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0367 Free Fall in Crimson

November 10, 2012
  • Title: Free Fall in Crimson
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1981
  • Publisher: Harper & Row
  • ISBN-10: 0060148330
  • ISBN-13: 9780060148331
  • Cover Price: $10.95
  • Cover Artist: John Brautingan  Don Brautigan

This is the US hardcover first edition, which may or may not be the same as what is featured today on the Milk Carton. (Update (11/12/2012: It’s not. See below.)  I own this one, and it gives no publication date, although it does say “copyright 1981” (which means nothing), but everybody on the internet says this was printed in 1981 and everybody on the internet can’t be wrong, can they? Can they? But if so, why is there another version out there, also printed in 1981, and also with a John Brautingan Don Brautigan cover? You tell me.

Regardless, I like this very simple cover. If the hands were seen from the other side, this could be Travis’ view of the Climatic Moment of the story, which interestingly does not come at the end of the story, but they’re not, so the artist must be in free fall right in front of Travis, so why isn’t Trav clutching him in a useless straw-grabbing attempt to save his own life, which is what I would be doing. I guess Mr. McGee is too manly for that.

Update (08/23/2013): Corrected the artist name and added the cover price.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the above-mentioned US hardcover edition of Free Fall in Crimson, allegedly printed in 1981 by Collins with a cover by John Brautingan (ISBN-10 0002226073, ISBN-13 9780002226073). The University of Florida library has a copy of me but this blogger won’t see me until next year!

Update (11/12/2012): Found it! You can see it here.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2012 3:29 am

    I’ve got it… pictures coming to you now. I think the only difference may be on the verso page – this one says “First published 1981” instead of “copyright 1981”?

  2. November 11, 2012 3:32 am

    WAIT. I lie. Mine matches the ISBN and all the details, but the dust jacket is priced in pounds sterling. This is the UK first… perhaps the library record is slightly off?

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