Born Under a Bad Sign.
First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the title page: “Ralph Steadman, Owl Farm, Woody Creek. HST Memorial Blast-Off. 20th August 2005.” Steadman were attending the private funeral of his long-time collaborator Hunter S. Thompson, at which Thompson’s ashes were packed into firework casings and blasted from a cannon mounted on top of a 47 meter high monument, accompanied by firework and music. Palmer, a noted British director, has written several books and numerous pieces for various periodicals, including The New York Times, The Spectator, and The Observer. In this, his first book, Palmer “takes a penetrating look at the mood of young people at the beginning of the seventies” (front flap blurb). With tipped-in errata note on page 59.
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Tall quarto. Original black boards, titles to spine gilt, pictorial endpapers. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a black cloth solander box with black morocco label to spine. With illustrated endpapers and 13 full-page illustrations by Ralph Steadman. A fine copy in an excellent dust jacket with a few small nicks and creases to extremities and a minor chip to tail of spine.