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McCARTHY, Cormac.

Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in The West.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York Random House, 1985

Stock Code: 124987

£18,500
signed
OR On display in Exhibit

Notes

First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close personal friend, the writer and radical environmentalist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) on the half-title, "For Ed, With all best wishes, Your friend Cormac". Blood Meridian, McCarthy's fifth book and widely recognised as his masterpiece, was his first major literary success. Abbey wrote to congratulate him in a note dated 15 June 1986, "Have just read Blood Meridian. A beautiful terrible splendid book. You must have made a compact with the Judge Hisself to write such a book. I envy you your powers, salute your achievement, and dread not a little for the safety of your soul" (quoted in Crews, p. 51).
Inscribed copies of McCarthy's books are very rare, and to encounter a copy inscribed to a fellow author is extremely unusual. McCarthy was well-known for his "general disdain for the literary world as well as the professional and social circles that writers of his caliber often inhabit" (Hage, p. 20), making this association, linking two of the major literary figures of the Southwest, an exceptional one. The author's "long history of shunning the literary world extends to other writers, and McCarthy seems to prefer the company of scientists and researchers. The one exception was his long friendship with nature writer and novelist Edward Abbey While Abbey and McCarthy share little in common stylistically, their general distrust of authority and almost religious reverence for the natural world seemed to provide a powerful bond. Shortly before Abbey's death, the two men concocted (though reportedly never acted on) a plan to secretly reintroduce Mexican Grey Wolves into their former range in the American Southwest" (Spurgeon, p. 14). In a letter written two weeks after Abbey's death, McCarthy noted of his friend, "I think he came across in his writing as something of a curmudgeon but he was a kind and a generous man - qualities, sad to say, not common to writers" (in Crews, p. 50).
This copy is one of the free copies given to the author, with the publisher's flaw of three leaves pasted together at the rear. It is accompanied by photocopies of five autograph letters from McCarthy to Abbey between 1986 and 1988.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth-backed red boards, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.

Condition

A little foxing to top edges of text block, three pages glued to rear pastedown (publisher's flaw), else a near-fine copy in the bright jacket, 10 mm short closed tear to top of front joint, flaps lightly toned.

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