Steadman, Ralph. Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. First edition, first printing. Publisher's quarter black cloth and gray paper-covered boards, lettered in white to spine and stamped in blind to front board with Steadman's illustration; in the original white pictorial dust jacket designed by Susan Schwaab. About near fine with a gift inscription from 1973 to front pastedown; in a bright, unclipped and unfaded dust jacket with a few very faint creases, else fine. Originally published in Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the author's best known "failed but essentially noble experiment in Gonzo journalism," a literary genre that subjectively blends truth and fiction. The novel tells of the protagonist Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo as they travel on a drug-fueled, wild adventure "into the heart of the American Dream." The plot is loosely based on the author's actual adventures with American attorney and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta and is supplemented with Thompson's reflections on the 1960's counterculture movement. Ralph Steadman's iconic and grotesquely beautiful illustrations animate Thompson's bizarre journey, assisting the reader in picturing the novel's absurd events. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was adapted into a popular film of the same name, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, in 1998.