[Item #6024] Exterminator! William S. Burroughs.
Exterminator!
Exterminator!
Exterminator!
Exterminator!
Exterminator!

Exterminator!

ISBN: 0670302813
New York, NY: Viking Press, 1973. First Edition (Review Copy). Hardcover. "A distant cry echoes down cobblestone streets through all the grey basements up the outside stairs to a windy blue sky. "Exterminator!" " (pg. 8) In the pioneering study of WSB's work, William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need (expanded edition, 1977), Eric Mottram writes: "Exterminator! is a call for help, a cry of surprise, a shout of recognition, and a demand for the agent and his god to be exposed. Its formal virtuosity is placed strictly at the disposal of a definition of history and necessity, and an enquiry into the virulence of our addictions to conflict and the potentiality of our dreams of revolt." (pgs. 222-223) A compilation of "routines" into book form, Exterminator! is written in the relatively clearer post cut-up style that William S. Burroughs employed from The Wild Boys onward. Here we offer the very first edition of this WSB classic, hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $6.95 price & "0873" printed at front flap), first printing as stated on copyright page, with all points in Maynard & Miles, A23(a), pgs. 83, 85; Shoaf, Section I, No. 25, pg. 38; Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), A27(A), pg. 14. Additionally, between front paste-down & endpaper, is a loose sheet declaring this to be a "Review Copy" to be published on August 22, 1973, with publisher's logo & the solicitation to "kindly send us two clippings or notification/ of broadcast of your review of this book," in fine condition with mild-to-moderate browning esp. at left side of printed recto, right side of blank verso; occasional spotting; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners. From the collection of Kevin Ring- Editor, publisher & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here) & our good friend in the UK. An essential late-middle period WSB collectible in its very rarest contemporary form & with distinguished provenance. Book in relatively exceptionally very fine condition with only a hint of wear to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild browning, mild-to-moderate spotting to side edge of text block; much less to lower edge of same; slight fading, faint scratching to purple-brown-dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only a touch of browning mostly to blank margins/edges of page leaves. Dust jacket very fine with very slight rubbing, mild browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6024]

Price: $250.00