New York: Random House, 1965. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's burgundy cloth, spine stamped in silver and gilt, upper board gilt, top edge stained black, burgundy endpapers, original two-tone printed dust jacket.
"Once a thing is set to happen, all you can do is hope it won't. Or will – depending. As long as you live, there's always something waiting, and even if it's bad, and you know it's bad, what can you do? You can't stop living." Stated first printing of Capote's bestselling non-fiction novel, recounting the murder of a family of four in rural Kansas and the subsequent prosecution and execution of the two killers. Illustrated with a haunting frontispiece photocollage of Richard Eugene Hickock's and Perry Edward Smith's eyes. Unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, approximately 1" split to upper flap fold, moderate soiling. A good copy of Capote's true crime classic. Item #1304