"The older the violin, the sweeter the music": First Edition of Lonesome Dove; Signed by Larry McMurtry

  • Lonesome Dove.
  • Lonesome Dove.

Lonesome Dove.

Item Number: 87424

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.

Third printing of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Larry McMurtry on the title page. Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Corsillo. Jacket painting by Shannon Stirnweis.

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). Basis for the television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. The novel was based upon a screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich and McMurtry, intended to star John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, but the film was never made after John Ford advised Wayne against it. The eventual television miniseries stars Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.