First edition of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy.
Octavo, 186pp. Creme cloth, title printed in black over red on spine. Top edge stained red. No additional printings indicated on copyright page. Light toning to endpapers, endpapers partially cracked at hinges but binding is solid. Dampstain along top edge of text block and upper corner of back cover, not affecting text. Light shelf wear to bottom edge of volume. Slight lean to text block. Clean text with no marks or notations. In publisher’s original dust jacket, retail price of $2.00 on back flap, toning to verso, light chipping along edges, spine edges rubbed, tears along spine professionally repaired with tissue, light soiling to back panel. A nice example of the author’s first book.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? was the basis for the 1969 film of the same name, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York and Gig Young.