The Hunter Thompson Bangkok first editionPosted: December 3, 2011
In my book life, a few choice finds have come into my hands. One was a pristine first edition of Dharma Bums, two were the first privately printed translations of Cold Mountain and Stonehouse by Red Pine, a few were signed D.T. Suzuki books, but by far, the best discovery was this Hunter Thompson book, a hardback first edition of Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. That would have been good enough for me, but when I turned to the first page what did I see but a nicely filled out dedication to “Doug” talking about their meeting in Bangkok, an exchange of “acid,” and a promised reunion in Colorado. Ok, I was lucky, but the book found its way to me as it should have––because I had just completed a story about Hunter’s stay in Vientiane, Laos, and the book dedication he wrote came either just before or after his visit there. See “Hunter Thompson in Laos” under my “On the Record” listing. What can I say: luck, yes, but the book found its rightful home resting on my bookshelf, at least for now. After a short while, I will sell it so it can roam the world. If anyone is interested, please get in touch.