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San Francisco, CA: Beach Books, Texts & Documents, 1967. First Edition. Softcover. Signed with French Citation by Claude Pelieu to Allen DeLoach, signed by William S. Burroughs, & signed with citation by Mary Beach. This is one of the rarest, most significant items among all our offerings, with no less than four inter-related associations. Published in 1967 by Mary Beach's imprint & translated from the French by her, it is the poetry & prose-poetry of Claude Pelieu, her husband. Beach (1919-2006) & Pelieu (1934-2002) were a legendary artistic & literary couple, who met in 1962 & were creatively associated with William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (whose City Lights Books was the distributor of this item), Charles & Pamela Plymell, & many others over a half-century career in Paris, New York & San Francisco. This First Edition copy is signed with a lengthy citation in French & dated 1970 on the title page by Claude Pelieu to Allen DeLoach, the previous owner of this copy who was at the forefront of the literary ferment on the Lower East Side of NYC during the 1960s. Deloach was the publisher of the literary journal Intrepid& is an important poet in his own right. This work is officially "Presented by William S. Burroughs." & WSB has signed this copy next to his name, also on the title page. Pelieu's text is preceded by "Two Counterscripts" of cut-up writing by WSB. Finally, Mary Beach has signed below her name with a whimsical citation ("The Buffalo Banana Splits") on the title page. The provenance & associations here are incredibly rich&--all four of these great figures knew & worked with each other, & all leave their imprint, directly or by reference, on this one item. In near-fine condition with only minor wear to front & back covers & blank spine & edges, interior very tight & crisp. Near Fine. [Item #1643]

Price: $990.00

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