New York, NY: Little, Brown & Co., 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. A beautiful production complete with gorgeous illustrations & full-color pages, "Gentleman Junkie" is a special biographical tome equally essential as the Ted Morgan & Barry Miles biographies that preceded it. "...with "Gentleman Junkie," Graham Caveney gives us the definitive life of William S. Burroughs--less biography than a "chronology of the Burroughs phenomenon, "an examination of the myth behind the...[Item #2670]
WSB AT 105!
On February 5, William S. Burroughs would have been 105 years old. Although he boarded the Nova Express going on 22 years ago, his legacy lives on.
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New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 2000. First Edition. Hard Cover. These are the last private musings and reflections of William S. Burroughs, written from mid-November 1996 through August 1, 1997, the day before he died. In his poignant introduction that details WSB's life in his twilight years, James Grauerholz writes that the journals "...include successive drafts of several short routines; remarks on books he was reading or had read...[Item #1076]
New York, NY; London, England: grove Press; Flamingo/Harper Collins Publishers, 2000. Publisher's Mock-Up Pre-Edition; First Editions; First UK Edition. Three Hardcovers; One Softcover. One of two first editions/first printings inscribed & signed by James Grauerholz to Jim McCrary. In this volume are the last private musings & reflections of William S. Burroughs, written from mid-November 1996 through July 30, 1997- only a few days before his death on August 2...[Item #2869]
Providence, RI: John Hay Library, Brown University, 2000. First edition. Softcover. The Exhibition Catalog for the William S. Burroughs exhibit that took place at the John Hay Library of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from October-December of 2000. With essays by noted WSB critical biographer Jennie Skerl, & others. Extensively illustrated with b/w reproductions of rare WSB publications, manuscripts, letters, etc. A beautiful rarity itself. As New.[Item #1523]
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 2000. First Softcover Printing. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by James Grauerholz to Jim McCrary. The first comprehensive compilation of shorter works & excerpts from longer works which covers all of the phases of William S. Burroughs' over half-century of literary achievement. Initially published in 1998, the year after his death, this is the first softcover edition, first printing, issued in 2000 (though copyrighted 1998)...[Item #2994]
R. Crumb et al. Encinitas, CA: FreeThought Publications, Fall 2000. First Edition. Loose Folded Sheets. A variant first printing of the William S. Burroughs retrospective issue of this literary journal, featuring contributions from James Grauerholz, Charles & Pamela Plymell, Anne Waldman, Jeffrey Weinberg & yours truly, Arthur S. Nusbaum. My article, "Back at the Pond", is featured in our newsletter, "The Fine Print." Among the many reproduced artworks is an...[Item #1446]
R. Crumb et. al. Encinitas, CA: FreeThought Publications, 2000. First edition. Loose folded sheets. A William S. Burroughs retrospective issue of this literary journal, featuring contributions from James Grauerholz, Charles and Pamela Plymell, Anne Waldman, Jeffery Weinberg, & yours truly, Arthur S. Nusbaum. My article, "Back at the Pond", is featured in our NewsBeat department. Among the many reproduced artworks is an illustration of WSB by R. Crumb. Folded into...[Item #1411]
Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 2001. First Printing. Softcover. A catalog for an exhibition "Featuring the William S. Burroughs Collection and work by other avant garde artists" as stated on front cover, from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of The Ohio State University, held there during May 15 - August 25, 2001. A rare glimpse into this premiere archive of our Beat-&-Beyond icon, with images of notebooks, scrapbooks...[Item #3008]
Spicewood, Texas: Benjamin Spooner Books, 2001. First Edition. Original Wraps. #13 of 99 numbered copies A bibliographic checklist of all book cover blurbs, forewords, afterwords, introductions, prefaces, and other items relating to William S. Burroughs. Edited by Michael Stevens. Previously unpublished photo of WSB on the cover. One of 99 numbered copies, this is copy #13/99. As New.[Item #1080]
London, England: Penguin Books, 2008. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. The first UK Edition of this 1944 novel co-written by the 2 then-unpublished authors, based on controversial incidents in their early lives. A fascinating early collaboration between these literary legends. This first UK edition is destined for rarity. As New.[Item #1083]
Milan, Italy: Adelphi Edizione, 2009. First Italian Edition Thus. Softcover. This Italian translation of The Ticket That Exploded is the first edition issued by this publisher, & is therefore a First Edition Thus. Originally released in 1962 by the legendary Olympia Press in Paris, & with many subsequent editions in the U.S., U.K. & elsewhere, TTTE is a cut-up novel from the period following the breakthrough of Naked Lunch, where...[Item #1610]
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 11/2009. First Edition Thus. Hardcover in Slipcase. Sealed in shrinkwrap To commemorate the first appearance of Naked Lunch by the French publisher Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press in 1959, Grove Press presents this 50th anniversary edition of the book that brought William S. Burroughs to the attention of readers & academic, cultural & literary commentators throughout the world. Among the essential primary works associated with...[Item #1401]
Milan, Italy: Adelphi Edizione, 2010. First Italian Translation. Softcover. This is the first Italian translation of "The Yage Letters Redux," first published in the U.S. in 2006, a greatly expanded, reorganized edition, edited & with a lengthy, most skullerly introduction by top WSB authority Oliver Harris. A very rare version of the latest & most comprehensive edition of this WSB/AG classic. Text in Italian, translated by Andrew Tanzi. As new...[Item #1609]
Bulletproof Film, 2011. First Edition. DVD. A tender, vibrant portrait of the life and work of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN is an intimate documentary that breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time. Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s. His novel...[Item #1603]
Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, Inc., 2012. First Printing. Hardcover. "This is the definitive collection of the images from the great graphic novel that never was- Ah Pook Is Here by literary icon William S. Burroughs and Emmy Award-winning artist Malcolm Mc Neill./Burroughs and Mc Neill toiled on their daring new concept for a "word/image novel" throughout the 1970s and Mc Neill produced a cornucopia of paintings and other images for.....[Item #1841]
Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, Inc., 2012. First Printing. Hardcover. "The saga of how (William S. Burroughs and Malcolm Mc Neill) began working together, how they embarked upon a quixotic quest to create a "word/image novel" the likes of which the world had never seen...their struggle to bring it to the public ultimately collapsed in dashed hopes and broken dreams is the stuff of legend...(a) complimentary volume to The Lost Art.....[Item #1842]
Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016. First Printing. Softcover. "...I suggest that Burroughs seeks to reconcile humanity and the natural world more widely in his texts. This manifests in both his narrative practices and the thematic content of his texts, which reveal a lifelong engagement with ecological issues. Thus the essential question of this book is, to what extent can Burroughs' texts be evaluated in an ecocritical framework. Although...[Item #3072]
Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press, 2018. First Edition. Softcover. "Before the era of fake news and anti-fascists, William S. Burroughs wrote about preparing for revolution and confronting institutionalized power. In this work, Burroughs' parody becomes a set of rationales and instructions for destabilizing the state and overthrowing an oppressive and corrupt government. As with much of Burroughs' work, it is hard to say if it is serious or...[Item #3076]
West Glover, VT: Something Else Press, 1973. First Edition. Soft Cover. Signed by co-author William S. Burroughs. A classic work that explains & applies the cut-up writing technique by its co-inventor, Brion Gysin. Also includes texts by William S. Burroughs and Ian Sommerville. Edited by Jan Herman. Advance Review Copy of the first softcover edition, limited to 1000 copies, with publisher's review card laid in. Signed by William S. Burroughs...[Item #1175]
Paris, France: L'Herne, 1971. First Printing. Softcover. A French collection of writings by Jack Kerouac, & about/in tribute to him, mostly by William S. Burroughs & Claude Pelieu, along with Gregory Corso (an English-language excerpt from "Elegiac Feelings American") & Allen Ginsberg. An early memorial volume, published only two years after Kerouac's death. With many photographs, a reproduction of Kerouac's obituary from the New York Daily News, WSB's short tribute...[Item #2062]
New York, NY: Nadada Editions, 1975. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. A small booklet of photographic portraits of six iconic, mostly Beat-literary figures taken in the early 1970s by Gerard Malanga, poet & important member of the Andy Warhol "factory" mileu at the height of the 1960s counterculture & beyond. The portraits are of William S. Burroughs, Candy Darling (the late transgender Warhol "superstar" cult figure), Allen Ginsberg, Mick Jagger, Anne...[Item #1966]
San Diego, CA: Atticus Press, 1983. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "It is with pangs of nostalgia that I read these on-the-spot notes from 1960 to 1963, composed by Harold Norse in the now-famous Beat Hotel at 9, Rue Git-le-coeur in Paris. The hotel had no name, just the number. Brion Gysin called it the No Name Hotel."(From foreword by William S. Burroughs) The classic work by Harold Norse (1916-2009) that...[Item #2855]
Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1975. First Edition. Stapled wrappers. A volume of poetry in English by the French author Claude Pelieu, an important Beat figure & collaborator/consorter with William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell & many others. Signed by Claude Pelieu on title page. Edited by Mary Beach. Introduction by Charles Plymell, the publisher of this work. A very rare & significant Cherry Valley Edition, connected to much of...[Item #1303]
S. Clay Wilson. Sudbury, MA: Water Row Press, 1988. First Edition. S. A literary journal edited by Jeffrey Weinberg, publisher of Water Row Press. Includes poetry by Ray Bremser, Steve Richmond & Charles Bukowski, an article about a visit with William S. Burroughs & James Grauerholz at "The Bunker" in NYC by Don Blaise, a previously unpublished portrait of Burroughs by Colleen Burke & more. Front cover art by S....[Item #1365]
New York, NY: Doubleday Anchor, 1967. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed by Yevgeny Yevtushenko to Ken Mikolowski, Co-Founder of Detroit's Visionary Alternative Press. "Two philosophies are now struggling in this world: the philosophy of disbelief, of pessimism, and the philosophy of belief in an enlightened future for humanity. I have seen the living incarnation of this belief in many wonderful people whom I met at Bratsk. In the new Siberia...[Item #2956]