New York: Random House, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth over red paper covered boards, spine stamped in red and gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of novelist Cormac McCarthy's quasi-Faulknerian masterpiece, a grim anti-Western that tracks a teen runaway's involvement with a savage band of bounty hunters in the Mexican-US borderlands during the mid-19th century. "The way of the world is to bloom and to flower and die but in the affairs of men there is no waning and the noon of his expression signals the onset of night. His spirit is exhausted at the peak of its achievement. His meridian is at once his darkening and the evening of his day." Stated first edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom from 1976 onwards. Light foxing to endpapers and edges of textblock; unclipped dust jacket with tiny abrasion to upper panel. Near fine. Item #5189