[Item #5903] Roosevelt After Inauguration. William S. Burroughs.
Roosevelt After Inauguration
Roosevelt After Inauguration
Roosevelt After Inauguration

Roosevelt After Inauguration

New York, NY: Fuck You Press, 1964. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. "Immediately after the Inauguration Roosevelt appeared on the White House balcony dressed in the purple robes of a Roman emperor and leading a blind toothless lion on a gold chain, hog-called his constituents to come and get their appointments. The constituents rushed up grunting and squealing like the hogs they were." (first paragraph, unpaginated) The famously scurrilous, vitriolic, delightfully demented early "routine" by William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, among the foremost literary & cultural figures of all time, & the very Patron-Icon of our enterprise. Based on an (undoubtedly drug-influenced) hallucinogenic dream as mentioned in a 1953 note to Allen Ginsberg, this routine was so scandalous even to WSB's standards that it was omitted from the first edition of The Yage Letters (1963), which does quote the note (pg. 42), part of which is quoted at front endpaper/preamble of this production: "Enclose a routine I dreamed up. The idea did come to me in a dream from which I woke up laughing--..." We proudly offer here the first separate publication of Roosevelt After Inauguration, preceded only by its inclusion in the journal Floating Bear No. 9 (1961). Mimeograph booklet in stapled wrappers with front cover artwork by Ginsberg, a production of Edward Sanders' Fuck You Press, at the center of the Mimeograph Revolution from "...a secret location in the lower east side, new york city(sic)/ Jan(uary) 1964" per rear endpaper. All leaves except covers printed on one side only, half recto & half verso. Maynard & Miles, A9(a), pg. 44; Shoaf, Section I, No. 9, pgs. 29-30; Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), A12, pg. 9. According to publisher's estimate as noted in the bibliographies, only 500 copies of this edition were printed. M&M notes that "On the first printing, the mimeo machine destroyed all of the pages; therefore all extant copies are of the subsequent printing." (pg. 44) There have been several subsequent appearances of RAI in compilations & as contributions to journals (including our item No. 5853, Intrepid No. 14/15), but this edition is one of the scarcest treasures in the WSB oeuvre. We have never before obtained this gem, & likely will not again, especially in such exceptionally very fine condition: Slightest touch of rubbing to front, back covers & stapled spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same & text block; staples just beginning to rust at exterior only with no discernable bleeding. Interior very fine with only very light browning to some page leaves (which are colored pink, white or blue); mild spotting at thin lower edges of a few of same; tiny bumps, creases at corners of some of same. Very Fine. [Item #5903]

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