With Revolvers Aimed...Finger Bowls. Claude Pelieu, William S. Burroughs.
With Revolvers Aimed...Finger Bowls
With Revolvers Aimed...Finger Bowls
With Revolvers Aimed...Finger Bowls

With Revolvers Aimed...Finger Bowls

San Francisco, CA: Beach Books, Texts and Documents, 1967. First Edition. Softcover. (Maynard & Miles, B29a, pg. 98-14; Shoaf, Section II, No. 35, pg. 72). “With Revolvers Aimed…Finger Bowls” is the classic cut-up work by Claude Pelieu (1934-2002), the respected French artist, poet, and translator whose path overlapped greatly with William S. Burroughs and the Beat Generation in both New York and San Francisco. Among Pelieu’s earliest published works were those printed circa-1955 in “Le Libertaire,” a political journal whose views loosely represented the “Lettrists,” the French avant-garde movement founded by Romanian immigrant Isidore Isou. Lettrism finds its theoretical roots in both the Dada and Surrealism movements of the early twentieth-century, and Lettrism’s bombastic, clock-melting ancestors did certainly exert a lifelong influence on Pelieu’s published output. It was at precisely this time that Pelieu became aware of both the poetry of Jacques Prevert (a favorite of his friend and celebrated founder of City Lights Books, Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and of his increasing commitment to collage as an art form. Perhaps a point of friendship (or at least a point of relation) was created by Pelieu & Burroughs’ mutual awareness of junk-sickness, its harrowing bipolarity…the black insect lusts of cells clamoring for junk, each demanding to speak with the manager. Pelieu’s addiction began around 1959, and to our understanding began after he was drafted into the French army at the height of the Algerian War. While doubtlessly of interest, Pelieu’s story—as it appears in the context of this early fruit of Burroughs’ infecting the Mimeograph Revolution with the Cut-Up technique—is thus “tied up with” / “cannot be mentioned without considering” the towering WSB. His correspondence with Burroughs grew more prolific and substantive from 1965 onwards, and this Burroughsian cult-classic is among the poppy flowers and mutations cataloged. Burroughs contributes a wild “Introduction” (if you can call it that) which is more of a freestanding Cut-Up Routine of its own than what most might use that word to mean. If you’re a Burroughsian or a Cut-Up “fanatique,” you simply need a copy of this book in your arsenal. From the collection of 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—and if Brian’s ABR had a “Contributions to Books” section, we would’ve consulted it for our curation of this item as well! Trade format softcover, a first edition. Book in near fine condition with moderate-to-significant rubbing, scratches/scuffs, yellowing, & spotting to front, back covers and spine; since-flattened bumps to top right, bottom right-hand corners of front cover; tiny bumps to top left, bottom-left hand corner of same; small horizontal crease near bottommost fine-edge of back cover; small instance of chipping at bottom right-hand corner of same; tiny bumps to all corners of same; minute blemish at top left-hand corner of same. Lastly, Brian's small circular seal of ownership is impressed onto the blank lower right margin/ corner of front endpaper. Near Fine. [Item #4691]

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