Mother: A Journal of New Literature No. 5 (Special Double Issue, Summer 1965). Jeff Giles, David Moberg, Joe Brainard, Ted Berrigan, William S. Burroughs, Kenward Elmslie, Brion Gysin, Ron Padgett, Peter Schjeldahl.
Mother: A Journal of New Literature No. 5 (Special Double Issue, Summer 1965)
Mother: A Journal of New Literature No. 5 (Special Double Issue, Summer 1965)

Mother: A Journal of New Literature No. 5 (Special Double Issue, Summer 1965)

Galesburg, IL: Jeff Giles & David Moberg, 1965. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. This "Special Double Issue" (copyright page) number of the literary journal edited, published & with contributions by Jeff Giles & David Moberg features a collaborative group of "Pieces" by William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, WSB's closest friend & associate (pgs. 63-67). The works here include facsimile photographs of three manuscript pages/ spreads, & are exemplary of the cut-up (non-columned style) method co-discovered-invented by WSB & Gysin. As noted in "Contributors" (inner back cover), this is an excerpt from their work-in-progress then-entitled "The Book of Methods" which would finally be published as the familiar classic The Third Mind (also the mascot-name of our enterprise). Maynard & Miles, C120, pg. 142; Shoaf, Section III, No. 78, pg. 132; Schottlaender, C109, pg. 40. Also in this legendary issue are contributions of poetry, prose-poetry, prose & artwork by the brilliant & tragic Joe Brainard (front cover, frontispiece & two more interior illustrations); Ted Berrigan (three of his own prose-poems, & a collaboration with Ron Padgett, both obviously quite influenced by the cut-up method); Kenward Elmslie (prose work "An Idea that Backfired," see our many items by this great Prolific-&-Underappreciated more-than-friend & associate of Brainard); co-editor Giles (poem "The Liquid Disease," preceded by a WSB quote); co-editor Moberg ("Gooseflowers Gay: A Novel of Passion" in twelve very short chapters); Peter Schjeldahl (21 numbered "Paris Sonnets, after (and dedicated to) Ted Berrigan") & many more. This issue originally included a loose supplement, consisting of a folded, glued sheet forming a continuous loop of text by Tom Veitch, not present in this copy- BUT nevertheless this copy is from the collection of none other than Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date WSB bibliography now in its fourth ever-expanding online edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR for all our WSB-related rarities, as above. In fact, he honored us by consulting one of our catalogs for his entry of this very item! A very rare & dizzyingly rich WSB (especially)/ Beat/ New York School & Beyond collectible, with distinguished provenance. In relatively good-to-near-fine condition with mild rubbing, mild-to-moderate browning & occasional spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one somewhat short, thin horizontal non-penetrating scratch-tear at mid-lower blank back cover with loss of surface paper; staples in process of rusting with minimal interior bleeding; mild rubbing, browning & sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine except for middle spread (pgs. 39-42) loosened from staples; slight bleeding therefrom noted above; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of a few page leaves. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4640]

Price: $60.00