Custom Portfolio of “In Cold Blood” New Yorker Magazine Set - 1965
ANNALS OF CRIME: IN COLD BLOOD: THE NEW YORKER SEPT. 25 – OCT. 16, 1965 (FOUR ISSUES). Capote, Truman. New York: New Yorker Magazine, 1965. First Edition. The first appearance of Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” 4to. Various paginations. Color and black & white illustrations. This set was acquired from a bookseller in Kansas who reported they had purchased the set from one of the detectives who worked on the murder case. A near fine set in the original wrappers.
Each of four magazines has been hand-sewn into custom made wrappers of heavy Japanese paper, double-lined in a red and black motif, with each issue’s cover foil-stamped—each letter by hand—bearing the title of each issue’s “chapter” of In Cold Blood, along with the book title and The New Yorker facsimile logo on the spine of a customized clamshell box, which has been lined with scarlet Japanese silk and fastened at the clasp with red satin ties. Overall a breathtaking presentation achieved with museum-quality conservation standards, ensuring your set of these fine first edition magazines will be prized for generations.
“One of the more distinguished achievements in reportage by any writer, In Cold Blood first appeared serially in The New Yorker, where it examined with extraordinary depth, precision, and drama the victims and their killers. So immense was the stress of the editorial undertaking, however, that Capote became addicted to tranquilizers and developed an ernotional attachment to the criminals, whose deaths by hanging he witnessed at the Kansas State Penitentiary. From more than four thousand pages of typewritten notes gathered with Harper Lee, Capote’s celebrated ‘non-fiction novel’ won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and exacted enough of a psychological toll upon its author to preclude much sustained work in the future.” (American National Biography)