New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc., 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's navy blue cloth, spine stamped in white, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of the first authoritative account of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders committed by the Manson family in August 1969, the events leading up to them, and the subsequent investigation, by poet and founding member of the Fugs, Ed Sanders. In a contemporary review for the New York Times, rock critic Robert Christgau said: "The Family tells how an ambitious petty criminal focused some cunning amateur psychology on particularly vulnerable examples of the mass alienation of California's youth Bohemia, and created a 'family' of disciples bound together by a macabre synthesis of antisocial pathology and communal ideals.... The outline of this story has been known for quite a while – sometimes reliably, sometimes not. Ed Sanders has solidified it, filling in particulars and verifying rumors. Manson's close relationship with hip Hollywooders like record and television producer Terry Melcher and Beach Boy rock star Dennis Wilson, now minimized by the principals, is fully described. His occult connections are detailed. The crimes and their solutions are recounted with great care for sequence and consistency. Sanders's research occupied a year and a half of his life.... This work was extraordinarily difficult.... Since most of Manson's associates are partisans of violence, it was also dangerous.... It is only fitting that such a risk should produce such a terrifying book." With publisher's disclaimer regarding the libel suit brought against them by the Process Church in Chicago tipped to front free endpaper, as issued (disagreement exists as to whether this denotes first or just early issue, as it was ordered to be affixed to unsold copies prior to the book's revision omitting the allegedly libellous content, and it can be assumed that some copies came to market before the order came down). Vividly Warholian dust jacket and endpapers designed by Al Cetta, best known as a children's book designer. Lightest wear to base of spine, textblock embrowned as always; unclipped dust jacket with minimal creasing to base of spine and tiny closed tear to top edge of upper panel. Near fine. Item #1433