First edition, first printing of The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage.
Octavo, 276pp. Orange cloth, title stamped in black on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Faint dust remnant along top edge of text block, free of any marks or notations, solid text block. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $5.95 on front flap, bright illustrations, trace of shelf wear, evidence of handling at top edge of spine, a bright near fine example.
The Power of the Dog was first issued in 1967 to rave reviews by The New York Times, but received limited commercial success. It was reissued in 2001 by Little, Brown & Company, with a new afterword by Annie Proulx. In 2019, it was announced that Jane Campion would write and direct a film adaptation of the book, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes in 2022, winning Best Director at the Oscars and Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.