Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy"). William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg.
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").
Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").

Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957 (The Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 1982, with: First Trade Edition Softcover "Reading Copy").

ISBN: 0916190161,091619017X
New York, NY: Full Court Press, 1982. Numbered, Limited Second Edition Hardcover; First Trade Edition Softcover. Hardcover; Softcover. Signed by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. (Shoaf 43a. & 43b., pg. 46). "Written at a turning point in his life--when he was kicking drugs in Tangiers, writing "Naked Lunch," and emerging from the literary underworld, these letters from Burroughs to his young friend [Allen] Ginsberg are not only an intimate, diaristic account of who was doing what, with whom and when, but also a record, as Burroughs says, of "the transmutation of experience, dated and in context" into the fiction we have come to know as contemporary classics...Ginsberg's introduction not only sets the stage and describes his intimate friendship with Burroughs at the time, but also helps fill in the gap left by his long-lost half of the correspondence." Behold the rarest available copy (outside of the virtually-unobtainable twelve not-for-sale, "hors commerce" copies of this edition) of WSB's classic "Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957." Hilarious, perceptive, and outright revolutionary passages appear in equal measure. An example of the former: "I have experienced a series of Kafkian incidents that would certainly have sent Carl [Solomon] back to the nuthouse. For example I go to bed with an Arab in European clothes. Several days later in the rain (and loaded on hash. You eat it here with hot tea.) I meet an Arab in native dress, and we repair to a Turkish bath. Now I am almost (but not quite), sure it is the same Arab...When I walk down the street Arabs I never see greet me in a manner suggesting unspeakable familiarity (in past or future?). I told one of these Arabs "Look, I don't like you and I don't know you. Scram." He just laughed and said "I see you later, Mister." And I did in fact go to bed with him later, or at least I think it was the same one...I wonder if it isn't the same character in different clothes, and every time better behaved, cheaper, more respectful (he has learned I can't be pushed beyond a certain point). I really don't know for sure. Next time I'll notch one of his ears." (pg. 23). Hardcover in very fine condition, uncharacteristically gorgeous; with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges at spine-edge; most-minute shelf-wear to corners of front, back covers, inc. a tiny chipping spot at bottom right-hand corner of front cover; barely-visible minute rubbing to leftmost fine-edge of same. Another interesting feature of this limited edition is the colophon is printed twice, once on the left-facing page and then on the more common (to virtually all books) right-facing page. Under the colophon, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg signatures in thin black pen ink read: "William S. Burroughs" & "Allen Ginsberg." This copy is No. 84/100. This edition was preceded only by the Am Here Books edition of 1978 in an edition of 400 hardcover copies in clear acetate dust-jackets, simultaneously-released with an edition of 100 which contained facsimile signatures in blue ink. Despite being technically the "Second Edition," this is certainly the rarest and most desirable version of this must-have work available. Softcover in near-fine condition with minute shelf-wear to fine-edges, esp. near top right-hand corner, where shelf-wear has resulted in a very tiny bump; large, since-flattened, low-visibility crease at bottom right-hand corner of front cover; horizontal crease from previous use running length of spine; interior clean and complete though glue connecting pages to spine somewhat fragile--a common feature of even the cleaner softcover first editions we have seen of Full Court Press titles from this period. Very Fine; Near-Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4053]

Price: $400.00