"The older the violin, the sweeter the music": First Edition of Lonesome Dove; Signed by Larry McMurtry
Item Number: 4570
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
First edition of McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Larry McMurtry on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Corsillo. Jacket painting by Shannon Stirnweis. A very sharp example.
A love story, an adventure, an American epic, Lonesome Dove embraces all the West- legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Set in the nineteenth century, it is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana and much more. It is a drive that represents for everybody involved not only a daring, even a foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream- the attempt to carve out the last remaining wilderness a new life. "Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true . . . These are real people, and they are still larger than life" (Nicholas Lemann, The New York Times Book Review). Both John Milius and John Huston each attempted to adapt the novel into a feature film before Suzanne De Passe and Bill Wittliff decided to adapt the novel as a mini-series. It was then made into the four-part TV miniseries, which won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for twelve others. It spawned four follow-up miniseries, Return to Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo, Dead Man's Walk, and Comanche Moon, and two television series, Lonesome Dove: The Series and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.