskowitz) Next Time you're in A C (i.e., Archer City) remind me to show you the 1st issue of item 145 in cat 21 -- one of which luckily I have. Best, L." Near Fine / Very Good.
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Simon and Schuster, 1975. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). The sixth novel by the author of LONESOME DOVE and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, the story of a "formidably charming" New Englander transplanted to Texas. Basis for the film. Near Fine/Near Fine -- slight rubbing to the boards and the usual light toning to the pages due to the cheap paper used in production. Signed "For "The Boys"" in an early (legible) hand by McMurty on the front free end paper. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
New York Graphic Society, 1965. Hard Cover. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). A story which was ghostwritten by Larry McMurtry (according to many sources), the story of a twelve-year-old girl who sets out in pursuit of a band of Apaches who kidnaped her mother. In the first issue (gray) dust jacket. Near Fine/Near Fine -- some rubbing to the dust jacket spine. Signed (without inscription) on the front free end paper, as follows: "Let me introduce you to the friendly Tejas Indians. Ophelia Ray." Fine / Dust Jacket Included.