THOMPSON, Hunter S. Hell's Angels. A Strange and Terrible Saga.

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THOMPSON, Hunter S. Hell's Angels. A Strange and Terrible Saga. New York: Random House, 1967..

8vo., original black cloth, embossed in silver with an image of a man riding a motorcycle to upper board; backstrip lettered in red and silver with publisher's device to foot; with dust wrapper featuring the image of a biker to the upper panel; upper edge black, outer edge untrimmed; pp. [xi], 4-278, [ii]; small dent to upper board; a little bruised to spine ends; a near-fine copy, otherwise, in the very good jacket which is creased to edges, some minor tearing to foot now expertly repaired, and the colour restored.
First edition of this book concerning the notorious motorcycle gang on their tours around California.
Thompson's first published book which launched Thompson's career as a writer. Though he had by then published numerous articles for various journals and newspapers and was recognized as a journalist, the book was his first true exposure to a national audience. Reviews of the work were generally very positive and despite a poor performance on the publicity tour by Thompson, who was by his own admission drunk or exhausted for nearly every interview, the book sold relatively well.