Grann, David. THE LOST CITY OF Z: A TALE OF DEADLY OBSESSION IN THE AMAZON. New York City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Grann's "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon". The author's breakthrough and masterpiece. "In April of 1925, a legendary British explorer named Percy Fawcett launched his final expedition into the depths of the Amazon in Brazil. His destination was the lost city of El Dorado, the City of Gold, an ancient kingdom of great sophistication, architecture, and culture that, for some reason, had vanished. Fawcett, the last of the great Victorian adventurers, was financed by the Royal Geographical Society in London, the world's foremost repository of research gathered by explorers. Fawcett, then age 57, had proclaimed for decades his belief in the City of Z, as he had nicknamed it. His expeditionary force consisted of three men: Himself, his 21-year-old son Jack, and one of Jack's friends. Fawcett believed that only a small group had any chance of surviving the horrors of the Amazon. He had seen large forces decimated by malaria, insects, snakes, poison darts, starvation, and insanity. He and his two companions would travel light, carry their own supplies, eat off the land, pose no threat to the natives, and endure months of hardship. They were never seen again. The great mystery of what happened to Fawcett has never been solved, perhaps until now. In 2004, David Grann discovered the story while researching another one. Soon, he became obsessed with the legend of the colorful adventurer and his baffling disappearance. Grann soon found himself in the jungles of the Amazon. What he found there, some 80 years after Fawcett's disappearance, is the startling conclusion to his absorbing narrative. A riveting, exciting, and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure" (John Grisham). The basis of the brilliant film adaptation by James Gray, with career-defining performances by Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson. An absolute "must-have" title for David Grann collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver pen-marker on the title page by David Grann. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the lovely 2018 Chicago Humanities Festival Book Souvenir during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2017 for "Killers of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth of The FBI". One of the most brilliant American writer/journalists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID GRANN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385513534. $150.00

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