London: Picador, 1998. First hardcover edition. Preceded by the paperback original in 1991. A Fine copy of the book, just very slightly cocked, in a nearly Fine dust jacket with light crinkling at the top of the spine, but generally in excellent condition.
Ellis’ controversial and widely praised third novel, a first person account of the shocking descent into madness and violence of investment banker Patrick Bateman, set in the late 1980s. Vintage had to purchase the rights to the book from the original publisher Simon and Schuster after they declined to release it, and a hardcover edition of the novel for the United States was not available until 2012, nearly 21 years after the book was first printed. (And so the UK edition is the earliest hardcover edition of the book.) The book’s sale is still restricted in many countries only to those 18 years of age and older. “American Psycho” would later be adapted into a hit film, starring Christian Bale. “American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel which revolves about its own nasty bits. Brilliant.” (Contemporary review from The Guardian) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1807)