The Crossing

BY Cormac McCarthy
Book Information1/1/0/US/AF/1994/c.200,000  •  220x152x6  •  646 

This is "The Crossing", the second book of Cormac McCarthy's "Border Trilogy" published by Alfred Knopf in 1994. It is the longest of the three books, and the publisher, boosted by the brisk sales of "All the Pretty Horses", was optimistic enough to go for a 200,000 first printing run. I guess the book sold well, but it was not as well received as its predecessor, and never made finalist to the major US literary awards.

This is the first edition first printing hardbound version with first state dust jacket that is unclipped, showing the correct price of $23.00. The book is bound in black board and black clothed spine with gilt lettering, gilt "CM" on the front board, and red topstain. The copyright page should state "First edition". Interestingly, this book does not have a "A Note on the Type" page at the end of the book unlike the two other titles in the trilogy.

This book is not particularly rare and a VG copy can be purchased from eBay or Abebooks, at around $50. This is a VG+ copy with a VG+ dust jacket that is slightly sunned and a NF book that is tight and clean.

There are two official signed copy (i.e., publisher issued) for this first edition. The first is a 1,000-copy special signed edition for the friends of the author and publisher with a signed tipped in page stating so. Then there are copies with a signed tipped in page but without the statement. Both sell for $450 onwards.


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