"A desperate and important book, a wired nightmare." So says the book critic from The New York Times about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the most well-known and read of Hunter S. Thompson's repertoire. What starts as an assignment from Sports Illustrated to cover the Mint 400 desert race near Las Vegas, Nevada, turns into a drug-fueled romp detailed by Thompson and illustrated by Rolling Stone Magazine's Ralph Steadman. Travel journalism at its finest, and frankly, they both didn't travel that far at all, and to a different series of universes at the same time. This is the 1971 first edition, first printing hardcover edition of the book. Here's how it happened. In November 1971, Rolling Stone published Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, a two-part article with illustrations by Steadman. Recognizing it was a hit, the New York publisher, Random House, pumped out a hardcover edition that year, within weeks. Our copy is a first edition: The inside cover states "First Edition" along with a number line having '2' as its lowest number and no additional printings listed. Cool.