"California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains": First Edition of Hunter Thompsons celebrated first book Hells Angels; Signed by Him and Illustrator Ralph Steadman
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
Thompson, Hunter S. (Ralph Steadman).$9,800.00
Item Number: 99833
New York: Random House, 1967.
First edition of Thompson’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman on the half-title page, who illustrated both Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas among others. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph del Gaudio. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example of this title.
Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with energy and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye, as The New Yorker stated, "For all its uninhabited and sardonic humor, Thompsons book is a thoughtful piece of work." He captures in Hells Angels a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying America. "He has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never encounter. His language is brilliant, his eye remarkable" (The New York Times Book Review).