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

Capote, Truman, In Cold Blood. New York: Random House, Inc., 1965. First edition, first printing. Signed by Capote. Original dust jacket. Housed in a custom-built archival clamshell case. 

This is a signed first edition printing of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This handsomely preserved example of the influential novel retains its original dust jacket that is now protected in mylar. The book was published by Random House in 1965. A nonfiction true crime book, In Cold Blood 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 a slightly different form in The New Yorker, before being officially published in 1965. This particular copy is signed on a free end paper in the front of the work and housed in a professionally constructed quarter leather clamshell case decorated with an inlaid picture of Capote and his black embossed facsimile signature. 

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.


Overall very good condition. This first edition, first printing of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood retains its original dust jacket and has no notable damage. The signature on the first free endpaper is clearly written in dark ink. The original dust jacket with the $5.95 price intact is in very good condition and protected by a mylar cover. This rare book is housed in a professionally built, archival clamshell case designed with quarter leather and cloth binding, an inlaid with a picture of Capote and his black embossed signature.

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