New York; (1985): Random House. First Edition. Octavo. Item #026151
337pp. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. This was the work that Harold Bloom twice threatened to throw away before he came to recognize its preeminence among late 20th century writers. (He later wrote the introduction to the Modern Library edition). Today it is required reading in major university libraries though it was neglected when it first appeared on the market. The character of The Kid, the Judge, and John Glanton, the bloodthirsty leader, based on Chamberlain's My Confession. While based on the historic events, McCarthy has transformed the characters to an epic level where the images etched out have captured the darkness of that era of lawlessness along the Mexican border in an era where man's life was often in a Hobbesian state of nature where life was "nasty, brutish and short". Bound in 1/4 red cloth over red paper covered baords, spine lettering gilt with red foil rules, two very faint tape markings to front pastedown (so faint cannot be seen with camera) some soiling to top edge, in a handsome unclipped dust jacket with minute wear to corners and one tiny closed edge tear to upper edge of rear panel. no names or bookplates.