Labor Day/September Sale: Beats in Mexico & More...
On September 6, 1951 in Mexico City...
We reflect upon the anniversary of a certain game of "William Tell" that played a crucial role in American culture through its later transmutation & manifestation as the literary and cultural legacy of William S. Burroughs.
We've placed alongside these Burroughs-related relics a truly transnational platter of rarities dealing with the Mexican sojourns of other Beat or Beat-related writers. Added to this are a few crowd-pleasing New York & Black Mountain favorites sure to satisfy the scholar and the curious.
Featuring WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS JR., FRANK O'HARA, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, ROBERT CREELEY, BONNIE BREMSER, CHARLES OLSON & MORE, we present the September/Labor Day Sale from Third Mind Books!
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Madison, WS: The Red Ozier Press, 1978. First Printing. Broadside. A beautifully produced broadside on fine handmade paper, featuring a piece of prose-poetry by the ill-fated son of William S. Burroughs & Joan Vollmer Burroughs. The text seems to have the qualities of a cut-up as pioneered by the author's father. With an illustration by Mark Mulhern. A most tragic figure in the WSB legend, "cursed from birth" as he...[Item #1799]
Paris, France: Editions Pierre Belfond, 1969. First Printing. Softcover. This is the first printing of the very first edition of Daniel Odier's interviews with William S. Burroughs, later published in many French & English-language editions more familiarly to WSB collectors as The Job. On the final, colophon page is a printing date of January 17, 1969, & a legal notice of the first trimester of that year. These are among...[Item #2039]
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, Inc., 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by William S. Burroughs "I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan's death, and to a realization of the extent to which this event has motivated and formulated my writing. I live with the constant threat of possession, and a constant need to escape from possession, from Control. So...[Item #3311]
n/p; Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY: Jorge Garcia-Robles; Priceless Preservation; Viking/ the Penguin Group; Twelve/ Hachette Book Group, 1990-2018. Original Negatives; Original Digitization; First Editions. Negatives; Disc in Case; Hardcovers. During 1990, Mexican author Jorge Garcia-Robles traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to visit & interview William S. Burroughs, as part of his research that led to the publication of his acclaimed study, The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico...[Item #3171]
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by William S. Burroughs to Jim McCrary. "With My Education: A Book of Dreams William S. Burroughs pushes on into new territory, once again committing the unspeakable crime of questioning the reality structure. Dreams have always been a rich source of imagery in Burroughs' work. In this book they are a direct and powerful force. Hundreds of dreams-...[Item #2918]
Munich, Germany; London, England & New York, NY: Prestel Verlag, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. "Taking Shots, its title playing on the symbolic and overt connections between Burroughs the heroin user, Burroughs the firearms obsessive and Burroughs the photographer, is the first major exhibition and publication to explore his photography on its own terms and to examine the ways Burroughs used the camera as an aesthetic and recording device...Our intention in...[Item #3204]
New York, NY: Scribners, 1963. First Trade Edition & Association Copy. Softcover. Signed & Inscribed by Robert Creeley to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, Founders of Detroit's "Alternative Press"; with Laid-In Handwritten Notation including Additional Signature, Phone Number, & Directions. In the introductory note to "The Island," Creeley states the book's essential allegorical properties & on the page beside it dedicates the work to the poet Charles Olson, the influential giant...[Item #2720]
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Back Roads to Far Towns After Basho" is an exceedingly rare run of 500 copies pressed on September 1, 1970 "for friends of the author." As the title implies, Ferlinghetti took cues from his study of Haiku masters Basho and others and combined it with his then fully-flowered creative force for this memorable collection of verses. Lawrence...[Item #2532]
New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1970. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "The Mexican Night" is the first of what would become several travel journals published throughout the course of the poet's lifetime. Ferlinghetti's nonfiction works are essential reads for any student or fan of the Beat Generation/San Francisco Renaissance, as they give a factual, autobiographical voice to a man who has so staunchly decried and avoided the notion of penning...[Item #2533]
San Francisco, CA: Privately Printed by the Author, N/D. First Edition. Broadside. A broadside (8 & 1/2" x 11") with the short title poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the giant of poetry and publishing, still active at age 97 as of this writing. Photo-copied or offset printed (?) reproduction of the poet's hand-writing and unusually full signature. Hand-written in ink at the bottom below signature and date is: "itekCRC #2 of...[Item #2548]
New York, NY: Adventures in Poetry, 1974. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. Signed by Bill Berkson to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, Founders of Detroit's Visionary "Alternative Press." Another undisputed collaborative classic of Frank O'Hara, "Hymns of St. Bridget" is a refulgent collection of poems, all imbued with O'Hara's signature combination of wit, warmth & candor. Issued by Adventures in Poetry in 1974, this is a signature "New York" production, featuring art...[Item #2927]
San Francisco, CA: Glide Memorial Church, Circa 1967. First Printing. Single Sheet. A broadside-poster (14"x20") announcing a "Poetry Fiesta" with "music and Dancers," featuring readings by poets Lenore Kandel, Margaret Randall, Marcus Ulewicz & Lew Welch, held at the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco on December 16, (circa) 1967. Welch (1926-1971?), among the primary poets of the Beat Generation & the San Francisco Renaissance, famously disappeared in 1971, a....[Item #2497]