The Final Academy: Statements of a Kind. William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin.
The Final Academy: Statements of a Kind
The Final Academy: Statements of a Kind
The Final Academy: Statements of a Kind

The Final Academy: Statements of a Kind

London, England: The Final Academy, 1982. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "I consider that immortality is the only goal worth striving for: Immortality in Space. Man is an artifact created for the purpose of Space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present state anymore than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole. But Man is in a state of arrested evolution." (from William S. Burroughs' "Statement on the Final Academy," pg. 1) A document published in conjunction with a series of events centered on William S. Burroughs & his his key collaborators that took place in England (where WSB of course lived & worked through much of the 1960s & into the 1970s) during 1982. Compiled by Roger Ely & with contributions of essays, interviews, statements etc. by the filmmaker Antony Balch, with whom WSB created Towers Open Fire & other films; Victor Bockris, the biographer who had recently published With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker (see our item No. 4107); compiler-editor Ely; John Giorno, the prolific poet, artist, recorder & performer who was WSB's close colleague in NYC; Brion Gysin, WSB's foremost collaborator & co-inventor with him of the Cut-Up writing techniques; Barry Miles, the great WSB biographer & bibliographer; Eric Mottram, author of William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, the early classic critical biography (see our item No.s 1518, 4266); Jeffrey Nuttall, who published My Own Mag with many contributions by WSB during the 1960s; Genesis P-Orridge, the musician (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) who was highly influenced by & collaborated with WSB; Ian Sommerville, WSB's technically ingenious close personal & creative associate; Terry Wilson, who co-wrote Here To Go: Planet R-101 with Gysin which is excerpted; & more. With many rare images of all-of-the-above & more, contemporary ads by WSB's UK publishers & sellers, etc. Large booklet in stapled wrappers. Shoaf, Section IV, No. 88, pg. 177; Schottlaender, G22, pg. 131. We somberly note that of all the contributors noted above, only Ely(?), Miles & Wilson remain with us in this life as of this writing, as we await our departure into Space & out of the clutches of Time...from the collection of Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date bibliography of WSB 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. A very scarce & most collectible WSB-&-Co. relic, with distinguished provenance. In near-fine condition with mild rubbing, browning, scratching, creasing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; staples beginning to rust with miniscule interior bleeding; very light rubbing to edges of text block. Interior fine with slight browning mostly to blank margins of inner cover & page leaves; very small creases, tiny bumps at corners of same; previous owner's (prior to Brian) small rectangular stamp at blank area near lower right corner of contents page (pg. 2); one short, closed tear of same first leaf at lower inner spine-edge & corner. Near Fine. [Item #4701]

Price: $80.00