This is a first hardcover edition of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. I think this is arguably Thompson's most important book, as it expands the gonzo approach of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into the political realm, a place he remained throughout the rest of his career. All of the subsequent "Gonzo Papers" books lived in this world: they were less about the drugs and more about politics and contemporary culture.
This was published in 1973 by Straight Arrow Books (a short-lived publisher associated with Rolling Stone that compiled a number of long-form, serialized articles) and was illustrated by the great Ralph Steadman. (curiously, Straight Arrow also published some books by Oscar Zeta Acosta -- "Dr. Gonzo" of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fame).
The book is in decent condition. While there are a lot of losses around the edge of the jacket, it still boasts a tight binding (althought slightly tilted) with no damages or marks visible to the actual book.
My biggest woe is the sun damage on the spine; compare the colors of the skull on the spine to those on the cover. It's surprisingly tough to find old books that have vibrant jackets. Tangentially related: I've been on the hunt for a 1st/1st of Thomas Pynchon's V. and am shocked at how many sun-faded spines are out there! Sometimes I think someone with the same tastes as me, fifty years ago, had a library/solarium combo...
Also worth a note: the mythical Screwjack "Cyclops Owl" makes an appearance in the book's front matter. Those interested can check out the comments thread here for a bit of a discussion on the beast.
The Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen
Currently listening to:
"Loin des Hommes" by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis