Ask the Dust - John Fante 1980 - Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara - First Black Sparrow Edition One of 750 copies, with a preface by Charles Bukowski. Fante’s account of coming west as a young man, considered by Bukowski to be both the finest novel ever written about Los Angeles and the inspiration for his own writing career.

First Black Sparrow Press trade edition of Fante's much acclaimed first book, made into a movie starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. Originally published in 1939 by Stackpole who then used the funds allocated for the book to cover Adolf Hitler’s lawsuit against them for an unauthorised printing of Mein Kampf, hence the scarcity of the original work and lack of further printings.
  Octavo (book size 23.5x16cm), pp. 165 [7]. In publisher’s black cloth spine and cream paper covered boards, matching cream coloured paper spine label lettered in red and black, front board lettered and ruled in black, yellow, green, red and black, black endpapers. In thick clear acetate jacket as issued.

Published by the Black Sparrow Press as follows:-
750 hardcover trade copies.
250 hardcover copies hand-numbered 1-250 in the colophon and signed by Fante on a blank leaf opposite the copyright page
75 numbered copies hand-bound by Earle Gray, red patterned cloth and cream coloured paper boards, signed by Fante and Bukowski on a blank leaf opposite the copyright page, and hand-numbered in the colophon.
Also issued in paper wrappers, without signature or number. Number of these unknown.
  Condition: Fine, in slightly marked acetate jacket.   Ref: 110670   Price: HK$ 3,500