The high dollar value for this Thompson original is due to what would have been a low print run. I am not 100% sure but I’ve heard Regency was a kind of vanity press for famed sleaze publisher Greenleaf. The story is that Harlan Ellison asked the owner of Greenleaf, William Hamling, for an outlet to publish his respectable works. How Ellison got a hold of this book must be an interesting story. This is one of Thompson’s best and the film adaptation by Stephen Frears in 1990 set off the Thompson Hollywood movie rush.
Published in 1963 as Regency RB 322
Estimated Value: $ 300