White Subway. William S. Burroughs.
White Subway

White Subway

ISBN: 0856520055
London, England: Aloes Books, 1973. First Edition, Limited Second Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "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 1920s 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," pg. 1) 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- the high period of WSB's cut-up phase. 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. Also with two short, classic essays on WSB & his milieu by Alan Ansen ("Anyone Who Can Pick Up a Frying Pan Owns Death") & Paul Bowles ("Burroughs in Tangier"), both originally published in Big Table 2. As noted on back cover, "This second printing is limited to 500 copies only all with silver-grey covers saddle-stitched." Published (most probably) during the same year as the first printing of 1000 copies (1973). See Shoaf, Section 1, 26(a), pg. 39; Schottlaender, A(30), pg. 13. Jim Pennington, the esteemed Burroughsian printer, publisher, editor & scholar, is the man behind this & all classic productions of Aloes Books- & our good friend & colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). A rare version of a most desirable & important WSB collectible. See also Item No.s 2903, 3471, 4021 & 4026. In fine condition with mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior fine with mild browning esp. to blank margins of page leaves; very small-to-tiny bumps esp. at upper corners of same; small previous UK seller's price hand-written in light ink in blank area near upper right corner of title page. Fine. [Item #4274]

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