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Tosches, Nick. THE LAST OPIUM DEN. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 75 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of Nick Tosches' finest achievements, it is now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a "pocket book", small-size-format hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Nick Tosches' "The Last Opium Den". A gem of a book, and quite possibly, his masterpiece. Widely praised as the contemporary (and American) response to Thomas De Quincy's great classic, "Confessions of An English Opium-Eater", it originally appeared in its entirety in Vanity Fair Magazine's September 2000 Issue, one of VF's greatest coups. "Nick Tosches trades Civilization And Its Discontents for the possibility of one moment of pure bliss. Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, he goes in search of something everyone else tells him no longer exists: An opium den. From Europe to Hong Kong to Thailand to Cambodia, he hunts the Big Smoke, bewildered by its elusiveness and despite the meaning it continues to evoke as a cultural touchstone, its alleged extinction. Weaving his spiritual and hallucinogenic quests together with inimitable, razor-sharp prose, Tosches' trip becomes a deeper meditation on what true fulfillment is, and why no one bothers to look for it any more" (Publisher's blurb). You do not have to be taking them (although reading about Tosches' experiences can be life-changing) to realize that The War on Drugs is, in reality, the state's and society's stupid war on personal happiness and fulfillment. An absolute "must-have" title for Nick Tosches collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Nick Tosches. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings even if the dealers do not say so. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 158234227X. $100.00

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