“I felt a tremendous distance between myself and everything real": First Edition of The Rum Diary; Signed by Hunter Thompson

  • The Rum Diary.

The Rum Diary.

Item Number: 2344

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

First edition of the author’s only published novel. Octavo, original black half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed in full by Hunter S. Thompson.

The manuscript of The Rum Diary, begun in 1959, was later discovered amongst Thompson's papers by Johnny Depp. The story involves a journalist named Paul Kemp who, in the 1950s, moves from New York to work for a major newspaper, The Daily News, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was later adapted to film, directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Johnny Depp.