William S. Burroughs, 2003. Milan, Italy: Adelphi Edizione, 2003. First Italian Edition Thus. Softcover. This Italian translation of The Soft Machine is the first edition issued by this publisher, & is therefore a first edition thus. First published by Olympia Press in Paris in 1961, TSM is another high cut-up production in the wake of Naked Lunch, influenced by Brion Gysin's observation that "writing is fifty years behind painting" in...[Item #1611]
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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Paris, France: NRF, 1960. First Printing. Softcover. This vintage number of the venerable French literary journal features a translation from English to French of William S. Burroughs' essay, "Deposition: Testimony concerning a Sickness" ("Temoignage a propos d'une maladie"). Published concurrently with the English version in the Evergreen Review, WSB wrote the essay "...to help prepare the way for eventual publication of Naked Lunch in the U.S.A." (Maynard & Miles, C12.....[Item #2189]
Paris, France: Christian Bourgois Editeur, 1972. First Edition Thus. Softcover. This is the first translation from English into French of William S. Burroughs' mid-career work based on the transcribed words spoken by the American gangster Dutch Schultz on his deathbed in 1935, after being ambushed & shot along with his associates. Written as the script of a prospective film treatment, it was first published in a limited edition in the...[Item #2190]
The Hague, Netherlands: Maldoror, 1988. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Electronic Revolution, a collection of two key essays by Beat-&-Beyond literary icon William S. Burroughs, was first published in 1971. This copy is from the first Dutch-language edition, one of 500 copies published in 1988 (Shoaf, 23d, pg. 37). From the library of Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years...[Item #2912]
Tokyo, Japan: The English Agency (Japan) Ltd./ Shichosha, 1992. First Edition Thus. Softcover. The first Japanese language edition of William S. Burroughs' classic collection of short pieces (or "routines"), including "The Thanksgiving Prayer," recited & recorded for posterity by the author in his inimitable manner. Originally published in the USA during 1989 by Cherry Valley Editions, the imprint of Charles Plymell & his wife, Pamela Beach Plymell. With the two...[Item #2916]
Bonn, Germany: Expanded Media Editions, E.M.E., 1993. First Edition Thus/ First German Edition; Third Printing. Softcover. A late prophetic statement by William S. Burroughs, our foremost Beat-&-Beyond figure of literary & cultural influence. Transcript of "Speech delivered 1980 at the occasion of the Institute of Ecotechnics' "1980 Planet Earth Conference" in Aix-en-Provence" as noted after title page. With complete texts in English & German, next to & reversed from each.....[Item #2913]
Berlin, Germany: Druckhaus Galrev, 1994. First Edition Thus. Softcover. The first German-language edition of William S. Burroughs' classic late work, published two years after the first American trade edition. WSB had a life-long fondness for & deep interest in felines. This writer recalls his furry friends joining me on the couch as I sat opposite the Beat-&-Beyond icon at his home; & we stood at the grave of Ruski, his.....[Item #3018]
Prague, Czech Republic: Volvox Globator, 1998. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. My Education: A Book of Dreams was the second-to-last book-length work published during the lifetime of William S. Burroughs (followed that same year, 1995, with the first trade edition of Ghost of Chance). This record of WSB's late dream recollections is of very special significance to this writer- It was one of the books, newly published at the time, which...[Item #3020]
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]
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]