[Item #6157] Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, Uncorrected Proof). William S. Burroughs.
Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, Uncorrected Proof)
Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, Uncorrected Proof)
Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, Uncorrected Proof)

Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, Uncorrected Proof)

ISBN: 0142003166
New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2003. First Edition Thus (Uncorrected Proof). Softcover. "Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch, an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junk, his first book, a candid, eyewitness account of times and places that are now long gone. This book brings them vividly to life again; it is an unvarnished field report from the American postwar underground. For this definitive 50th-anniversary edition, eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstakingly re-created the author's original text, word by word, from archival typescripts. Here for the first time are Burroughs' own unpublished introduction and an entire omitted chapter, along with many "lost" passages and auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. Harris's comprehensive Introduction reveals the composition history of Junk's text and places its contents against a lively historical background." (from back cover) The first published work of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond; among the greatest, most influential literary & cultural figures of all time- the patron-icon of our very enterprise. First published as a famously lurid-covered pulp paperback original during 1953 (see our item No. 4716), offered here is a pre-publication "Advanced Uncorrected Proof" (front cover) of the 50th Anniversary Definitive Edition, a trade-format softcover original first published in 2003. Edited & with a lengthy, deeply archeological introduction by the Great & Incomparable Dr. Oliver Harris, the foremost Burroughsian authority, prolific author & editor, academician & founder of the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu)- our most honored friend & colleague. Trade-format softcover in glossy wraps, pre-publication uncorrected proof as noted above with reference to "April 2003" publication at back cover. From the collection of Kevin Ring, editor & publisher of, & contributor to, Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions, & our good friend in the UK. This exact edition is not referred to in any of the three classic WSB bibliographies we consult, the closest is Schottlaender (new 5.0 edition!), A1(I), pg. 2. See also our item No. 5805. The foundational WSB collectible, a particular favorite of this writer who can recite key cosily depraved passages by heart, in an especially rare form & with distinguished provenance. In very fine condition with only a bit of rubbing to glossy front, back covers & spine; a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very slight rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #6157]

Price: $100.00