The Yage Letters (Two Editions). William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg.
The Yage Letters (Two Editions)
The Yage Letters (Two Editions)
The Yage Letters (Two Editions)
The Yage Letters (Two Editions)

The Yage Letters (Two Editions)

ISBN: 0872860043
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1971; 1988. First Edition, Sixth Printing; Third Edition, First Printing. Softcovers. "In letters to Allen Ginsberg, a young unknown poet in New York, (William S. Burroughs') journey to the Amazon jungle is recorded, detailing picaresque incidents of search for telepathic-hallucinogenic-mind-expanding drug Yage (Ayahuasca, or Banisteriopsis Caape) used by Amazon Indian doctors for finding lost objects, mostly bodies and souls. Author and recipient of these letters met again in New York, Xmas 1953, pruned and edited the writings to form a single book...Seven years later Ginsberg in Peru writes his old guru an account of his own visions and terrors with the same drug, appealing for further counsel. Burroughs' mysterious reply is sent. The volume concludes with two epilogues: A short note from Ginsberg on his return from the Orient years later reassuring Self that he is still here on earth, and a final poetic cut-up by Burroughs, 'I Am dying, Meester?' " (from back covers) Two editions of The Yage Letters, the classic work first published by City Lights Books in 1963: (1) First edition softcover original, sixth printing of August 1971 as noted on copyright page (Maynard & Miles, A8(a), pgs. 41-43; Cook, 45(a), pgs. 47-48). (2) Third edition softcover original, published February 1988 as noted on copyright page (Cook, 45(c), pgs. 48-49; Shoaf, Section I, 8(h), pg. 29; Schottlaender, A8(c), pg. 7). This third edition includes a letter of July 10, 1953 from WSB to Ginsberg (pgs. 44-46) which was not included in the first edition, first published in the second edition of 1975; & the notorious WSB "routine" Roosevelt After Inauguration (pgs. 36-39), first included in this third edition. From the library of Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years in Lawrence, Kansas; therefore this latter edition may very well have been handled by WSB himself in the company of McCrary. We note that the final, definitive City Lights Books edition of this work is entitled The Yage Letters Redux (2006), edited & with an introduction by Oliver Harris, with Dr. Harris' unparalleled depth of archeological scholarship. Not included in this bundle but available from the publisher as far as we know as of this writing, TYLR is an essential, much longer & deeper version. Nevertheless, these two editions in the form familiar to readers for over forty years are excellent supplements for the completist WSB & Ginsberg collector. (1) in near-fine condition with moderate rubbing, creasing, scratching & browning to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, thin creases at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at edges, corners of a few page leaves. (2) also in near-fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching, occasional light creasing & spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block with two small areas of light staining at upper & lower edges of same. Interior fine with only small, light stains to blank upper & lower edges & margins of some page leaves (bled from text block stains noted above); tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Near Fine. [Item #3547]

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