San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2010. Pettibon, Raymond. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 91 of 400, quarto size, 233 pp., signed by Raymond Pettibon, with prospectus and bookmark. Fine. Item #18082702
Jim Thompson (1906-1977) is best known for his hardboiled crime fiction, with works such as "The Killer Inside Me" and "Savage Night"; "South of Heaven", one of his lesser known books, is the gripping and somewhat autobiographical story of workers on an oil pipeline, and, like much of Thompson's fiction, is pulled from his own experiences. Arnold Hano (b. 1922), an American writer best known for his non-fiction work "A Day in the Bleachers", and a longtime friend and editor of Thompson, writes in the introduction to the Arion Press edition: "What Upton Sinclair did to the meat-packing workers, Thompson does to oil pipeline workers. [The book] has cold-blooded murder and cold-blooded deaths that are not criminal, at least not by the usual standards of jurisprudence. Men die on the pipeline. That is their fate, in a world indifferent to that fate." Although Thompson never gained much recognition for his writing during his lifetime, he is now seen as one of the major writers of crime fiction.
Included in this edition are forty-four drawings by Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957), best known for illustrating album covers and posters for the punk rock band scene in southern California; his work is exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Whitney Museum. Here, his illustrations offer a raw tangibility to Thompson's prose, a visceral accompaniment to this compelling and sympathetic story of people engaged in incredibly dangerous work.
___DESCRIPTION: Full black cloth with red paper paste-downs with explosion design cut out on the front and back boards, red paper spine label with black lettering, fore- and bottom edges uncut, red endpapers, forty-four illustrations (unnumbered) by Raymond Pettibon printed double-sided on red paper throughout; Pabst Old Style type, German mouldmade Schiller paper, quarto size (12" by 9"), pagination: [1-4] 5-183 [184-188] [1 colophon], one of 400 copies, this number 91, signed by Raymond Pettibon on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the prospectus, two pages each folded once, with an illustration by Pettibon printed on red paper, as well as a bookmark, "for Arion Press subscribers", printed on red paper with black lettering.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The prospectus and bookmark are fine also, clean and without wear.
___CITATION: Arion Press Catalogue no. 90.
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