NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1960. First edition. 8vo. Black cloth, with titles to spine and upper board in red and silver. Dustwrapper cover photograph by Richard Seaver; author's photo to lower panel by Jane Lougee. Trocchi's best known work, set in Scotland and New York (based in part on his experiences working on the Hudson River), and a classic of modern drug literature. Wallace Berman published the first excerpt from it in Semina Two (December 1957) during the period Trocchi spent living in Venice Beach, California with his American wife, Lyn Hicks, and it was Hicks who helped..... More about CAIN'S BOOK
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London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1961. First UK edition and the first edition in hardcover. Dw. design by August von Briesen. A more 'literary' version of Trocchi's novel, originally published under the pseudonym 'Francis Lengel' by Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press in 1954. Edges slightly spotted, o/w Very Good plus in dw., with slight soiling to flap extremities. Small ownership label of Alexis Lykiard to front free endpaper (Lykiard wrote the introduction to "Wholly Communion", in which he describes Trocchi as having "done a difficult job well" in compering the International Poetry Incarnation). More about YOUNG ADAM
NY: New American Library/Signet, 1961. First edition (p/b original). 160pp. Contains a revised version of "Young Adam", plus four short stories - "A Being of Distances", "The Holy Man", "Peter Pierce", and "A Meeting". A very Near Fine, unread copy. More about THE OUTSIDERS
Paris: The Traveller's Companion Series, 1962. First edition thus. Sage green wrps., 189pp. Trocchi's first novel, originally published in 1954 as "Helen and Desire" by the Olympia Press as volume 2 of its Atlantic Library Series, and the first written under his pseudonym 'Frances Lengel'. Minor lower left corner crease to back cover, o/w Near Fine. More about DESIRE AND HELEN (as Frances Lengel
John Calder, 1963. First UK edition. Red boards, with gold spine lettering. Dustwrapper reproduces a photograph of one of Trocchi's sculptures, or 'futiques' as he called them ("what will be prized as an antique tomorrow"; years later Timothy Leary used the term for the name of one of his software companies, Futiques, Inc.). This edition of "Cain's Book" was seized by the police at bookshop in Sheffield and went to trial for obscenity in April 1964. The court's judgement was the first in Britain to condemn a book for obscenity not for its sexual content but for "the..... More about CAIN'S BOOK
Ed. Francis Hitching. Contains "The Junkie and the Novel" by (concrete poet/artist) Alan Riddell, a generally positive 2pp. feature on Alexander Trocchi, taking in his recent public spat with Hugh MacDiarmid in Edinburgh, commentary on "Young Adam" and "Cain's Book", news that he "is now working on a third novel, It's a Long, Long Way to Guadalahara", and ending with a quote from Trocchi: "Burroughs stunned himself out of existence. I can live with heroin." Also: British folk singer Maureen Martin (see also item #171); "The Trials of Henry Miller" (4pp.); Dr. Strangelove + interview with..... More about SCENE #21 (Soho, London: March 23, 1963
NY: Frederick Fell, 1963. First edition. 8vo. 366pp. Edited by Richard Seaver, Terry Southern and Alexander Trocchi. Contains contributions from William Burroughs ("From Naked Lunch", 10pp., preceded by ES Seldon's pre-review of "Naked Lunch", 5pp., which had originally appeared in Evergreen Review and the Grove publicity pamphlet); Allen Ginsberg; Antonin Artaud; Louis-Ferdinand Céline; Jean Genet; Herman Hesse; Eugene Ionesco; Hubert Selby Jr.; Samuel Beckett; and others. Very Good plus in slightly rubbed and nicked, price-clipped dw. More about WRITERS IN REVOLT: AN ANTHOLOGY
8vo. Stapled wrps. Contains "The Spontaneous University" (4pp.) by Alexander Trocchi, an extract from "The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" (the full version of which first appeared in the June 1962 issue of New Saltire magazine). Also: "Anarchism and the Cybernetics of Self-Organising Systems" by John D. McEwan; and "Beatnik as Anarchist?" by Ian Vine (5pp.). Very Good plus. More about ANARCHY #31 [Vol. 3, No. 9] (London: Freedom Press, September 1963
Project Sigma, which grew out of Alexander Trocchi's involvement with the Situationist International (he was expelled by Guy Debord in 1963), was an ambitious attempt to establish an international network of countercultural activism focused on institutions Trocchi perceived as limiting free expression, including the media, universities and workplaces. The Sigma Portfolio, circulated on a subscription basis, was the concrete manifestation of his project, an invitation to recipients (artists, writers and intellectuals) to participate with their own contributions, as well as acting as an exemplar of underground self-dissemination. Several issues were mimeographed by Jeff Nuttall, sometimes assisted by Bob..... More about PROJECT SIGMA. A broken run of 20 issues of the Sigma Portfolio (London: c. 1963- 1966). Formats...
Broadsheet poster featuring texts by William Burroughs ("Martin's Folly"), Kenneth White, Alexander Trocchi and Antonin Artaud. Offset litho. 75.5x49.8cm. The first publication from Trocchi's Sigma Portfolio. An almost pristine, unfolded copy, and scarce thus, with just a single, tiny closed tear to upper edge and the barest of creasing to extremities. More about THE MOVING TIMES. London: Sigma Portfolio #1, nd. (c. late 1964
Broadsheet poster featuring texts by William Burroughs ("Martin's Folly"), Kenneth White, Alexander Trocchi and Antonin Artaud. Offset litho. Second issue, printed in two halves on both sides of a single sheet. 33.7x43.5cm. A little edge-worn, but overall Very Good plus. More about THE MOVING TIMES. London: Sigma Portfolio #1, nd. (c. late 1964
Trocchi's development of the thesis outlined in "The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds", including an explanation of the reasons behind the choice of the word 'sigma'. 3 foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Very Good plus. More about SIGMA: A Tactical Blueprint. London: Sigma Portfolio #3, nd
4 foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Ink lines through part of title at upper edge and Trocchi's address to lower edge, o/w Very Good. More about SIGMA GENERAL INFORMATION SERVICE EXISTENTIAL CONSULTANTS LONDON PARIS NEW YORK. London: Sigma...
RD Laing's important essay on psychotherapy, delivered at the Sixth International Congress for Psychotherapy in London, August 1964. 3 foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Very Good. More about PRACTICE AND THEORY - THE PRESENT SITUATION. London: Project Sigma #6, nd. (1964
Introduction states: "We consider the letter (e.g. the Lettristes of Paris of the early fifties) a very contemporary medium." 2 foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Near Fine. More about LETTER from STAN BRAKHAGE to ROBERT KELLY. London: Sigma Portfolio #10, nd
A critical report by Marcus Field on John Calder's inaugural Writers Night, held at Better Books in November 1964. Single foolscap sheet, mimeographed, printed recto only. Very Good plus. More about THE MOVING TIMES… special supplement. London: Sigma Portfolio #13, c. November 1964
London: Sigma Portfolio #21, nd. An essay by Michael McClure, reprinted from "Meat Science Essays". 4 foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Near Fine. More about REVOLT
A reprint of Kenneth White's paper, read by the author in December 1964 to the Jargon Group in Glasgow. Two foolscap sheets, mimeographed, printed on both sides, stapled at top corner. Near Fine. More about JARGON PAPER No. 1. London: Sigma Portfolio #23, c. December 1964
17.3x25.4cm. Satin finish. Probably printed in the late 1990s or early 2000s. A copy of The Moving Times broadsheet poster can be seen affixed to the wall in the background (in another of Hoppy's shots from the same sequence a small pile of folded copies of the poster is visible on his desk). Early in the previous year both Trocchi and Sommerville featured in Antony Balch's film, 'Towers Open Fire', the former as chairman of the board (it was shot in the boardroom of the British Film Institute). Trocchi's three-roomed flat had been found..... More about An original b/w photograph by John Hopkins of Alexander Trocchi with Ian Sommerville in Trocchi's...
Ed./pub. Bob Guccione. Contains a 7pp. transcript of a symposium on "the changing British moral climate", with participants Alexander Trocchi, Laura del Rivo, Colin Wilson, Alan Sillitoe, Stuart Holroyd, and Bill Hopkins. Also: a brief review of Roland Kirk at Ronnie Scott's; "Paris, My Paris" by Wolf Mankowitz; Gerald Kersh; Julian Huxley (on human evolution); Allen Edwardes (on erotic freedom); Dr. Alex Comfort ("On Subliminal Self-Advertising"); "Penthouse People", incl. hairdressers Raphael & Leonard, television producer Philip Saville (married to playwright Jane Arden), and Dudley Moore. Minor wear at spine, o/w a Near Fine copy of the premiere issue. More about PENTHOUSE Vol. 1, No. 1 (London: Penthouse Publications Ltd., March 1965
Ed. Jeff Nuttall. Mimeographed foolscap sheets, stapled. Includes a 1pp. piece on Trocchi's Project Sigma by Jeff Nuttall: "To be sigma, as I understand it, is to hold the following simple premise - that people must now change or become extinct." It concludes with "a list of people and organisations My Own Mag has made contact with who, in different ways, seem to be attempting to bring such a change" (among those included in the list are "The Situationists… Allen Ginsberg etc…. Tuli Kupferberg & Birth Press… Wm. Burroughs & Fellow Time-Space travellers… Jim Haynes… The Castalia Foundation…..... More about MY OWN MAG #12 (Barnet, Herts.: May 1965
Sm. folio. Newsprint. Contains "Why Drugs?" by Alexander Trocchi, a 2pp. article in defence of the use of marijuana and heroin (it follows "The Drug Danger: A Need for Facts" by TCN Gibbens, written in the wake of the death of Joshua Macmillan. Also: Rory McEwen on Bob Dylan; cover art by Barry Fantoni. Together with: i) THE LISTENER Vol. LXXIII, No. 1887 (London: May 27, 1965). Contains "Drugs as Escapism", a (sympathetic) response to Trocchi's article by Rev. Bruce Kenrick of the Iona Community. ii) NEW SOCIETY No. 166 (London: December 2, 1965). Contains a...... More about NEW SOCIETY Vol. 5, No. 138 (London: May 20, 1965
Single quarto sheet of blue paper, mimeographed, recto only. The final bulletin (of three), announcing "Readings, Improvisations, Happenings, Symposium & Final Poets Communique", with a much-expanded list of "Participating guests to date". In addition to those participants announced on the first two bulletins (Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alexander Trocchi et al) the names of (among others) Paolo Lionni, Bruce Lacey, Feliks Topolski, Bill Butler, Jeff Nuttall, Ruth Fainlight, Marcus Field, and George Dowden, and in absentia, William Burroughs, have been added. This final list illustrates the extent to which the planned event..... More about POETS OF THE WORLD/POETS OF OUR TIME Final Bulletin
20.3x25.4cm. Photographer's printed caption label to verso, dated 1999. The image shows the event's compere Alexander Trocchi speaking to a journalist, alongside Allen Ginsberg (looking to the camera), together with Adrian Mitchell, Anselm Hollo, Michael Horovitz, Harry Fainlight, Ernst Jandl, John Esam, Marcus Field, and in the background, Barbara Rubin, who is filming the proceedings. Fine. More about An original glossy b/w photograph by John Hopkins of the Albert Hall Poetry Reading's main...
Mustard colour folded card, printed in green. Measures 28x10.2 (when folded). Prints the Blakean invocation for the event, a collaborative piece spontaneously conceived by a gathering of ten poets at Alexander Trocchi's Notting Hill flat (Trocchi's involvement in the event was suggested by Allen Ginsberg, previously near neighbours of one another on the Lower East Side). Its inclusion of the line "You are not alone" (at Ginsberg's insistence, according to Michael Horovitz) was particularly prescient as at least 7000 people turned up, arousing the feeling for many beats, proto-hippies and outsiders that they indeed were not..... More about Original programme for the landmark gathering compered by Alexander Trocchi at the Royal Albert...
Broadsheet double-sided offset lithograph, folded once to make 4pp. 58.4x91.4cm. (unfolded). SIGNED in red by Trocchi at his contribution. The 'International Poetry At The Royal Albert Hall London' issue of Topolski's long-running Chronicle, featuring his charcoal drawings of many of the participants, several poems reproduced in holograph facsimile in blue and red inks, and a text by Alexander Trocchi, "What Happened At The Royal Albert Hall?". Though stating "Not all the poems reproduced here were recited at the Albert Hall", the broadsheet prints holograph manuscript poems by Allen Ginsberg, Harry Fainlight, Michael Horovitz, Pete Brown..... More about TOPOLSKI'S CHRONICLE Vol. XIII, Nos. 5-6 (London: 1965
London: Lorrimer Films Ltd., (December) 1965. First edition. Wrps., 72pp. SIGNED by Peter Whitehead on the title page, and by Alexis Lykiard at his introduction (Lykiard, together with Gustav Metzger, John Esam and others, assisted Whitehead in editing the film and provided its title, since commonly used when referring to the event, though it wasn't used at the time). Whitehead published the book (the first under the imprint of Lorrimer, his middle name) following the technical restrictions imposed during the making of the film and the difficulties in editing it: "It is in fairness to the..... More about Wholly Communion. The film by Peter Whitehead
London: Lorrimer Films Ltd., (April) 1966. New edition, issued to coincide with the film's world premiére at the Academy Cinema in London. Wrps., 72pp. SIGNED on the title page by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (pictured reading at the event on the front cover photo). Contents almost identical to the first edition, with the additional preliminary quote, "Tonite let's all make love in London", a line from Allen Ginsberg's poem "Who Be Kind To" later used by Whitehead as the title for his film on Swinging London. Wrappers slightly rubbed at extremities, o/w Very Good plus. More about Wholly Communion. The film by Peter Whitehead
Np. (Kettering, Northants): Hathor Films, 1995, VHS video (b/w, 33 mins.). Peter Whitehead's original self-released VHS cassette (title on label misspelled 'Holy'). Whitehead shot his film of the International Poetry Incarnation on 16mm film, later blowing it up to 35mm. The sound recording was taken from the poet's microphone and added during editing when the original synchronised sound was found to be of poor quality. Fine. More about Wholly Communion: The Film by Peter Whitehead
London: John Calder, 1965. First edition, softcover issue. 131pp. Trocchi contributes the four short stories which had first appeared in "The Outsiders" (item #25), the first of which, a description of a family funeral titled "A Being of Distances", reuses material from "Cain's Book". The other contributors are Sinclair Beiles (four poems), David Mercer and Nick Rawson. A tight, unread Very Good plus copy. More about NEW WRITERS 3
8pp. leaflet, stapled. Donald Nicholson-Smith's English translation of this important text on the 1965 Watts rebellion in Los Angeles, its title chosen by Debord to evoke Gibbon's "The Decline and the Fall". It was distributed in England by Alexander Trocchi (and in the USA by the Rebel Worker group), and conceived as a supplement to Internationale Situationniste #10. The back page prints an English translation of a collective text by Debord, Raoul Vaneigem and Mustapha Khayati, originally intended as an appendix to another advance supplement to IS #10. It seems likely that William Burroughs read a copy..... More about The Decline and the Fall of the 'Spectacular' Commodity-Economy. Paris: SI, (dated) December 1965
Eleven foolscap sheets of pink paper, stapled at top left corner. Approx. 40 holograph amendments by the author to lower right corners of the first three sheets (where carbon worn or missing). Sent by Trocchi to Bill Levy at International Times, c. 1967. The article, untitled here but later titled "Problems and Pseudoproblems concerning Dangerous Drugs", sets out Trocchi's critical response to the findings and decisions taken by the Brain Committee (named after its chairman Sir Russell Brain), an interdepartmental committee instituted by the British government in 1958 that delivered reports in 1961 and 1965. In..... More about An 11pp. typescript (carbon) of Alexander Trocchi's essay concerning the Brain Committee, the...
Ed. Stephanie Nettell. Contains "Drugs are Relative", a 2pp. article by Alexander Trocchi, part of a longer feature headed "Writers and Drugs" that also includes contributions from Anthony Storr, William Burroughs ("Anti-Junk", 4pp.), Edmund Blunden (on "the Romantic opium-eaters Coleridge, Crabbe and De Quincey"), Francis Huxley ("Stop/Go with LSD"), David Markson (on Malcolm Lowry), and Richard Whittington-Egan (on Dylan Thomas). Also: first novels reviewed by Maureen Duffy (incl. Thom Keyes and Tom Stoppard); 2pp. interview with AE Hotchner (on his friendship with Hemingway); 1pp. interview with Seamus Heaney; ad. for Better Books; more. Some..... More about BOOKS AND BOOKMEN Vol. 12, No. 2 (London: Hansom Books, November 1966
Tabloid newspaper format. 12pp. Ed. Tom McGrath. Alexander Trocchi contributes a two-column article on Project Sigma on page 2, and gives the newspaper's Southampton Row address as its new office. Also: interviews with Dick Gregory and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Takis by Kenneth Coutts-Smith; Alex Gross on Berlin's beatniks; 'Seedy Bee' by Jeff Nuttall; ad. for Pink Floyd at the Roundhouse; more. Tear to leading edge at old centre fold and some overall wear, o/w Very Good. More about THE INTERNATIONAL TIMES #4 (London: November 28, 1966
N. Hollywood, CA: Brandon House, 1967. First edition thus. Wrps., 208pp. Introduction by Jack Hirschman (6pp.). Originally published by the Olympia Press in 1955 as volume 14 of its Traveller's Companion Series under the author's pseudonym 'Frances Lengel'. "White Thighs is the extraordinary, uncompromising portrayal of a man's descent into the hell of his own tortured soul" (back cover blurb). In his introduction Hirschman describes a novel "dominated by domination itself… a book whose style (language, perceptions) - the voice of a contemporary poet - commands the highest respect." The Brandon House editions of Trocchi's novels..... More about WHITE THIGHS
N. Hollywood, CA: Brandon House, 1967. First edition thus. Wrps., 208pp. Introduction by Jack Hirschman (6pp.), with a 2pp. postscript by Alexander Trocchi (Brian Kirby, a friend of Hirschman's and an editor at Brandon House, persuaded Trocchi to write short texts for these new American editions). Light surface creasing to upper wrapper, o/w Near Fine. More about HELEN AND DESIRE
N. Hollywood, CA: Brandon House, 1967. First edition thus. Wrps., 191pp. The sequel to "Helen and Desire", originally published by the Olympia Press in 1954 as volume 7 of its Atlantic Library Series under the author's pseudonym 'Frances Lengel'. Introduction by Jack Hirschman (7pp.), with a 3pp. postscript by Alexander Trocchi. Wrappers lightly rubbed, o/w Near Fine. More about THE CARNAL DAYS OF HELEN SEFERIS
N. Hollywood, CA: Brandon House, 1967. First edition thus. Wrps., 191pp. Introduction by Robert Creeley (4pp.). Originally published by the Olympia Press in 1956 as volume 25 of its Traveller’s Companion Series under the author's pseudonym 'Carmencita de las Lunas'. In his introduction, Creeley writes that Trocchi is "an intense moralist... In Thongs, as in the other novels he has written in this genre, Trocchi defines the isolation of persons in sexual rapport, and the facts of life as unrelieved in all possible senses." Wrappers lightly rubbed, o/w about Near Fine. More about THONGS
Six sheets, each measure 25.3x20.4cm. (two stapled + paper clip; four gathered with paper clip [together with Sigma Portfolio #22 mimeo sheet]). The stapled poem, "lessons fr boys&girls school leaving X cert., question 1" appeared on p.19 in IT #19 (October 5, 1967), and five years later it was collected in "Man at Leisure", along with the three others here ("He Tasted History with a Yellow Tooth"; "Wind from the Bosphoros" [first printed in Merlin in 1953]; and "Notes for the Sad' Poems"). Minor handling wear to typescripts; Sigma sheet slightly edge-worn. More about A group of four typescript poems (carbon) by Alexander Trocchi, originally sent to the editor of...
Tabloid newspaper format. 20pp. Ed. Bill Levy. Alexander Trocchi contributes "lessons fr boys&girls school leaving X cert., question 1" (see item #65 above), printed alongside a photograph by Malcolm Hart (uncredited) of It girl Penny. Also: Courtney Tulloch on the Notting Hill Festival; "So Who Owns Death T.V.?", Walter Bowart's report from America; John Michell on ley lines; "Acid Burned a Hole in my Genes" by Joel Meltz; "The Acid Report: Chemical, Sociological & Legal Aspects of LSD" (centrespread); Kevin Ayers' "Song for International Times"; John Peel column; Ted Joans on Hieronymus Bosch; correspondence on Aleister..... More about THE INTERNATIONAL TIMES #19 (London: October 5, 1967
Newspaper format. 16pp. Ed. Bill Levy; associate editors Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer, and Heathcote Williams. Art direction by Willem de Ridder; photographs by Anna Beeke and Ed van der Elsken. Centre pages printed in three different colours. Includes Alexander Trocchi's translation from "The Debauched Hospodar" by Apollinaire (originally published by the Olympia Press in 1953 under the pseudonym Oscar Mole). Other contributors include Robert Crumb ("Joe Blow", full-page); Valerie Solanas ("The S.C.U.M Manifesto"); Alex Gross; and WH Auden ("The Gobble Poem"). Advertisers include IT, Time Out, and Andrew Loog Oldham's record label, Instant (a subsidiary of..... More about SUCK - First European Sexpaper No. 1 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969
The second issue (not stated). Ed. James Tyson. Contains "The Hen's Convention or thoughts of bare-man Lao" (2pp.) by Alexander Trocchi, part of the "MOB" (short for 'My Own Business') column he co-edited with William Burroughs that first appeared in the launch issue of July 1970 and continued in the September issue. Also: "Sex on the NHS: A new look at legalized brothels or prostitution on prescription"; "The Uranus Generation" (5pp.); "Sex Mags" (6pp.), featuring a discussion of Curious, Jeremy, and the underground press, including Oz and the recent Schoolkids issue; an erotic poem by Maureen..... More about CONTACT: The International Communications Magazine (Westbourne Grove, London: August 1970
Each sheet measures 25.3x20.4cm. The "4 carnalish poems" ("Belinda"; "Marilyn"; "Myrtle with the Light Blue Hair"; and "Into My Church") were sent to Levy for possible inclusion in Suck, or possibly a Suck book project, but were not used (they appeared a few months later in "Man at Leisure", the imminent publication of which Trocchi refers to in the letter). Author's ink holograph amendment to one poem, with a stray ink squiggle to letter. Two faint horizontal folds and ring binder hole punches to all five sheets, o/w Near Fine. More about A group of 4 typescript poems by Alexander Trocchi, accompanied by a typed letter signed to the...
London: Calder & Boyars, 1972. First edition. Trocchi's only collection of poetry. William Burroughs contributes "Introduction: 'Alex Trocchi Cosmonaut of Inner Space' ", a text originally intended for the "Long Book", an unpublished (and largely unwritten) novel Trocchi had first pledged to John Calder in the mid-'60s. Fine in Near Fine, price-clipped dw. More about MAN AT LEISURE
Print measures 17.8x23.9cm. (image size 14.9x22.6cm.). Photographer's stamp and 'Alexander Trocchi' written out in ink by the photographer to verso. The photograph shows Trocchi in his book-lined study, seated beside a coffee table covered with, among other objects, a small filing cabinet, cigarette packets, two wine glasses and an opened bottle of Möet & Chandon, while Sally Child, introduced to Trocchi by Robert Creeley's wife, Penny, and his lover for the last seven years of his life, looks on. Fine. More about An original b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Alexander Trocchi and Sally Child, taken in...
Another print of the same image as above, with no border. 14.8x22.4cm. Photographer's stamp to verso. Fine. More about An original b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Alexander Trocchi and Sally Child, taken in...
Print measures 24x17.8cm. (image size 22.4x15cm.). Photographer's stamp (slightly faint) and 'Alexander Trocchi' written out in ink by the photographer to verso. Fine. More about An original b/w photograph by Harold Chapman of Alexander Trocchi, taken in Trocchi's Holland...