KILLING MISTER WATSON: VOLUME ONE OF THE "SHADOW COUNTRY" WATSON TRILOGY - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Peter Matthiessen - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Matthiessen, Peter

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1st Printing. Signed. 372 pages. Published in 1990. The first novel-installment in the Watson trilogy. One of Peter Matthiessen's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Published in a small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Peter Matthiessen's "Killing Mister Watson". Volume One of what has been definitively described as "one of the grand projects of contemporary literature". Drawing from the vestigial historical record, mostly tantalizing fragments, Matthiessen recovers, re-imagines, and re-tells the story of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur, outlaw, and murderer in the Florida Everglades at the turn of the 20th century. Widely feared, he was shot and killed ("pulverized with 91 gun shots") by a conspiracy of people who knew him and grudgingly, as it were, admired him. Written in deep, long breaths, in soaring, lyrical prose, each volume of the Watson Trilogy is a "stand-alone" achievement that will endure. In his old age and deteriorating health (the inevitable enervation of lifelong physical voyages that both Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, his precursor-writers, would have envied and admired), Matthiessen revisited and reworked his trilogy into a new, one-volume rendering, "Shadow Country" (2008). After a year-long struggle with cancer, Peter Matthiessen died on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Matthiessen collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Peter Matthiessen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies available online are, the result of flooding by the publisher with signed tipped-in pages and bookplates. Matthiessen's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, flowing, and elegant. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Among the Watson Trilogy novels, "Killing Mister Watson" is the most difficult to find both signed and in fine condition. Please check out our other signed copies of the volumes in the Watson Trilogy, which are similarly signed, and would make a great set. Please note: Most copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER MATTHIESSEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394554000. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: KILLING MISTER WATSON: VOLUME ONE OF THE "...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House

Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.

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