Sundays Child. Piero HELICZER.
Sundays Child.


Sundays Child.

No place (NY): no publisher stated (The Rare Book Room), nd. (December 1987). First edition. 4to. Xeroxed sheets, stapled, with coloured paper front and back covers. 17pp.

SIGNED by Piero Heliczer on the title page, dated "new york 31.XII. 87".

A promotional flyer produced by The Rare Book Room and mailed by Heliczer to Bill Levy in late January 1988, previously sold by this cataloguer, states that the booklet was published in an edition of "Less than 10 copies", and describes it as "An autobiographical sketch of some 17 pages by a former child star of Italy ('Il Piccolo Pucci'), one of the earliest underground film-makers here (he also acted in Jack Smith's notorious 'Flaming Creatures', some of Warhol's earliest films), compulsive talker, womanizer - and, despite some occasionally wandering neurons - a fine poet. Mint. Signed by the author. 15.00".

Forming only the first part of an unfinished life story, the narrative ends with the young Piero still in Italy at the end of World War II, prior to his emigration to America. Heliczer is referred to in the third person throughout, and it seems plausible that the text may have been based on conversations with the owner of The Rare Book Room, Richard Rogers. The Rare Book Room was a small bookstore on Greenwich Avenue in New York owned by Roger and Irvyne Richards. Roger was a friend to most of the Beat writers, notably Gregory Corso, as well as a regular at Warhol's Factory, later claiming to "have the only copy of the SCUM Manifesto that Andy ever signed".

Minor handling wear, o/w a Near Fine copy of this fugitive production.