Signed first edition of Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien.
Octavo, 189pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. Stated first edition on copyright page, with no mentions of subsequent issues. Publishers first state dust jacket, fine, with $19.50 price on front flap and biography of John O’Brien on rear flap that notes: “John O’Brien was born in 1960 and married happily in 1979. He lives and writes in Los Angeles, California.” Book is signed by the author on the half title: “John O’Brien. 2 September 1992.”
Comments: John O’Brien committed suicide two weeks after learning that his novel would be turned into a movie. It was a critical and commercial success, with Nicholas Cage receiving a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. His wife in the movie, Elisabeth Shue, was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for best actress.