White Subway. William S. Burroughs.
White Subway

White Subway

London, England: Aloes, 1973. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. Signed by William S. Burroughs to noted scholar & collector Donald L. Kaufmann. "The white subway gathered silent speed as buildings and landscapes slid by- faster- faster- a blur of film flakes then pictures leaped into sharp focus- mist and frogs in 1920 roads- morning sleep of detour- needle beer in Sid's. He was in a long tunnel of old photos stretching back to his childhood- back- back- "STOP." " (from "Unfinished Cigarette") The legendary compilation of sixteen short works of imagination by William S. Burroughs, the supreme figure of the Beat Generation & Beyond, from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s; originally published in a variety of independent journals including Big Table, Birmingham Bulletin (where the above-quoted story first appeared in its second issue of Autumn 1963), Paris Review & Transatlantic Review. This copy is one of the first printings in an edition of 1000 issued in September 1973, with all points noted in Maynard & Miles (A24a, pgs. 85-87). Although this is not among the 25 copies of the first edition officially numbered & signed by the author, WSB has hand-written on the title page: "For Don Kaufmann/ (signed) William S. Burroughs." Donald L. Kaufmann (1927-2015) was a long-time professor of English at the University of Southern Florida & an avid literary collector, particularly of Norman Mailer, about whom he wrote several noted studies. A most desirable WSB collectible classic, with important association & provenance. Published & Printed by our good friend and esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network, Jim Pennington. In especially superb condition with only the tiniest bumps at corners of front, back covers; a bit of wear & faintest creasing at spine edges; otherwise virtually pristine inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #2903]

Price: $500.00