Larry McMurtry - In a Narrow Grave - First Edition, Second Printing in First State Dustjacket - $695

MCMURTRY, Larry. In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas.

Austin: The Encino Press, 1968. First Edition, Second Printing, in First State dustjacket. Mustard-colored cloth boards with title card on spine. 177pp. Conforms to all points: no edition statement or letter on copyright page, "skycrapers" misprint corrected on line 12 of page 105, dustjacket showing no price and with the "wtih" and "head" misprints in the fifth and final paragraphs, respectively. Unclipped dustjacket is clean and crisp with just some light rubbing to the top edges, but no chips, tears, or marks. Jacket also shows some light rubbing to top corner of front flap and a thin crease down spine, but is very nice overall. Boards are clean and square with some very light scuffs. Previous owner's brief gift inscription on front free endpaper, obscured by flap. Thin crease showing down the very edge of page 105/106. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked.

The author's first collection of non-fiction, the actual First Printing was apparently so plagued with typesetting errors that almost all copies were recalled and destroyed--various sources claiming that only around 15 or so copies survived--making this edition, (apart from the signed/slipcased edition, itself limited to 250 copies), as near a First Edition as most are likely ever to find, and of which this copy is a quite attractive example.

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