The Exterminator. William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin.
The Exterminator
The Exterminator

The Exterminator

San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. "William Burroughs...in this his latest work has thrown away all traces of a polite regard for the sacred cows of narrative fiction...Pieces of his earlier writing, magazine and newspaper articles, headlines and catch-phrases of the day are cut up, scrambled and thrown at the reader, or rather, sprayed at him in the same way a machinegun sprays its target. Almost nothing remains in a narrative context; everything is atomized and forced to exist in an agonized truce...Brion Gysin contributed the poems and calligraphs which finally "rub out the word"." (from back cover) A first edition/ first printing of the early collaboration between William S. Burroughs, foremost Beat-&-Beyond literary innovator; & artist-writer Brion Gysin, a key associate who first inspired WSB with the cut-up method. As noted in colophon, this exquisitely crafted production "...was designed and printed by Dave L. Haselwood and James F. McIlroy at the Auerhahn Press, 1334 Franklin, San Francisco, California." One of approximately 1000 copies per Maynard & Miles (A4a, pgs. 21-22). This copy is inscribed & signed by WSB on the title page: "For Don Kaufmann/ (signed) William Burroughs." Donald L. Kaufmann (1927-2015) was an acclaimed, long-time professor of English at the University of Southern Florida & a devoted collector, particularly of Norman Mailer, about whom he wrote several noted studies. A top-tier, canonical WSB-Gysin rarity, with significant association & provenance. In exceptionally very fine condition with only mildest level of rubbing & scratching at front, back covers & spine; tiniest bumps at corners & edges of same; very small area of smudging at & near lower right edge of front cover; slightest vertical bend outward toward front cover at & near spine. Interior very fine with only miniscule bump-bends at corners of page leaves; otherwise substantially mint as issued. Very Fine. [Item #2910]

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