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oscar "zeta" acosta • the autobiography of a brown buffalo • lost modern classic from 1972

Oscar Zeta Acosta — The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo
Oscar Zeta Acosta - The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Tangerine Press
  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

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“The fucking book is true. That is the weird point that seems to escape all of you.”

Most famously depicted as the pill-popping lawyer Dr Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s wild, moving first book, originally published in 1972, reveals a man of astonishing variety. Mr Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ILAN STAVANS
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, USA.

ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
The paperback front cover features an image of Mr Acosta by the legendary photographer. This image is also bound into the limited editions.

RALPH STEADMAN
Specially commissioned artwork by the legendary Welsh artist. Lettered copies only.

MARCO ACOSTA
The author's son has written an uncompromising afterword for this new edition, including unique anecdotes about HST and also Benicio Del Toro.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON
A reprint of Mr Thompson's introduction to the 1989 reissue.

AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS:

PAPERBACK NOT TO BE SOLD IN USA/CANADA

Paperback £12

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Numbered £50

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Lettered/signed/artwork £***

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First printing

£12 plus shipping

240 pages. Format approx. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers and text paper; full colour title page; light grey acid-free endpapers. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-30-4

Front cover photo by ANNIE LIEBOVITZ

* PAPERBACK NOT TO BE SOLD IN USA/CANADA

100 Numbered copies

RRP £50 plus shipping

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE £40 plus shipping

240 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-29-8

Quarterbound with Fabriano Tiziano 'oatmeal' paper covered boards and cloth spine; acid-free text paper; Fabriano Tiziano red endpapers; front cover artwork embossed in black.

AUTHOR PHOTO BY ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
Includes a bound in high quality reproduction of Annie Liebovitz's photo the author on Mohawk Superfine paper.

All copies SIGNED by Ilan Stavans.

Includes a bound in high quality reproduction of Annie Liebovitz's photo the author on Mohawk Superfine paper.

26 Lettered/signed/artwork copies

RRP £*** plus shipping

240 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-29-8

Quarter bound with Canson Mi-Tientes havanna brown paper covered boards and red silk/cloth spine; front cover artwork embossed in red; acid-free text paper; photo of Mr Acosta is Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and forms part of the 3-page ‘stepped’ Fabriano Tiziano front endpapers — the other page colours being brown and red; Fabriano Tiziano brown endpapers.

AUTHOR PHOTO BY ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
Includes a bound in high quality reproduction of Annie Liebovitz's photo the author on Mohawk Superfine paper.

SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED ARTWORK BY RALPH STEADMAN
Indigo printed onto acid-free Rives paper and housed in an acid-free custom Baghdad Brown envelope. The envelope is embossed in silver.

All lettered copies are SIGNED by Ilan Stavans and publisher/binder Michael Curran.

LETTERED COPIES SENT OUT WITH A COMPLIMENTARY 'READING COPY' OF THE FIRST PRINT PAPERBACK

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ORIGINAL REVIEWS FOR...

“Acosta writes with the heat of a blast-off…”
Publishers Weekly

“Acosta has entered counterculture folklore. This is the life story of a man whose pain is made real, whose roots are in question, and whose society seems to be
fragmenting around him.”
Saturday Review of Literature

Most famously depicted as the pill-popping lawyer Dr Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s wild, moving first book, originally published in 1972, reveals a man of astonishing variety. A converted Baptist missionary in Panama, bar hopper, psychiatric patient, struggling writer, heartbroken lover, great imposter, connoisseur of excess, maverick lawyer, Chicano activist, Brown Buffalo – Mr Acosta did it all, then disappeared like a puff of smoke off the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico in the spring of 1974.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of NPR’s podcast “In Contrast.” His books include Quixote: The Novel and the World, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry and Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar “Zeta” Acosta.

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