[Item #5899] The Third Mind. William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin.
The Third Mind
The Third Mind
The Third Mind
The Third Mind

The Third Mind

ISBN: 0670700991
New York, NY: Viking Press, 1978. First American Edition. Hardcover. "From his 1953 Junky to the now-classic Naked Lunch and his more recent Exterminator!, William Burroughs has remained one of the most controversial- and innovative- of contemporary writers. Through two decades of underground publication and court cases he has become known as this country's leading experimentalist...The Painter Brion Gysin, who said twenty years ago that writing was fifty years behind painting, invented one of Burroughs' most debated methods, the "cut-up"- scissors-and-paste assemblies of sentence fragments cut out of context and rearranged for totally new meanings. Like Joyce, Burroughs has long felt that the word, far from being sacred, is too often a barrier to meaning, a tool used by the powerful against the powerless. Here Burroughs and Gysin explore, document, and illustrate their "cut-up" method in a series of dazzling and often dizzying collaborations." (from front flap) The milestone collaboration between William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, among the foremost literary & cultural figures of all time; & Brion Gysin (1916-1986), the artist & writer who was WSB's great friend & colleague: THE THIRD MIND, to which we pay the utmost tribute as the very name of our enterprise. The cut-up method(s), while initially discovered serendipitously by Gysin, were perfected by WSB & given his sui generis literary & philosophical signature. This volume, published long after the 1960s cut-up height, represents a distillation of the cut-ups as practiced by WSB & Gysin, & includes their interviews & essays that explain their history & the ideas behind them. Offered here is the first American edition of The Third Mind, the first in English, preceded two years earlier (1976) by a French-language edition. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $12.95 price & "1178" printed at front flap), first edition, first printing, though neither explicated as such at copyright page which states "First published in 1978 by The Viking Press." Shoaf, Section I, No. 40, pg. 45; Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), A35(B), pg. 16. Shoaf, in his entry, notes that WSB "...wrote that the title stemmed from Think and Grow Rich, a twentieth-century guide to salesmanship by Napoleon Hill, who counseled that when two minds work together there is always a third one that results. Others have interpreted (that) the third mind comes from the interaction of writing and visual art." (pg. 45) Schottlaender, in his entry, notes that "Portions of this book appeared during the years 1960-1973..." in various publications as noted on copyright page; & that (per Barry Miles) the collaborators "...intended to have more than a hundred collages executed by Bill (Burroughs) and Brion (Gysin), using a grid system that Brion had worked out as the visual base...[but when published] it lacked most of its illustrations." (pg. 16) Believe us, we could go on & on about The Third Mind, but let's suffice to say it is among the rarest & most quintessential WSB-&-Co. collectibles of them all, & that this copy is in exceptionally very fine condition, indeed the best we've ever seen or obtained: Book with only mild-to-moderate fading at thin margin/edge of front board; very light wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine (silver-gilt lettering & graphics at latter completely bright & intact) incl. moderate fading of upper board-edges, one very small crease-gouge at lower right front board-edge with slight loss of black surface paper; mild browning & occasional spotting to upper edge of text block; much less to side & lower edges of same; very slight bending of spine toward front. Interior very fine with sight browning, light spotting to inner side edges of blank white rear endpaper & paste-down; very small rectangular area of moderate fading at black board margin/edge above upper edge of rear paste-down near spine; all page leaves appear tight, crisp & substantially mint. Dust jacket relatively quite very fine with mild browning, very slight rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one small, thin area (about 3/4") of minor chipping at upper edge of rear flap nearest left corner. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #5899]

Price: $400.00