Truman Capote (1966) ‘In Cold Blood’, UK first edition, first printing, published by Hamish Hamilton in 1966. Signed on the ffep by Capote with an inscription: “for Jim Oldroyd with all good wishes [Truman Capote]”. We are not sure who Jim Oldroyd was, but a search indicates that he was a mathematician. In addition the buyer will receive a US first edition, first printing copy of the book.
Condition: the signed UK first edition copy is in fine condition with no flaws whatsoever. The dust jacket is price clipped and has a tear on the front panel. Dust jackets, however, can be replaced, whereas this is the only signed UK first edition copy currently on the market.
The US first edition copy is in near fine condition, and the only flaws are a new price written over the printed price of 4 79 over the printed original price of USD 5.95 (see last picture), and the previous owner’s name written in very thin ink on the half-title page (barely visible).
‘In Cold Blood’ was first published in four parts in ‘The New Yorker’ beginning with the September issue. Random House published the first hardback issue in January 1966. The book is considered a landmark non-fiction book, or ‘non-fiction novel’. It was nominated for the Pulitzer but failed to win. The story of the quadruple murder in Holcomb, Kansas was researched together with the help of ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee. It was adapted for cinema for the first time in 1967, and once more as a TV-mini series in 2002. Capote’s research for the book was also shown in ‘Capote’ played by Philip Seymour Hoffman who won an Oscar for his role, and in ‘Infamous’ (2006).