The Perfect Detective. Piero HELICZER.
The Perfect Detective.
The Perfect Detective.
The Perfect Detective.
The Perfect Detective.
The Perfect Detective.

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The Perfect Detective.

Amsterdam: Soyo Productions, 1989. First edition. 8vo. Printed wrps., stapled, 40pp. Prints three prose pieces by Piero Heliczer: "Border Boredom" (6pp.); "America" (8pp.); and "The Perfect Detective" (19pp.).

SIGNED by the author on the title page.

This copy was mailed by Heliczer to his first wife, Kate, and the return and mailing addresses have been handwritten by him on the back cover (postmarked "Amsterdam 29.1.89").

In addition, Piero has added a lengthy and warm inscription to Kate, dated "22.1.89", alongside a short message from his new wife, Klazien; a colour wedding photograph has been affixed by Piero inside the back cover showing him with his mother, Sabina, and his new family, all dressed in traditional costume, which he has captioned "funny that you married a doctor & i married a nurse love always piero", along with the date of the wedding "25.IV.87"; and on page 6 he has attached a crayon and ink drawing by his five year-old daughter, Wynn, captioned by him below.

Soyo Productions was founded by Benn Posset and named after his late Japanese wife (he later acquired the moniker Soyo Benn). Only two other titles from this imprint can be found by this cataloguer, one of them by Richard Hell, and print runs were small.

The title piece in this collection was originally written c. 1960/1961 (see item #36), and it (or at least a 2pp. section) was intended to appear in an unpublished book by Lynne Tillman, titled 'Americans Abroad', first begun in 1972 when Tillman was living in Amsterdam (works by Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, Mary Beach and Bill Butler were also to be included in the anthology). A reference in one of Piero's notebooks, dated '10.x.61', suggests that he either sent, or intended to send it to Anselm Hollo. The Boo-Hooray bibliography lists a 10pp. mimeographed pamphlet with this title, c. 1965, seen in facsimile only.

Blue airmail labels to wrappers (originally used to seal the edges), with three small patches of residue from their partial removal, o/w Near Fine.

A spectacular copy of a rare publication by Heliczer, rare also for its prose content. Only one copy can be located online in institutional holdings.

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