Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary). William S. Burroughs.
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)

Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Four Editions from the collection of Jim McCrary)

ISBN: 0802116574;0006552
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. In his introduction that details WSB's life in his twilight years, editor James Grauerholz writes that the journals "...include successive drafts of several short routines; remarks on books he was reading or had read long ago, and scenes suggested by them; lists of favorite lines from a lifetime of reading and listening; fits of impotent rage at man's stupidity; day-to-day commentary; the heartbreak of the deaths of his beloved cats; and the contemplation of his own mortality." (pg. ix) These last writings are an insight into the mind of WSB, a founding father of the Beat Generation & so much more as one of the greatest literary & cultural influences of his twentieth century & beyond. A mixture of the mundane & profound, this is the late raw material from which he extracted his world view & artistry. Of utmost poignancy in the context of the life & work that preceded it is this very last journal entry: "Love? What is It?/ Most natural painkiller what there is./ LOVE." We are proud to offer a very special bundle of editions of this important work, all from the collection of Jim McCrary. McCrary, a poet & educator, resides in Lawrence, Kansas. He was a close friend & associate of WSB during his later years there, among the core group at Burroughs Communications led by Grauerholz. McCrary originally transcribed these journal entries, & is credited in the Acknowledgments. The editions we acquired from McCrary are as follows: (1) Publisher's mock-up with dust jacket of first edition covering a different book ("This place you return to is home" by Kirsty Gunn, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999); & with variant front & rear endpapers of first edition pasted inside. Front endpapers with white facsimile of WSB journal hand-script on black background; rear endpapers with black facsimile of WSB journal hand-script on white background. In the actual first edition, both endpapers are black facsimile of WSB's script on red background. (2) First edition, first printing hardcover in dj of "Last Words." On the title page, there is this inscription from Grauerholz to McCrary: "For Jim McCrary- /without you, this book/ would not exist- thank you/ for yr. friendship + love-/ for me, for Wm- /(signed) James Grauerholz/ (heart symbol) 1-26-00/ KS." (3) First edition, first printing hardcover in dj of "Last Words" without inscription. (4) First UK edition, softcover original issued the same year as USA edition (2000) with reproduction of a 1980 photograph of WSB by Robert Mapplethorpe on front cover. A one-of-a-kind most collectible bundle of this important collection of WSB's last writings, with especially rich, significant associations & provenance. (1) Book in very fine condition with only small bump at lower right corner of front cover; mild spotting at edges of text block. Interior very fine with a few faint creases, waves & scratches at front & rear endpapers which were pasted onto a different book as noted above. Dust jacket in very fine condition with a tiny amount of wear & some faint scratching on black background of front, back covers & spine; minor creasing at upper edges & corners including front & rear flaps. (2) Book in very fine condition with only the slightest wear at & near upper & lower spine-edges; mild, faint spotting at edges (esp. upper edge) of text block; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. DJ in very fine condition with only very minor wear & faint scratching on black background of front, back covers & spine; tiny amount of creasing & wear at edges & corners of same esp. upper spine edge & upper front, back cover corners including a very small gauge at upper right corner of front cover. (3) Book & DJ in substantially the same very fine condition as (2) above. (4) in fine condition with only very slight rubbing, scratching & wear of front, back covers & spine; small creases & bumps at & near all edges & corners esp. front & back cover corners; mild-to-moderate spotting at edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only mild browning mostly at blank margins & edges of page leaves; tiniest bumps at some corners of same. Very Fine; Fine / Very fine. [Item #2869]

Price: $450.00