New York: Random House, 1940.
First Edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. Octavo (8 x 5 3/8 inches; 204 x 136 mm). , -309, [1, blank] pp.
Publisher's full oatmeal cloth. Spine printed in blue and gilt. Top edge dyed gray. In publisher's pictorial dust jacket. Jacket unclipped with $2.00 price and Random House bookmark still intact on back flap. Some very minor rubbing to edges of jacket. Still a near fine copy in a near fine jacket.
"The Ox-Bow Incident, novel by Walter van Tilburg Clark, published in 1940. This psychological study of corrupt leadership and mob rule was read as a parable about fascism when it first appeared. Set in Nevada in 1885, the story concerns the brutal lynching of three characters falsely accused of murder and theft. It details how the strong-willed leader of the lynch mob, Major Tetley, easily manipulates the suppressed resentment and boredom of the townspeople." (Brittanica). The novel was adapted in 1943 into a movie starring Henry Fonda.