Signed limited edition, copy #250 (nice round number!) of 300 numbered copies. As new in quarter leather binding over marbled boards. In publisher's cloth covered slipcase; facsimile McCarthy signature in gilt on front cover. I bought this book new, never read it, and it has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. Beautiful book. You'll be hard pressed to find a better copy! Size: 5-3/4" x 8-1/2". Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: This is volume three of "The Border Trilogy". In "Cities of the Plain", two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing beyond recognition. In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn again and again, in this story of friendships and passion, to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable."In a lovely and terrible landscape of natural beauty and impending loss we find John Grady; a young cowboy of the old school, trusted by men and horses, and a fragile young woman, whose salvation becomes his obsession...McCarthy makes the sweeping plains a miracle" - "Scotsman". "This haunting, deeply felt novel completes one of the literary masterworks of the 1990s" - "Daily Telegraph". "The completed trilogy emerges as a landmark in American literature" - "Guardian".
Review: On a ranch in southeastern Texas, soon after World War II, a group of solitary, inarticulately lonely men gathers to work animals as the sun sets for good on the mythic American West. All of these men nurse losses both personal (siblings or wives) and collective (a shared lifestyle and philosophy). Among them is John Grady Cole, the adolescent hero of the first book in Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy, All the Pretty Horses. John Grady remains the magnificent horseman he always was, and he still dreams too much. On the ranch, he meets Billy Parham, whose own tragic sojourn through Mexico in The Crossing, the second book of the set, continues to quietly suffocate him. The two form a friendship that will nurture both but save neither from the destiny that McCarthy's characters always sense lurching to meet them.
Soaked in storm-heavy atmosphere but brightened by the ranch-hands' easy camaraderie and gentle humor, Cities of the Plain surprises with its sweetness. The awkward doomed-romance plot at the center of this tight, concise novel fails to convince, but, remarkably, does little to undercut the book's impact. What lingers here, and what matters, are the brooding, eerie portraits of the plains and the riders, glimpsed mostly alone but occasionally leaning together, who slip across them, over the horizon into memory. --Glen Hirshberg
Title: Cities of the Plain
Publisher: B. E. Trice
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Edition: Limited First Edition.
Book Description B.E. Trice, New Orleans, LA, 1998. First Edition. First Edition. Quarter leather, gilt titles, marbled boards. One of 300 numbered copies (this being No. 180) SIGNED by the author. The third and final volume in the author's "Border Trilogy."Fine in publisher's slipcase, still in publisher's shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # 134179
Book Description B E Trice Pub, U.S.A., 1999. Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as issued). NA (illustrator). First Edition. One of 300 numbered copies (this being No. 12) SIGNED by the author. The third and final volume in the author's "Border Trilogy.", McCarthy's award-winning and best-selling trio of novels, The Border Trilogy, constitutes a genuine American epic. The young men in these novels come of age on Southwestern ranches in the 1930's, while across the border, Mexico beckons them with its desolate beauty and the cruel promise of a place where dreams are paid for in blood. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the trilogy "An American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century" and the Chicago Tribune exclaimed, "Make a place on your bookshelf. If you love classic narrative, quest stories, adventure stories of high order transformed by one of the lapidary masters of contemporary American fiction, now is your hour of triumph." Fine in publisher's slipcase. Size: 8vo. Signed. Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 59696
Book Description Knopf, New York, 1998. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Limited. 8vo, leather backed marbled boards. New Orleans: Trice 1998. Limited First Edition. Volume Three of The Border Trilogy. Number 50 of 300 signed copies. Fine in publisher's cloth slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 234985
Book Description B.E. Trice, USA, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Limited Edition. First Edition/First Printing, As New and unread book in matching slipcase. Quarterbound black leather spine over marbled boards. One of 300 signed and numbered limited edition copies. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 008693
Book Description B. E. Trice, New Orleans, 1998. Leather Bound. Book Condition: Fine +. N/a (illustrator). Deluxe. Limited Deluxed Edition of which this is #12 of 50. Three quaters leather with marbled boards. Brown leather with gold embossing. In brown slipcase with gold embossing. Signed on limited edition page. Raised spine with gold embossing. #67647 Size: 8v0. Signed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 67647