Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch. William S. Burroughs.
Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch
Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch
Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch
Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch

Doctor Benway: A Variant passage from The Naked Lunch

Santa Barbara, CA: Bradford Morrow, 1979. Limited First Edition. Softcover in Over-Wraps. "Like the ship's captain who rushes into the first lifeboat in drag, Benway rejects the pompous hypocrisy of his profession and this rejection is so outrageous as to provoke laughter rather than censure." (from Introduction, pg. 10) A variant passage from William S. Burroughs' breakthrough work, Naked Lunch, starring his immortal routine-character Dr. Benway, the unforgettably over-the-top, breezily psychopathic physician. With a new introduction by WSB (quoted above) dated August 1979. A beautiful letterpress production in wraps with attached illustrated over-wraps, commemorating the first appearance of Naked Lunch (titled "The Naked Lunch") published by Olympia Press twenty years earlier (1959, see our item No. 3487). From an edition of 500 printed during August 1979, of which 324 copies including this were produced in wraps & hand-numbered, 150 hardcover copies were numbered & signed by WSB, & 26 lettered copies were Hors Commerce, per colophon. This is copy No. 151/500. But this may effectively be copy No. 1/324 of the unsigned edition (see below). Shoaf, Section I, No. 48b, pgs. 47-48; Schottlaender, A42, pg. 16. As noted in Shoaf & partly quoted therefrom in Schottlaender, "Booksellers have long been confused by apparent "out of series" copies, those being numbered above 324, but the simple explanation is that the softbound wraps edition did not begin with number "1" but with "151." That is, after the run of the 150 signed hardbound copies. This means collectors could expect to find copies numbered as high as 474 in the unsigned series, and several numbered in the 400s have been noted." From the collection of artist-poet Erin Black Matson, who with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson was a Bona Fide member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s in NYC. The Matsons were protégé-colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of (WSB's great friend & mentor-of-sorts) Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The condition of this item (see below) befits its long possession & handling by Erin, a tried-&-true Beat to the end. An outstanding WSB collectible with appropriate & distinguished provenance. In relatively good-to-near-fine condition (to Erin's core Beat standards as above) with mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to front, back over-wraps & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & over-wrap flaps; several very short, mostly closed tears with minimal loss of paper esp. at upper spine-edge & upper edge of over-wrap front cover near spine; light browning to edges of text block (side edge of same untrimmed as issued). Interior incl. blank under-wraps very fine with only a hint of browning at thin edges & corners of hand-made paper leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4696]

Price: $150.00