(BURROUGHS, William S.). BOCKRIS, Victor
My Files on William Burroughs, Literary Soldier, Private Pilot
NY, (Privately Published), 1979. Of a total edition of 50 copies, this is one of 25 unnumbered copies reserved for friends, and, although not issued as a signed edition, is inscribed by Burroughs to Bob Wilson, proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City, a longtime hangout for the Beat writers and one of the small number of stores that promoted their work from early on. A fetchscrift for Burroughs, in his 65th year, compiled from the file drawers Bockris kept on Burroughs from 1973-1979, when Bockris worked at Andy Warhol's Factory and was in close, regular contact with Burroughs. A green plastic binder full of Bockris' photocopied typescripts and published interviews with Burroughs; photographs of Burroughs and at least one letter from him. A fine copy, in a fair, fragile, pictorial dust jacket, chipped at the edges and folds. A fine association copy between one of the Big Three Beat writers and one of the booksellers most noted for appreciating and promoting them, from the early 1950s until the store's closing in the late 1980s. We can find no record of a copy of this volume appearing at auction, and no copies are currently listed online. WorldCat lists 13 copies - a remarkable percentage of the 50 that were created, although it is not evident that any of the institutionalized copies are signed, let alone represent such a significant association, embodying a key element of the literary history of the Beats and their works. [#032859] SOLD
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