Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
First edition, first printing of Didion's first collection of essays. Perhaps Didion's most famous work, the essays capture the cultural and social upheaval of America in the 1960s. In the titular essay, Didion presents a grim, unvarnished view of the Haight-Ashbury district, contrasting the idealized counterculture with its darker, more chaotic realities.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968. Bound in publisher's red cloth spine, titled in gilt, over cloth boards decoratively embossed; pp. xviii, 238. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Binding remains tight and sturdy, minimal wear to boards, a bit of discoloration to board extremities. Internally clean with no markings. Jacket shows light shelfwear and rubbing, with a tear to front panel and to top of the front flap fold, spine a touch faded, faint dampstaining along the top of the back panel and flap folds, crease to front flap. Presents well, protected in archival mylar.