New York, Evanston, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1971. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 212pp. Octavo [22 cm] 1/2 turquoise blue cloth with matching paper over boards. Light bumping and rubbing to extremities; mild slant to spine; bookseller's ticket on the front pastedown. In a dust jacket, with minor rubbing, several faint scratches, and a very discreet 1" slash to the surface of the front panel. In a green cloth covered slipcase. Very good / very good. Item #60095
Second published mystery by the acclaimed author, and one of the author's few books not in the Leaphorn and Chee series.
With a custom full-page original color drawing on the half-title by Navajo artist Ernest Franklin (signed by Franklin at the foot). Hillerman and Franklin collaborated to produce a number of Hillerman/Franklin limited editions. This title is not a title that one commonly finds illustrated by Franklin, with custom editions having been done in only small numbers.
Hillerman's scarce second book. Signed by Hillerman on the title page.