Paris: Olympia Press, July 1959. First edition. 12mo. Wrps. Dustwrapper designed by William Burroughs. Issued as no. 76 in the Traveller's Companion Series. Price on lower wrapper not cancelled (copies distributed following the revaluation of the Franc in January 1960 had the printed price stamped over). A very Near Fine copy, showing only faint discolouration to fore-edge, and with a tiny bump to tail of spine at corner of lower wrapper. Dustwrapper unusually intact and unblemished (only the slightest of creasing at the head and tail of spine panel). Housed in a handsome custom-made clamshell box, with marbled..... More about The Naked Lunch + Olympia Press Catalogue
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Ed. Michael Horovitz and David Sladen. 8vo. Wrps., 98pp. Also: Samuel Beckett ("Act Without Words 2"); Piero Heliczer ("paris a scenario for a silent movie", 3pp.); Cornelius Cardew ("Musical Space", 4pp.); Kurt Schwitters; John McGrath; Stevie Smith; Franciszka and Stefan Themerson; Victor Pasmore; Patrick Bowles; Alan Brownjohn; Bernard Kops; Charles Hamblett; Philip O'Connor; the editors, and others. A double-page spread reproduces photographs of several of the contributors, including Piero Heliczer and Cornelius Cardew (though not Burroughs). Very Near Fine. More about "Two Scenes. 1. The Exterminator Does a Good Job. 2. Coke Bugs" (4pp.) in NEW...
Paris: Two Cities Editions, 1960 (in fact, December 1959). First edition. Wrps. Cover design by Brion Gysin. The first collection of cut-ups. SIGNED by Brion Gysin on the title page. Spine panel slightly faded, with partial sunning to upper wrapper near spine; closed 1cm. tear to edge of lower wrapper. More about Minutes To Go
SF: The Auerhahn Press, July 1960. First edition. Wrps. Designed and printed by Dave Haselwood. Cover calligraphy by Brion Gysin. The second collection of cut-ups, containing material that Burroughs and Gysin completed before "Minutes To Go" was published. A clean and bright, Near Fine copy. 1000 copies printed. More about The Exterminator
4to. Ed. Milton J. Shapiro. "The Word is a first draft of a section of the book [The Naked Lunch] and contains material that has never been published before - given to Swank by poet Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs' close friend." The text is preceded by former Chicago Review editor John Fles's piece, "Uncle Bill Burroughs' Guided Tour: Naked Lunch" (1pp.). Also: Billie Holiday; Charlie Parker; Tuli Kupferberg; Bob Kaufman; David McReynolds on "The Search for Sex in Hipdom's High Society"; Jonas Mekas (4pp.); jazz reviews by Harlan Ellison; more. Neat clip from upper edge of p.29, o/w Very Good. More about "The Word" (2pp.) in SWANK Vol. 8, #3 (NY: July 1961
Ed. Maurice Girodias. 4to. Wrps., 80pp. Front cover colour photograph by Herman Leonard of Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville with their Dream Machine + "Flicker" by Ian Sommerville. Also: Terry Southern. Very Good plus. More about "Dream Machine" in OLYMPIA #2 (Paris: January 1962
Wiesbaden: Limes Verlag, 1963. First German edition, and the first hardback edition under the title of "Junkie" (the 1962 first Italian hardcover edition had the variant title "The Monkey on the Back"). Translated by Katharina Behrens. Very Good plus in dw. (short tears to fold of rear flap and top edge of lower panel; slight wear to head of spine panel). More about Junkie: Bekenntnisse eines unbekehrten Rausch-giftsüchtigen
SF: City Lights Books, 1963. First edition. 12mo. Wrps., 68pp. SIGNED by William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg on the title page (both signatures are relatively early, with the former not including the author's middle initial). An "early epistolary novel" by Burroughs, "detailing picaresque incidents of search for telepathic-hallucinogenic-mind-expanding drug Yage" (back cover blurb). The letters date from 1953 and record Burroughs' journeys through the Amazon jungle. Includes two drawings by Allen Ginsberg and his letters to Burroughs from 1960. Wrappers slightly rubbed, o/w a tight, Very Good plus copy. More about The Yage Letters
NY: Fuck You Press, 1964. First edition. 24mo. Mimeographed wrps., stapled. Cover vignettes by Allen Ginsberg. The routine, created by Burroughs and Kells Elvins while students at Harvard and originally intended for inclusion in "The Yage Letters", was censored by the English printers, and subsequently printed in issue #9 of Floating Bear, resulting in its editor LeRoi Jones being jailed. Ed Sanders published this first edition of approximately 500 copies in January 1964 from "a secret location in the lower east side". Near Fine. More about Roosevelt After Inauguration
Ed. Jeff Nuttall. Mimeographed and offset foolscap sheets, stapled. Illustrated. Also: Carl Weissner; Jeff Nuttall (on Sigma); Martin Bax. In addition to the old magazine tear sheets normally present, this copy has a typed manuscript sheet attached to the front, possibly one of Jeff Nuttall's. Slightly dog-eared, with edges frayed and tear to top right corner of final page. More about "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz" (first appearance) and "Letter to Sunday...
Ed. Jeff Nuttall. Mimeographed and offset foolscap sheets, stapled. Illustrated. One of 500 numbered copies in offset facsimile of the original manuscript. Also: Jeff Nuttall. Minor handling wear, o/w Near Fine. More about "The Dead Star" in MY OWN MAG #13 - 'Dutch Schultz Special' (Barnet, Herts: August 1965
SF: Beach Books, Texts & Documents, 1966. First edition thus (following the 1965 Fuck You Press edition of "10 or 20 copies"). Consists of a photo-offset reproduction of Burroughs' manuscript and scrapbook pages, featuring the three-column cut-up style, compiled by Mary Beach and Claude Pélieu. Light marking to upper wrapper, o/w Near Fine. More about APO-33: Bulletin, A Metabolic Regulator
Ed./pub. S. Shepard Sherbell. 4to. Illustrated throughout. Other contributors include Allen Ginsberg; Peter Orlovsky; Gregory Corso; LeRoi Jones; John Wieners; Tuli Kupferberg; Michael McClure; Gary Snyder; Norman Mailer; Kenneth Patchen; Paul Krassner; and Jonas Mekas. Very Good plus. More about "Fun and Games, What?" (4pp., illus.) in EAST SIDE REVIEW #1 - all published (NY:...
Ed. Jeff Nuttall. Mimeographed foolscap sheets, stapled. Illustrated. Also: Bill Butler; Claude Pélieu; Jeff Nuttall. Slight creasing to final page, o/w Near Fine. More about "Nut Note on the Column Cutup Thing", "WB Talking", "Quantities of the...
4to. Stapled wrps., approx. 50pp. Ed. Douglas Blazek. Other contributors include Charles Bukowski ("The Old Pro", a 3pp appreciation of Harold Norse); James Baldwin; William Carlos Williams; Anaïs Nin; Jack Hirschman; Dan Richter; Paul Carroll; and John Wilcock. Spine rubbed and slightly frayed. Very Good. More about "From William S. Burroughs, Writing of Norse's Exhibition in Paris of Cosmographs" in...
SF: Dave Haselwood Books, 1967. Second edition. Wrps. Redesigned cover. SIGNED by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin on the title page. Gysin has added a full-page calligraphic drawing in black ink on the second front free endpaper, initialled "BG 71", and inscribed it "for Allen De Loach". De Loach published Gysin and Burroughs in his literary magazine, Intrepid, for which Gysin provided the front cover calligraphic artwork. Wrappers slightly rubbed, o/w a tight, Very Good plus copy. 1000 copies printed. More about The Exterminator
SF: Beach Books, Texts & Documents, 1967. Second edition, expanded to 20 pages to include photo-collages by Jean-Jacques Lebel and Liam O'Gallagher. Wrps. A cut-up collaboration. Faint corner crease, o/w Near Fine. More about So Who Owns Death TV?
The '14-Hour Technicolor Read-In' issue, with psychedelic rainbow colour cover designed by Mike McInnerney, published to coincide with the benefit for International Times held at Alexandra Palace, north London on April 29, 1967. Also: John Latham; the New York Human Be-In; a feature on Conrad Rooks and "Chappaqua" by Simon Vinkenoog + an interview with Rooks; Bill Levy on the Bilderberg Conference; John Cage; UFO club ad. Faint old central horizontal fold; cover slightly rubbed along spine, o/w Very Good or better. More about A cut-out/cut-in psychedelic colour centrespread featuring cut-up texts from "Minutes To...
Burroughs confirms "his conversion" to "the controversial cult of Scientology", and corrects "the errors and misconceptions that might have arisen from Bulletin 2". He also gives a detailed account of the training and processing offered by the Scientology Organisation in London, including the use of the E-Meter: "As one who wasted four years and thousands of dollars on psycho-analysis I can testify that scientology processing… can do more in five hours than psycho-analysis can do in five years" (in a subsequent article he remembers this line as being ten hours/ten years). Burroughs ends the piece with several quotations from L...... More about "Scientology Revisited" (4pp.), Bulletin 4 of The Burroughs Academy series, in MAYFAIR...
Burroughs "projects us into the horrifying future of 1988, where guerrilla forces are trying to break down the total control of the police regime [and] predicts a nearer catastrophe, a teenage rebellion sparked off by an advertising campaign that turns into a nightmare." Also: a feature on menswear designers (including Peter Golding, former denizen of the Beat Hotel). Cover slightly rubbed and creased. Very Good. More about "The Fire Breaks Out" (3pp.), The Burroughs Academy/Bulletin 7, in MAYFAIR Vol. 3, #4...
London: Calder & Boyars, 1968. First UK edition, softcover issue. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Allen De Loach William Burroughs". Near Fine. More about The Ticket That Exploded
Published and edited by Carl Weissner. Large folio newspaper format, folded to make four pages. Measures 78x104cm. unfolded. Printed in blue on white stock. Illustrated with photographs and graphics. Also: Jürgen Ploog; Jan Herman; Claude Pélieu; Mary Beach; Harold Norse; Liam O'Gallagher; JG Ballard; Wolf Vostell; Allen Ginsberg; Sinclair Beiles; Abbie Hoffman; and Charles Bukowski. The Burroughs texts are in English, most of the rest are in German. Slight creasing, including along central vertical and horizontal folds, o/w Near Fine. More about "Abstract" and "The Invisible Generation", a postscript to "The...
Ed. Mary Beach. 4to. Stapled wrps. (unpaginated). A one-shot magazine given its title by Miles, who employed the Dada name finding technique at the Chelsea Hotel bar along with Claude Pélieu and Mary Beach when he pointed randomly at the menu. Also: Allen Ginsberg; Ed Sanders; Tuli Kupferberg; Ken Weaver; Peter Orlovsky; Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Wallace Berman; Carl Weissner; Claude Pélieu; Mary Beach; Joyce Mansour; Jeff Nuttall; Janine Pommy-Vega; Carl Solomon; George Andrews; Abbie Hoffman; Jerry Rubin; Charles Plymell; full-page photo of "Sunlove, Happening with The Soft Machine, 1967"; more. Lower wrapper a little rubbed and pages..... More about "Abstract" + "Post Script to The Invisible Generation" in FRUIT CUP #0 (NY:...
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1969. First edition. Clothbound. 353pp. Dw. photo of the author by Francis Isaac. Derived from his Uher tape recorder experiments, Gysin's first novel tells the story of Ulys O. Hanson's hallucinatory journey across the Sahara Desert, and takes in Gysin's encounters with L. Ron Hubbard and The Master Musicians of Joujouka along the way. Its central characters, Thay and Mya Himmer, were based on John and Mary Cooke, who financed Gysin's 1001 Nights restaurant in Tangier. Initial sales (fewer than 1000 copies) and reviews of the book were poor, but the novel has..... More about The Process
Ed. Allen De Loach. 4to. Stapled wrps., 104pp. Cover calligraphy by Brion Gysin. The 'Special Burroughs Issue', devoted to work by and about William Burroughs, including "Abstract", "The Cold Spring News", and seven other texts by him, several of them appearing for the first time. Also contains articles about Burroughs by Carl Solomon, Miles, and Eric Mottram, and texts on him by Claude Pélieu and Carl Weissner. Wrappers slightly marked, o/w Very Good. More about INTREPID #14/15 (Buffalo, NY: Winter 1969
London: Corgi Books, 1970. First UK mass-market p/b edition. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Allen De Loach William Burroughs". Pages tanned, o/w Near Fine. More about The Soft Machine
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First UK edition. Same text as the first American edition, except for some corrections and minor deletions (the US edition was itself revised and enlarged from the earlier French edition). The interviews cover a wide range of topics, including discussions of the cut-up technique, the E-Meter, sex, law enforcement, and drugs. Two small, unobtrusive brown marks to last page and rear endpaper; tiny bumps to corners of boards, o/w Near Fine in dw. More about The Job: Interview with William Burroughs by Daniel Odier
London: Cape Goliard, 1970. First edition. Blue paper-covered boards. Dw. front cover illustration and pictorial prelims. by R.B. Kitaj. A filmscript inspired by the official transcript of the last words of mobster Dutch Schultz, recorded by a police stenographer as he lay dying in hospital. The letter 'B' has been written at the top right corner of the upper board, o/w Near Fine in slightly rubbed dw. (not price-clipped). More about The Last Words of Dutch Schultz
London: Cape Goliard, 1970. First edition, softcover issue. SIGNED and inscribed by William Burroughs on the title page in four different colour felt-tip pens to Claude Pélieu and Mary Beach: "For Claude and Mary a thousand kim from the Dutchman William Burroughs." Pélieu and Beach published and translated several of Burroughs' books, and his inscription refers to an extract from the dying words of Dutch Schultz ("A boy has never wept nor dashed a thousand kim"), included by Burroughs in "Notes on Last Scene" towards the end of the book. One or two minor..... More about The Last Words of Dutch Schultz
containing "… and a final word from William Burroughs", printed alongside L. Ron Hubbard's "A Reply to William Burroughs". SIGNED by William Burroughs at his contribution. Single sheet folded twice to make 6 pages (28.5x62.5cm., unfolded), reproducing the original pages from the magazine. Hubbard's article (4pp.) is billed as a "World Exclusive" in which "he speaks out for the first time ever in a British publication to defend his creed against world-famous author William Burroughs". Burroughs' article was his last for Mayfair in the controversial exchange concerning Scientology. Minor handling creases, o/w abt. Near Fine. Not..... More about An offprint from MAYFAIR magazine Vol. 5, #6 (London: June 1970
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First UK edition. Dustwrapper reproduces paintings by Hamri (who appears in the book as 'Hamid'). Near Fine in dw. (spine panel slightly age-toned). More about The Process
Cambridge: Blackmoor Head Press, 1971. First edition, trade issue in wrappers. 4to. Printed for Henri Chopin and his Collection OU. Cover design by Brion Gysin. SIGNED by William Burroughs on the first preliminary page. An important Burroughs text (a discourse on tape cut-ups), with French translations by Jean Chopin, illustrated with drawings by Brion Gysin. One of 450 numbered copies (from a total edition of 500). Upper wrapper unevenly sunned, with two edges tanned, o/w about Near Fine. More about Electronic Revolution
Buffalo, NY: Intrepid Press, Beau Fleuve Series #2, 1971. First edition. Blue cloth. 108pp. The first full-length study of Burroughs' work. One of 1125 copies bound in cloth, of which 100 were signed by the author. Fine in Near Fine dw. More about William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need
London: Calder & Boyars, 1972. First UK edition. A collection of 18 separate stories, begun by Burroughs in 1967. Small bumps to two lower corners, o/w Near Fine in slightly rubbed dw. (partially removed publisher's price label to lower corner of upper flap). Red spine lettering unfaded. More about The Wild Boys. A Book of the Dead
Paris: Christian Bourgois Editeur, 1972. First French edition. 8vo. Wrps., 160pp. SIGNED and inscribed by William Burroughs on the half-title page to the book's translators, Mary Beach and Claude Pélieu: "For Claude and Mary who translated them William Burroughs". Small front cover photograph of the author by Harriet Crowder. Very Good plus (spine uncreased). More about Les Derniers Mots de Dutch Schultz
Ingatestone, Essex: March 1972. 10" LP record featuring audio-poems and readings by William Burroughs ("Valentine Day Reading", 1965), Brion Gysin ("Poems"), Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck, and J. A. da Silva. Most copies were issued with the complete periodical; this is one of approximately 75 copies released separately. Mint in cellophane inner sleeve and lightly used plain white card outer sleeve. More about OU Revue-Disque 40-41
Exeter: Kontexts Publications, 1972. Printed wrps., stapled. 4to. Unpaginated. Ed. Michael Gibbs and Hammond Guthrie. William Burroughs contributes "Abstract" (3pp.), and Brion Gysin two full-page calligraphic drawings. Other contributors include Harold Norse; Allen Ginsberg; Mary Beach; Jan Herman; Carl Weissner; Jürgen Ploog; Claude Pélieu; Bob Kaufman; Tuli Kupferberg; Charles Plymell; Tom Phillips; John Giorno; Jochen Gerz; and the editors. Spotting to upper wrapper; lower wrapper faintly discoloured. Very Good plus. 300 copies printed. More about Ginger Snaps: a collection of cut-ups/machine prose/word & image trips
In the first (92 words), Gysin thanks Levy for sending him a birthday greetings card featuring "the still from a movie I last saw in Marseille circa 1937: 'Soeur Vaseline' made circa 1918 [in fact, 1925] by and with the same man who became Pathé-Nathan [sic] news reels etc." Levy later accompanied this information with a reproduction of the still in question (a photograph of a nun fellating a monk) in his book, "Wet Dreams - Films & Adventures" (1973). Gysin adds that he would like to be sent any more information "on all this as it figures in the..... More about Two autograph postcards signed from Brion Gysin to Bill Levy, c. 1972
London: David Bruce & Watson, 1973. The first and only English-language edition in hardcover of William Burroughs' first book. Near Fine in dw. (with very small indent to left edge of upper panel near spine; slight rubbing to extremities; not price-clipped). 1500 copies printed. More about Junkie
NY: Viking Press, 1973. First edition. Brown cloth. Dw. front cover has sepia-toned photo of live roach-bug. SIGNED by William Burroughs on the title page. A collection of short routines and other material, mostly from "The Wild Boys". Near Fine in dw. More about Exterminator!
London: Aloes Press, 1973. First edition. B/w wrps., perfect bound, printed on grey paper. 74pp. Illustrated. A collection of various pieces, its title taken from a section of "The Soft Machine", including cut-up and three-column style texts ("Who Is the 3rd…?", "The Last Post Danger Ahead", and "From a Distant Hand Lifted"), originally published in little literary magazines such as Gnaoua, Spero, Underground Telegram, Kulchur, Arcade, Lines, Bulletin from Nothing, and Birmingham Bulletin. Also includes a piece by Alan Ansen, and Paul Bowles's essay, "Burroughs In Tangier". Near Fine. 1000 copies printed. More about White Subway
Brighton, Sussex: Urgency Press Rip-Off, nd. (c. late 1972/early 1973). First edition. Staple-bound, stiff pink pictorial wrappers. Printed on different colour papers, stapled and trimmed at the press operated by Bill Butler's partner, Mike Hughes, above the Unicorn bookshop in Brighton. Reprints ten of the Burroughs 'Academy Bulletins' from Mayfair magazine, along with other articles he wrote for them, together with an essay on Burroughs "originally presented as an M.A. thesis in Philosophy" by the book's publisher, Roy Pennington, who has signed this copy on the first page. Fine. One of 650 copies issued. More about Mayfair Acadamy Series More or Less
Göttingen: Expanded Media Editions, 1973. First edition thus. Wrps. (no hardcover issued). Bilingual English/German text (trans. Carl Weissner). First state, with text printed in turquoise on yellow ochre paper. Photographs of the author to lower wrapper and inside upper wrapper by Udo Breger. Contains a section from the novel "Exterminator!". Fine. More about Ali's Smile
Göttingen: Expanded Media Editions, 1973. First edition thus. Wrps. (no hardcover issued). Bilingual English/German text (trans. Carl Weissner). Second state, with text printed in turquoise on off-white paper. SIGNED and inscribed by Burroughs on the title page: "for Burt William S. Burroughs". Photographs of the author to lower wrapper and inside upper wrapper by Udo Breger. Contains a section from the novel "Exterminator!". Some age-toning to pages, o/w Fine. More about Ali's Smile
Frankfurt: Autumn 1973. First edition. Sm.4to. Wrps., 83pp. + ads. Illustrated. Contents printed in blue ink. Texts in German and English. Ed. Udo Breger; Silke Paull; & Erwin Stegentritt. William Burroughs contributes "Die Stadt der Mutanten" (6pp.), translated into German by Carl Weissner, a cut-up of Ezra Pound's words made in 1959; and another using Burroughs' and Rimbaud's words made in 1973. Other contributors include Mary Beach; Jorg Fauser; Michael Gibbs; Hammond Guthrie; Gerhard Hanak (from "Acid-Connection"); Charles Plymell; David Mayor; Harold Norse; Jeff Nuttall; Claude Pélieu; and Jürgen Ploog. Also contains a 6pp. cut-up checklist..... More about AQ 14: Cut-Up - eine Anthologie
Sm. 8vo. Wrps. SIGNED by Brion Gysin at his contribution (on page 1). Also: Jürgen Ploog; William Burroughs; John Giorno; Hammond Guthrie; photographs of David Bowie; more. Fine. Accompanied by the publisher's double-sided flyer announcing the journal's publication. More about "Joujouka", 5pp., in SOFT NEED #8 (Gottingen: Expanded Media Editions, September 1973
Sm. 8vo. Wrps. Also: Jürgen Ploog; William Burroughs; John Giorno; Hammond Guthrie; photographs of David Bowie; more. Near Fine. More about "Joujouka", 5pp., in SOFT NEED #8 (Gottingen: Expanded Media Editions, September 1973
Ingatestone, Essex: OU-editions, 1974. First edition. Oblong 8vo. Wrps. Drawings by Bob Gale. One of 50 deluxe copies numbered in Roman numerals and SIGNED by William Burroughs (this copy 'L', ie. no. 50), from a total edition of 400. Tri-lingual English/French/Dutch text, with translations by Jean Chopin and Jo Verbrugghen. A collaboration with artist Bob Gale focusing on Egyptian glyphs. Near Fine. More about The Book of Breething
Ingatestone, Essex: OU-editions, 1974. First edition. Oblong 8vo. Wrps. Drawings by Bob Gale. One of 350 copies (the colophon states each one is numbered, but none were), printed on paper Hollands van Gelder. Near Fine. More about The Book of Breething
NY: The Viking Press, 1975. Advance proof copy of the first US edition, consisting of four loose signatures, with publisher's announcement taped to upper wrapper. Screenplay format, including numerous photographs of Dutch Schultz and other gangsters of the time. This edition features substantial differences in text and format from the British Cape Goliard Press edition (item #30). Near Fine. More about The Last Words of Dutch Schultz
Frankfurt/Berlin/Wien: Verlag Ullstein GmbH, 1975. 12mo. Wrps., 110pp. SIGNED by William Burroughs on the first leaf. A reprint of the first German edition (1971); translation by Hans Hermann. Very Good plus. More about Die Letzen Worte von Dutch Schultz
NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1976. First edition, softcover issue (there was also a hardcover issue limited to 50 copies). Photo-illustrated. SIGNED by the author on the title page. A mixture of autobiographical fiction about the author's youth and family in St. Louis and material drawn from "Naked Lunch" and "The Wild Boys". Near Fine. More about Cobble Stone Gardens
NY: The City Moon, 1976. First edition, trade issue. Stapled wrappers. Illustrated with three full-page photographs. SIGNED presentation inscription by William Burroughs on the title page: "For Pat a member of the Johnson Family William S. Burroughs November 7, 1987". The recipient, Pat Marvin, was a friend and neighbour of Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas (he furnished his house in part with items acquired from her garage), and his appellation for her as a 'Johnson' was high praise (in his preface to "The Place of Dead Roads" Burroughs explains the meaning of the term he first encountered in Jack..... More about The Retreat Diaries
Ed. William Levy. Sm. folio. Wrps., 8pp. Designed by Willem de Ridder. Illustrated throughout, including a photograph of Brion Gysin in his Tangier restaurant by Herbert List. This infamous issue features Bill Levy's "Nothing Personal But... A Tale of Passion for Brion Gysin", his lengthy letter to John Michell on sexual shenanigans in Tangier involving previous girlfriends, Brion Gysin (and his cook Targuisti), with a passing reference to Heathcote Williams's self-immolation on Jean Shrimpton's doorstep. It also features Levy's notorious attack on Ian Sommerville ("A Portrait of a Humanoid"), in which he is described as a...... More about THE FANATIC No. 2: Special Low Mindedness Issue (Amsterdam: Winter 1976
4to. Wrps., 107pp.+ ads. Ed. Udo Breger. Cover by Brion Gysin and Udo Breger. Includes work by and about Gysin, featuring Steve Lacy, John Giorno, Jürgen Ploog, Patti Smith, Terry Wilson et al. Illustrated with photographs by François Lagarde, Felicity Mason, Udo Breger, and others. Near Fine. More about SOFT NEED #17 - Brion Gysin Special (Basel-Paris: Expanded Media Editions, October 1977
Geneva: Editions Claude Givaudan/Am Here Books, 1978. First edition, bilingual French/English text (published simultaneously with the English language issue). Sm. 4to. 430pp. Translations by Jean Chopin. Frontispiece photograph of Burroughs by Alan Pogue. One of 400 numbered copies (from a total edition of 500), printed at Grafica Gutenberg, Bergamo, Italy. Though not called for, this copy has been SIGNED by William Burroughs below the statement of limitation. A fascinating collection of letters, despite being heavily edited. Some of them had previously appeared in "The Yage Letters", and later several more were included in "The Letters of..... More about Letters to Allen Ginsberg/Lettres a Allen Ginsberg 1953-1957
NY: Viking, 1978. First US edition. Illustrated. SIGNED by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin on the half-title page. An important exposition of Burroughs and Gysin's cut-up and fold-in techniques of assemblage, tape recorder experiments and film, and a treatise on the process of collaboration: "The third mind is the unseen collaborator, the superior mind constructed when two minds are put together." Near Fine in dw. More about The Third Mind
Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Zweitausendeins, 1978, 1980 and 1982. First editions thus. 8vo. Bindings vary (first two volumes bound in faux snakeskin, the third volume in imitation leather). 744pp., 379pp., and 380pp. respectively, with ribbon page markers. A three volume anthology printing German translations by Carl Weissner of seven works by William Burroughs. Tipped-in frontispiece photograph of Burroughs by Charles Gatewood to volume I. Volume II SIGNED on the title page by William Burroughs, S. Clay Wilson ("To Bob", probably Wilson's friend, Bob Swick), and by Wilson's then girlfriend, Sabeth Thomas, who contributed the lettering and logos to..... More about Anthology. Vol. I. Junkie. Auf der Suche nach Yage. Naked Lunch. Nova Express. Vol. II. Die...
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978. First edition. 242pp. One of 50 copies numbered and SIGNED by William Burroughs (this one #48), from a total edition of 2000. 4pp. foreword by Burroughs, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. An indispensable bibliography, featuring numerous illustrations. Slight corner wear, and light scuffing to lower board, o/w Near Fine, without dw., as issued. More about William S. Burroughs: A Bibliography, 1953-73
Ed. Dominique Bedou. Wrps., 128pp. Front cover drawing by Brion Gysin, who has SIGNED this copy along the lower edge of the upper wrapper in blue ink, dated "Paris, 30 Mars 79". Back cover by Guy de Rougemont. Gysin contributes a translation into French by Gérard-Georges Lemaire of the first part of the first chapter of "Beat Museum - Bardo Hotel" (originally published in Soft Need #17). Photograph by François Lagarde of Gysin with Burroughs and the translator in Paris. Also: William Burroughs - a translation into French by Lemaire of "CCNY Lecture #11", first published..... More about "Beat Museum - Bardo Hotel" (4pp.), in IMPASSES #11/12 (Paris: 1978
London: John Calder, 1979. First edition, softcover issue. SIGNED by William Burroughs on the title page. Contains the texts of "Ah Pook Is Here", "The Book of Breeething" (illustrated with drawings by Bob Gale), and "Electronic Revolution". The title piece was originally planned as a picture book modelled on surviving Mayan codices, with illustrations by Malcolm McNeill, but appears here in the form of fiction. It originated from the large amount of 'Wild Boys' material and its central character, Mr. Hart, derives from a pulp fiction story Burroughs wrote as a teenager. "The Invisible Generation", first..... More about Ah Pook Is Here And Other Texts
Berkeley, CA: Blue Wind Press, 1980. Second clothbound edition. Oblong 8vo. Dark red cloth, with gilt lettering. One of 175 copies numbered and SIGNED by Burroughs. Fine. More about The Book of Breeething
Santa Barbara, CA: Cadmus Editions, 1981. First edition. 8vo. 54pp. Front cover portrait drawing of William Burroughs by David Hockney. One of 26 lettered copies, specially sewn and bound by Bela Blau, SIGNED by William Burroughs and David Hockney (this copy letter 'D'), from a total edition of 500 (there were also 349 issued in wrappers and 125 numbered copies in hardcover). Prints a collection of Burroughs' mid-'50s material. Fine in slightly age-toned, Near Fine tissue dw. (short, closed tear to top edge of upper panel). More about Early Routines
London: John Calder, 1981. First UK edition. Qtr. cloth. SIGNED and dated (October 2, 1982) on the title page by William Burroughs. The author's first full-length novel since "The Wild Boys", and the first part of his final trilogy of novels. American publisher's publicity sheet loosely inserted. Minor spotting to edges, o/w Fine in Near Fine dw. More about Cities of the Red Night
Ed. Bill Rich. Cover shows a detail from a collage by Burroughs. Prints a 5pp. interview with Burroughs conducted by the editor, together with a 6" flexi-disc ("Abandoned Artifacts") of Burroughs reading against a backdrop of manic guitar, percussion, and his own 'treated' voice on one side, and on the other side, "On The Nova Lark", recorded by Burroughs "in the early '60s in London or Tangiers." When Burroughs moved to Lawrence a few months after publication, the editor, a local punk scenester, became one of his assistants and companions. Also: interviews with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy ldol, and Iggy..... More about TALK TALK Vol. 3, #6 (Lawrence, Kansas: Autumn 1981
Single sheet, folded three times. Ed. F. A. Nettelbeck. Contains the first of Burroughs' four contributions to this tiny magazine (Jerry Falwell was a right-wing religious leader and televangelist who founded the Moral Majority in 1979). Other contributors to this issue include John Giorno, John M. Bennett, and the editor. Burroughs subsequently contributed to issues #6, #12 and #15. Fine. More about "Now To Say A Few Words About Falwell and his Moron Majority" in THIS IS IMPORTANT #3...
Santa Barbara, CA: Am Here Books Catalogue Five, 1981/1982. 4to. Stiff glossy wrps. Cover design by Richard Aaron. A catalogue of modern literature offered for sale (more than 2000 items), with commentary by William Burroughs ("The Last Words of Hassan-i-Sabbah", which runs through the catalogue as a tickertape at the top of each page and culminates in two full pages), Robert Creeley, Tom Clark, and others. A 7" vinyl record of Burroughs reading the text (recorded at the Beat Hotel c. 1959) is located in a pocket on the inside rear cover. One of 500 copies..... More about In The Beginning Was The Word. A Collection of Post-Modern Poetry Books, Manuscripts & Letters
NY: Seaver Books, 1981. First edition. Qtr. cloth. 250pp. Photo-illustrated throughout. Frontispiece portrait of Burroughs by Robert Mapplethorpe; lower panel dw. photo by Marcia Resnick. Publisher's advance flyer and press release laid in, along with a short typed letter signed to Victor Bockris from his agent, and a small tls from V. Vale (Re/Search) to Jon Savage: "finally here is the long-awaited With William Burroughs by bockris, some good stuff in there actually as well as good photos". Prints transcripts of taped conversations between Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Miles, Lou..... More about With William Burroughs: A Report From The Bunker
29.5x41.7cm. Reproduces a b/w collage by Brion Gysin, incorporating a section from "Roller Poem" (1977), a photograph by Christian Taillandier from his performance at the Domaine Poétique in Paris (1961), a double-exposure self-portrait (c. 1961), and ID documents (the poster was later reproduced on the title page spread in the monograph on his work, "Brion Gysin: Tuning in to the Multimedia Age"). The exhibition at the October Gallery, Gysin's first London show since 1958, featured Antony Balch's collection of oil paintings and works on paper, and screened two of Balch's films, "The Cut Ups" and "Towers Open Fire"..... More about Small poster announcing the exhibition of paintings by Brion Gysin shown at the October Gallery,...
Berkeley, CA: Inkblot/Am Here, 1982. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps., 27pp., printed on rectos only. One of 300 numbered copies (this one not numbered, possibly none of them were). The colophon states that there were also 26 lettered and signed copies, but these never materialised. Prints a previously unpublished manuscript by Gysin, an extract from "The Last Museum", although this edit did not appear in the final book. Covers slightly age-toned, o/w Very Good plus. More about Beat Museum - Bardo Hotel, Chapter 2
NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1983. First edition. Qtr. orange-brown cloth, spine titled in metallic silver. SIGNED on the title page by William Burroughs. The sequel to "Cities of the Red Night", whose central character (and the author's alter ego), Kim Carsons, was modelled in part on Denton Welch. Near Fine in dw. (one minutely tiny closed tear). More about The Place of Dead Roads
Montpellier: Gris Banal, 1983. First edition. Wrps., unpaginated. Photo-illustrated throughout. Translated into French by Brice Matthieussent. A series of autobiographical writings, an excerpt of which appeared in "Here To Go", but which otherwise remain unpublished in English (Gysin referred to it as his "baby book"). Grey wrappers partially sunned at extremities, o/w Near Fine. More about Légendes de Brion Gysin
SF: City Lights, 1984. First edition. Black cloth. 228pp. Introductory essays by James Grauerholz, Paul Bowles, and Alan Ansen. Includes the complete texts from "The White Subway", "The Retreat Diaries", and "Cobblestone Gardens", along with numerous other contributions to small magazines, and prints facsimile pages from Burroughs' cut-up scrapbooks, "The Book of Hours", "John Brady's Book", and "The Old Farmer's Almanac". Slight tanning to pages, o/w Fine in dw. One of 300 clothbound copies. More about The Burroughs File
Brooklyn, NY: Hand-Job Press, 1984. The true first edition, not to be confused with the Odd-Job Press piracy. 16mo. Wrps., unpaginated (12pp.). A short story inspired by a local cat, a Russian Blue, that became Burroughs' close companion in Lawrence, Kansas. One of 500 numbered copies. Fine. Scarce (according to bibliographer Eric Shoaf, copies "almost never appear on the market"). More about Ruski
Oakland, CA: Inkblot Publications, 1984. First edition. Wrps. (matte finish). Contains seven early short stories, including "Ariadne on Naxos", the only surviving fragment of a much longer work, and "Memoirs of a Mythomaniac", which had been "turned down by many a New York publisher". Lower wrapper lightly soiled, o/w Near Fine. More about Stories
London: Picador/Pan Books Ltd., 1985. First UK edition. Black paper covered boards lettered in silver on spine. An autobiographical narrative of gay life in an American expatriate community in Mexico City during the late 1940s. Though written in the third person, it started as a sequel to "Junk", and Burroughs began writing it in March 1952 while still finishing "Junky". It was rejected by A.A. Wyn in 1952, and the manuscript lay dormant for more than 30 years. In his lengthy introduction, in which among other things he discusses his accidental shooting and killing of Joan Vollmer in..... More about Queer
London: Quartet Books, 1985. First UK edition. Black boards. 273pp. + index. Photo-illustrated throughout. Contains introduction and texts by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Prints Wilson's series of in-depth interviews with Gysin, in the course of which he discusses all aspects of his life and work. Publisher's publicity sheet laid in. Near Fine in dw. Together with: The Voice Inside Or: Four Ears and Two Tongues. Terry Wilson interviewed by Ian MacFadyen 10th August 1998. Np. (London): privately printed, nd. 4to. 43pp., printed on rectos only, bound by a plastic spine clip with clear plastic covers. Front cover..... More about Here To Go: Planet R-101. Brion Gysin Interviewed by Terry Wilson
Both single sheets, each folded twice for mailing, accompanied by the original envelope from Burroughs' letter (franked Kansas City August 6, 1986, and bearing the stamp of 'William Burroughs Communications'). Burroughs' description of Gysin's final weeks (he died on July 13), his cremation at Pere Lachaise, and the projected hommage to him organised by Ira Cohen is written in a very matter-of-fact style, possibly an indication of the depression he fell into following the death of his friend. His closing remark - "I wish I could have seen him one more time" - adds a poignant note (in..... More about A typed letter signed ('William') from William Burroughs to Harold Norse, dated August 4, 1986,...
Sudbury, MA: Water Row Press, 1986. First edition, softcover issue. 46pp. Frontispiece tipped-in photo by Allen Ginsberg of the author with William Burroughs at Villa Mouneria, Tangier (1957), pretending to re-enact the hanging scene from "Naked Lunch". An insightful essay by Burroughs' old friend, who helped type and prepare the manuscript of "The Naked Lunch" for publication. One of 500 numbered copies (this one #15). Near Fine. Together with: an original b/w glossy photographic print of Ginsberg's frontispiece photo of Burroughs and Ansen (10x13cm.). Fine. More about William Burroughs
NY: George Mulder Fine Arts, 1988. First edition, softcover issue. Unpaginated. Reproduces in full colour the entire suite of ten large-scale lithographic prints by Keith Haring with accompanying text sheets by William Burroughs. Burroughs, who first met Haring at Victor Bockris's New York apartment in 1983, considered the results of their collaboration to be of "equal weight and purpose... My texts were perfectly understood and perfectly rendered." Fore-edge slightly creased; overall, Very Good plus in blue paper wrappers and illustrated dw. More about Apocalypse
Np.: R. Botnik T.V./The World Network System Communication, 1988. First edition, limited to 100 numbered copies. Stapled booklet (16pp.). Illustrated with two calligraphic drawings by Brion Gysin. Prints a lengthy text by Andrew McKenzie (of The Hafler Trio) + a colour insert advertising the Kk Records edition of the Dreamachine in kit form, and a sheet printing typescript 'Instructions for use'. Edges of wrappers faded, o/w Very Good plus. More about Brion Gysin's Dreamachine
Np: Cherry Valley Editions, 1989. First edition. 8vo. 53pp. Black cloth, issued without dw., with title lettering in silver. Illustrations by S. Clay Wilson. SIGNED by William Burroughs on the title page. A collection of short prose pieces, including the crime melodrama "Where he was going", and the prose poem, "Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986". Publisher's card prospectus printing one of S. Clay Wilson's illustrations for the book loosely inserted. Fine. More about Tornado Alley
NY: Paragon House, 1990. First edition. 8vo. Qtr. cloth. 210pp. + 8pp. photo-insert. Burroughs contributes a 3pp. foreword: "Huncke is a great storyteller and never more entertaining than when recounting some horrific misadventure… an honest, readable, informative book which incidentally mirrors the human condition." Review copy, with publisher's printed sheet loosely inserted. Accompanied by a promotional metal badge (5.5cm. diameter). Horizontal line to upper panel of dw., as if lightly scored by a blade, (dw. now protected in a mylar sleeve so barely noticeable), o/w Near Fine. More about Guilty of Everything: The Autobiography of Herbert Huncke
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991. First edition. Brown cloth. 274pp. Dw. photo of William Burroughs by Kate Simon. A collection of 25 essays arranged chronologically, spanning three decades, representing both positive and negative criticism of Burroughs' writing, and including an afterword by Burroughs in which he assesses the critical reception of his work. Fine in dw. More about William S. Burroughs At the Front: Critical Reception, 1959-1989
Np: The Gap/Subliminal Books, 1992. First edition. 12mo. Wrps., unpaginated. Illustrated with photographs and graphics. Published to coincide with the 'Here To Go' show, a series of events in tribute to William Burroughs and Brion Gysin held in Dublin in September 1992. The book contains a series of interconnected essays examining the collaborations between Burroughs and Gysin, and prints tributes to Gysin from Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Paul Bowles, Stanley Booth, Ira Cohen, John Giorno, Hamri, Anne Cummings, Keith Haring, Bill Laswell, Anne Waldman, and James Grauerholz. Together with: a set of 16 postcard-sized cards..... More about Man From Nowhere: Storming The Citadels of Enlightenment with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin
Brighton, Sussex: Temple Press Limited, 1992. First amended and expanded edition. Stapled red card wrps., unpaginated (24pp.). Prints assembly instructions and templates, along with a 3pp. introduction and an article reprinted from Rapid Eye magazine. Fine. More about Dreamachine Plans created by Brion Gysin
Caen: I.C.B.M./Herouville Saint Clair: Editions Cactus, 1993. First edition. 16mo. Wrps., 176pp. Cover photograph by Charles Gatewood. Illustrated with 23 b/w photos. Published to accompany an exhibition held in Paris ("Brion Gysin Play Back") in January/February 1993. Texts in French, some with parallel English translations. Contributors include William Burroughs; Hamri; Lawrence Lacina; Udo Breger; Bernard Heidsieck; Henri Chopin; Ira Cohen; John Giorno; Guy Schraenen; John Geiger; Steve Lacy; and Daevid Allen. Near Fine. More about Brion Gysin 23
NY/London: High Risk/Serpent's Tail, 1995. First edition thus. Pictorial laminated boards. Limited edition of 125 numbered copies SIGNED by William Burroughs (this one #108). Illustrated with b/w images of paintings by the author. Burroughs' novella, set primarily in Madagascar and concerning a series of deadly viruses that plague humankind, was first published in 1991 in a special limited edition by the Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Fine in publisher's slipcase, with pull-out ribbon, as issued. More about Ghost of Chance
London: Picador, 1995. First UK edition. Lurid dw. cover illustration by Charles Burns. Ian Sommerville and Brion Gysin are among the familiar roll call of characters who populate the hundreds of dreams recounted by William Burroughs, and their equally well known settings include Mexico City, Tangier, and Wheeler's of Old Compton Street in Soho, the restaurant of choice for Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, the latter of whom would sometimes dine there with Burroughs. Fine in dw. More about My Education: A Book of Dreams
NY: Grove Press, 1998. First edition. 532pp. Edited by James Grauerholz and Ira Silverberg, both of whom have SIGNED and warmly inscribed this copy on the title page. Introduction by Ann Douglas. Prints eight sections and extracts from "The Naked Lunch", along with other selections from Burroughs' most important work. A CD of Burroughs reading (a selection from "The Best of William Burroughs From Giorno Poetry Systems") is contained in a sleeve (unopened) at rear of the book. Fine in dw. More about Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader
Oakland/Brisbane: Inkblot/Xochi, 2000. First edition. Sm. 4to. White pictorial wrps., 76pp. Cover calligraphy by Gysin. 76pp. Limited edition of 99 copies only. Introduction by Jürgen Ploog; preface an excerpt from "Here To Go". Illustrated with two b/w photographs of Gysin and six reproductions of his calligraphy. Includes texts by Gysin on the Beat Hotel and on his method of painting; "A Quick Trip to Alamut: the celebrated Castle of the Head-Hash Assassins"; and two interviews with him, one by Jenny Skerl and the other by the book's publisher, Theo Green. Minor wear at head and tail of spine; wrappers slightly..... More about Who Runs May Read
Brisbane: Xochi, 2001. First edition. 16mo. Wrps. (no h/c issued), 58pp. Illustrated (including a photograph of Burroughs in Lecumberri Prison). Introduction by Jack Sargeant. Limited to 123 copies. Contains an essay by Michael Spann about the years Burroughs lived in Mexico (1949-52), and in particular the origins of two of his most memorable Mexican characters, his lawyer Bernabé Jurado, who appears throughout his work, and Lola 'La Chata', the most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico City from the 1930s through to the 1950s. Spann also provides a detailed account of Burroughs' accidental shooting of his wife, Joan Vollmer..... More about WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS' UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS: Lola 'La Chata' & Bernabé Jurado
Spicewood, TX: Benjiman Spooner Books, 2001. 8vo. Unpaginated (18pp.). One of only 5 numbered copies specially clothbound by Don Sanders (this one #2), from a total edition of 130 (there were also 99 numbered and 26 lettered copies in wrappers). SIGNED by Michael Stevens on the title page. Previously unpublished colour photographic print of William Burroughs laid in. Taking its title from Burroughs' cut-up text, "A Distant Hand Lifted", Stevens' bibliographic checklist provides a list of books for which Burroughs contributed accompanying texts. It came about after Stevens, a book scout, began "spending most of my..... More about A Distant Book Lifted: Blurbs, Forewords, Afterwords, Introductions, Prefaces, and other items...
Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, 2003. First edition. Wrps., 120pp. Illustrated with photographs (incl. Huxley, Gysin, Sommerville, Tony Conrad) and drawings throughout. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Review copy, with publisher's printed sheets laid in. Fine. An examination of the intersection between art, science and the exploration of consciousness, with specific reference to the pioneering work of Ian Sommerville and Brion Gysin. Introduction by Leila Hadley (who became an advocate of the commercial potential of the Dream Machine after viewing it at a small gallery in Tangier in 1964). Gysin demonstrated an early version to Allen..... More about Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine
NY: Disinformation, 2005. First edition. Lge. 8vo. 336pp. + 16pp. photo-insert. Dw. front cover photograph by Carl Van Vechten (New York, 1957); back cover photograph by Harold Chapman (Paris, 1963). The first biography of Gysin, authorised by William Burroughs, his literary executor. Fine in dw. More about Nothing Is True Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin
NY: HarperCollins, 2012. First edition. 8vo. 444pp. + two 8pp. photo-inserts. Edited and with an introduction by Bill Morgan. Collects letters from William Burroughs to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Brion Gysin, Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary, Paul Bowles, Alexander Trocchi, Ian Sommerville, Mikey Portman, and his son, Billy Burroughs Jr., among others. The book's title originates from Brion Gysin's typewriter permutations published in "The Exterminator" in 1960 in which he replaced the words "Rub Out The Words" with the symbols % $ & and #, an experiment Burroughs later appropriated. Fine in dw. More about Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1959-1974