"California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains": First Edition of Hunter Thompson’s celebrated first book Hell’s Angels; Signed by Him

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Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

Item Number: 4280

New York: Random House, 1967.

First edition of Thompson’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson on the half-title page. 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, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work." He captures in Hell’s 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).