In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, First Edition, First Printing with Original Dust Jacket, 1965

Capote, Truman, In Cold Blood. New York: Random House, Inc., 1965. First edition, first printing. Octavo, original black and white dust jacket.  

This is a first edition printing of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote in its original dust jacket. The book was published by Random House,  New York in 1965. This nonfiction true crime book was simultaneously printed out of both New York and Toronto, Canada in the first year of its publication. The contents of this book first appeared in The New Yorker in a slightly different form before being officially published in 1965. This book's dust jacket was manufactured by the H. Wolf Manufacturing Co. in New York and designed by Tere Loprete.  The previous owner of the book, Dr. Paul Pearlunette, signed the book on the front endpaper.

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924. He was educated in both New York and Connecticut and worked in the Art Department of The New Yorker. He reached his peak of literary success with In Cold Blood, in which he combined the dialogue and narrative of a novel with the truth of a nonfiction piece. Capote learned of the ‘quadruple murder,’ a true crime that was committed in Kansas, by reading about it in The New York Times. Before the killers were caught, Capote traveled to Kansas with childhood friend Nelle Harper Lee in order to compile first-hand testimonies and investigator notes from the crimes.

Capote spent six years developing the story told of In Cold Blood by combining various accounts from the incidents into a cohesive crime story. The work was an instant success after publishing, and was read by critics as a pioneering example of true crime literature.


This first edition copy includes its original dust jacket, which is in good condition with only slight wear visible on the corners. There are deckle edges and a black painted top edge. 

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