[Item #5901] William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need. Eric Mottram, William S. Burroughs.
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need

William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need

Buffalo, NY: Intrepid Press, 1971. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. "(William S. Burroughs) is a humanist of deconditioning whose writing has steadily explored the nature of obedience, and has therefore investigated and dramatized fully the central concern of our time: The nature of power." (pg. 108) The earliest, & still among the most insightful, critical studies of William S. Burroughs' whole literary oeuvre through about 1970. Author Eric Mottram (1924-1995) was a noted British critical writer, editor, poet & academician who befriended WSB during his residency in London during the 1960s- early 1970s. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, "First Edition" as stated on copyright page, from first hardcover edition of 1125 copies (of a total edition of 3500 copies) per colophon. Published by Allen DeLoach's Intrepid Press as No. 2 in its "Beau Fleuve Series." Shoaf, Section IV, No. 30, pg. 170; Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), I54(A), pg. 196. An expanded edition of this study was first published in 1977. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary poet & co-founder, with John Sinclair, of the Detroit Artists' Workshop. See also our item No. 5853 (Intrepid No. 14/15, Fall-Winter 1969-1970 issue, much-devoted to a shorter, earlier version of this work). An essential, now-classic milestone of Burroughsian Skullership, in its rarest original limited trade-hardcover form & with distinguished provenance. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine. Interior very fine with only very small areas of surface-paper loss at upper left margin/edge of front paste-down & upper right margin/edge of front endpaper (both blank light-grey, quite possibly minor flaws as issued); otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket relatively near-fine-verging-on-fine with mild rubbing, faint scratching & creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; very light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; several mostly closed, short tears at various corners & edges with slight loss of paper esp. from upper right edge of back cover. Very Fine / Near Fine- Fine. [Item #5901]

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