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ESCOBAR, Pablo.

Pablo Escobar Gaviria en caricaturas 1983-1991.

Availability: In stock

Published: [Medellín, Colombia Privately printed], 1992

Stock Code: 125627

£7,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First and sole edition of a book shrouded in myth: accounts of its legendary rarity regularly circulate but according to Escobar biographer James Mollison 500 copies were printed, which Escobar sent out as presents to family and friends, "usually with a word of thanks" (The Memory of Pablo Escobar, 2007). "During his stay in La Catedral, an illustrator friend of Escobar's nicknamed 'Guezu' came up with the idea of putting together a book of all the cartoons dedicated to Escobar since he gained notoriety as a politician in 1982" (ibid.). In a 2005 interview with the newspaper El Tiempo de Bogotá, Eliana Cadavid Escobar, wife of Escobar's nephew Nicholas, stated that after Escobar's escape from La Catedral "the family burned almost all the books". Stories abound that as few as ten copies survived this conflagration; certainly no copies appear on OCLC, although apparently two survive in institutions, at the Museo del Oro in Bogotá and another at the Casa Museo Otraparte in Envigado, where Escobar grew up.

Self-published while Escobar was confined in his absurdly luxurious private prison of La Catedral, built to his own specifications and overlooking Medellín, the publication of this book was an act of defiance towards the Colombian government and an indication of their inability to prevent Escobar's activities even when incarcerated. It includes information on the origin and development of cocaine, including facsimiles of documents ratified by former government officials showing the acquisition of the cocoa seed, leading to the "cocaine bonanza" that swept the world, and an essay by Enrique Gomez Mejia entitled "Gobierno importó la coca a Colombia" (Government imported coca to Colombia). The colophon leaf reads "Este libro se termino de imprimir el dia 2 de junio de 1991", a month before Escobar "escaped" from La Catedral.

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Description

Quarto (230 x 198 mm). Original padded binding of brown faux leather, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, facsimile signature and fingerprint to front cover, pale blue speckled endpapers. With the original brown card case (embossed with the same cover facsimile).

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout with reproductions from photographs and cartoons (4 in colour).

Condition

Box showing signs of handling and torn at one corner, spine with slight abrasions to head and small area of glue residue, foxing to top edge of book block extending onto head of margins (occasionally touching contents), otherwise a very good copy in the original box and with a card laid in (bearing the embossed facsimile signature and fingerprint of Escobar)

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