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 #
Synopsis: Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author:
Winner of the National Book Award and the American Book Award, Peter Matthiessen is the author of over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Snow Leopard " (1978), "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (1965), "Far Tortuga" (1975), "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" (1992), and "Bone by Bone" (1999). Ilan Stavans teaches at Amherst College. He is the author of "The Hispanic Condition" (1995), "Art and Anger" (1996), and "The Riddle of Cantinflas" (1998), and editor of "The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays" (1997).
Title: KILLING MISTER WATSON: VOLUME ONE OF THE "...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Random House, 1990. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP11032805
Book Description Random House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87615837
Book Description Random House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3014842
Book Description Random House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96199727
Book Description Random House. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2774785597
Book Description Random House. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2774809147
Book Description Random House. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2776398753
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Bookseller Inventory # G0394554000I3N01
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0394554000I5N00
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0394554000I3N10