NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.
NAKED LUNCH.

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NAKED LUNCH.

NY: Grove Press, November 1962. First US edition (re-titled "Naked Lunch"), and first hardbound edition (together with the publisher's prospectus).

SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Winston Leyland/ with all best wishes/ William S. Burroughs/ April 20, 1980". Leyland featured interviews with Burroughs in Gay Sunshine, which he edited and published from 1971.

The text in this edition differs quite extensively from the Olympia Press edition. At the request of Allen Ginsberg (who assisted Grove's editor, Irving Rosenthal), it incorporates excised material and also adds "Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness" and "Letter From a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs". Two months after publication the Boston police arrested a bookseller offering the novel, resulting in a protracted obscenity trial. The high court's ruling in July 1966 that the novel possessed "redeeming social value" and was not obscene effectively marked the end of literary censorship in the US.

Neat, one word name to upper edge of front free endpaper; tiny top corner bumps; gilt lettering to spine very slightly dulled, o/w abt. Near Fine in the first state dw. (faint dampstaining to internal lower edge, not visible externally, and slight rubbing to extremities). Overall, a bright, attractive copy (without the usual fading to the spine panel), and with a nice association. This edition had a smaller print run (3500 copies) than the first Olympia Press edition (5000 copies).

Together with: "William Burroughs NAKED LUNCH", an advance publicity pamphlet for the Grove Press edition, issued in October 1962. 8vo. Slim wrps., stapled. 16pp. Front cover photo of Burroughs. The prospectus contains excerpts from reviews of "Naked Lunch" by Terry Southern (2pp.) and E.S. Seldon (4pp.), and reproduces two sections from the book (8pp.). The back cover prints comments on "Naked Lunch" by John Ciardi, Norman Mailer, Robert Lowell, and Jack Kerouac. Very Good, with mild soiling and light creasing. Not often offered together with the book.

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