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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
WILSON, S. Clay
Three original pen-and-ink illustrations for the German edition of Burroughs' novel Cities of the Red Night. Two of the images are 5-1/4" x 9", the third is 5-1/4" x 10"; all three are matted and framed to approximately 16" x 19". Wilson and Burroughs collaborated on three books -- this one, a German edition of The Wild Boys, and Tornado Alley. Wilson was one of the group of artists who gained exposure in the underground comix of the 1960s counterculture. After R. Crumb, he is probably the best known of that group, and his images are almost certainly the most extreme: all of the underground comic artists sought to break barriers and defy convention, and Wilson's images are densely packed and full of overt sex and violence to a nearly unthinkable degree. In this he was very much like Burroughs, whose verbal imagery sought to shatter all barriers, preconceptions and hypocrisies; the collaboration between the two of them seems in retrospect to have been inevitable. These drawings were displayed at the Los Angeles County Art Museum in the show "Ports of Entry: William Burroughs and the Arts," which sought to convey the influence Burroughs has had on visual arts. Extraordinary images, the result of an equally extraordinary collaboration; these are probably among the best artwork Wilson has done, and probably the best illustrations ever of Burroughs' writings. Burroughs himself appears as a character in one of the images. Together with the original layout and lettering for the title page of the book, Die Stadte der Roten Nacht: three hand-lettered sheets and one printed sheet. All items are fine. [#027316] $22,500
BURROUGHS, William S.
1988. An original Burroughs painting, which became part of the Seven Deadly Sins exhibition at The Writer's Place, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1993. Acrylic and spray paint on poster board: a gold triangle and heart spray-painted against a background acrylic image of black, blue and gray. Signed by Burroughs. 20" x 32". Mounted and framed to 24" x 36". Fine. [#024825] $7,500
(BURROUGHS, William). WILSON, S. Clay
1988. An original drawing by Wilson for Burroughs' 1989 book Tornado Alley. This image was included in the exhibition "Ports of Entry: William Burroughs and the Arts" that was mounted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1996, and it is reproduced on page 140 of the exhibition catalog. Interestingly, the illustration in the book does not show some of the work that Wilson did, as it was done using nonrepro blue pencil which does not show up when photographed: Wilson's edits didn't appear in Tornado Alley and they don't appear in Ports of Entry, but they are quite visible in the work itself. Wilson, one of the great artists of the underground comix of the 1960s and beyond, whom R. Crumb has said was a major influence on Crumb's own work, collaborated with Burroughs on a number of projects. This is not only a significant work of art, and a significant association with Burroughs, but it is also signed by Wilson, who has added, "To Nelson" next to his signature: Wilson gave this work to his friend Nelson Lyon, who loaned it to the exhibition and is listed in the book as one of the lenders to the exhibit. This is, in effect, a three-way association: Nelson Lyon was the co-producer of Burroughs' Dead City Radio, a 1990 album of Burroughs reading his work (including pieces from Tornado Alley) against a background of experimental music by various artists. 9-3/4" x 6-3/4". Matted and framed. Fine. A notable association copy, and an artifact of one of the great collaborations that Burroughs engaged in. [#028091] $7,500
BURROUGHS, William S.
Paris, Olympia, (1959). The first issue of the first edition of his second book, a high spot of Beat and postwar American literature -- one of the "big three" volumes of the Beat movement, along with Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Published in paperback in Paris by Maurice Girodias' small press, in an edition of 5000 copies, three years before it could be published in the U.S. Signed by Burroughs in 1996. Uneven sunning and a bit of creasing to the covers; rubbing to the folds. A very good copy in a supplied, near fine dust jacket with a small chip at the crown. Burroughs signed this for a bookseller in Lawrence, Kansas, where he lived during the last years of his life. [#024504] $4,500
1961. Unrecorded mimeograph typescript of a speech Burroughs gave at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, September, 1961, in New York City. Five pages, including personal and anecdotal experiences, arguing against the broad category of "narcotics" for both addictive sedatives and non-addicting consciousness expanding drugs. Together with a 1964 issue of Evergreen Review in which the speech is printed, with textual variations, including a change in the title, with "consciousness expanding" replacing "hallucigen." The talk/essay was included in two anthologies of writings about drugs, but the Maynard and Miles bibliography lists no separate printing of it, and this mimeograph would appear to be contemporary with the talk in 1961, making it several years earlier than any of the other appearances in print. Also, the term "halucigen" dates it as being prior to the point at which the term "hallucinogen" was settled on as the consensus descriptor. The magazine has a detached text block; the speech is stapled in an upper corner and fine. An unrecorded Burroughs typescript on one of the subjects that was most deeply embedded in his works. [#032856] $2,750
(n.p.), (n.p.), [c. 1910-1921]. A printed manuscript poem by Burroughs, his most famous, first published in Knickerbocker magazine in 1863, when Burroughs was 25; anthologized in Whittier's Songs of Three Centuries in 1875. At that time the poem had seven stanzas; over the years the weakest stanza (the sixth of seven) was dropped (by an unknown editor). "Waiting" appeared as the preface to Burroughs' Light of Day in 1900 with six stanzas, but even so the fifth stanza continued to trouble him. According to the Clara Barrus biography Our Friend John Burroughs, published in 1914, "a few years ago" Burroughs occasionally substituted a new fifth stanza, beginning, "The law of love binds every heart..." (Later renditions have this line reading "The law of love threads every heart.) But that too failed to satisfy him, and future renditions would have the original six (of seven) stanzas. This broadside has the six stanzas, with the short-lived "binds every heart" fifth stanza; it is printed in Burroughs' holograph, with an original water color of tree branches, and it is inscribed by Burroughs, for Barnard C. Connelly, and dated Feb. 9, 1921, the month before Burroughs' death. 7" x 9-3/4", bevel-edged on three sides; previously framed and sunned over most of the page; staining to two margins, touching only the date. A very good copy. Although Burroughs wrote "considerable poetry as a young man" (his words, from John Burroughs Talks), "a time came when I wrote no more poetry and destroyed most of what I had done previously...I am practically a man of a single poem." We have found reference to a smaller (4-1/2" x 6") leaflet of this poem being done earlier, by Alfred Bartlett, but have found no record of the printing history of this variation. [#031668] $1,750
BURROUGHS, William S.
(NY), Grove Press, (1959)[c. 1962]. The first American edition of this classic novel of the Beat generation, which was not published in the U.S. until three years after its Paris publication, and until a legal challenge to its banning was successful. Such authors as Norman Mailer testified as to the literary value and accomplishment of Burroughs' work. Basis for the 1991 David Cronenberg film featuring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, and Roy Scheider. Slightly bowed, lower rear corner bumped, near fine with the topstain bright, in a fine dust jacket with a couple of tiny nicks at heel and a tiny bit of rubbing at the rear spine fold. [#911012] $750
BURROUGHS, William S.
NY, Grove Press, (1978). A later printing of Grove's Evergreen Black Cat edition, first issued in 1966 when the obscenity ban against it was overturned. Inscribed by Burroughs to Peter Whitmer in Lawrence, Kansas, May 22, 1984, "with all best wishes on a memorable visit." Whitmer's notes on the inner covers and a handful of pages: he used this copy when writing his own book, Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America, which was published in 1987. Burroughs was one of the seven. Spine creased, corner chip to front cover; very good in wrappers. [#032857] $500
BURROUGHS, William S.
NY, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, (1983). The second volume of the trilogy that includes Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands. This copy is inscribed by Burroughs to Peter Whitmer, "wishing every success on his Leary biography." Dated May 22, 1984, in Lawrence, Kansas. Whitmer is the author of Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America; Burroughs and Leary were two of the seven. In his book, Whitmer recounts Burroughs grabbing this copy of The Place of Dead Roads from him during the interview and reading from page 128. Whitmer's notes on the rear pastedown and perhaps a dozen pages. Spine slanted and slight foxing to pages edges; near fine, lacking the dust jacket. [#032858] $500
1921. Tall, stringbound chapbook printing the readings and remembrances from Burroughs' funeral services held at Riverby and at the graveside. 24 pages, printing Biblical passages; poetry by Emerson, Wordsworth, and others; a selection by Earl W. Williams that, according to the chapbook, was, several years earlier, deemed appropriate for the occasion by Burroughs himself; "Selections from the Earliest and Latest Writings of John Burroughs," including the poem "Waiting" and excerpts from "Accepting the Universe"; poems for Burroughs by Charles Buxton Going, Edwin Markham, May Morgan, and Jean Dwight Franklin; and two tipped-in images: one of Burroughs in "The Nest" at Riverby, and one of C.S. Pietro's sculpture of Burroughs, entitled "The Seer." Ownership signature, in pencil, of Elspeth A. Edington. Minor wear and creasing to yapped edges; covers splitting at lower spine; very good in wrappers. Uncommon. [#032694] $250
LANSDALE, Joe R.; BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice
(Milwaukee), Dark Horse Books, (1995). Signed by Lansdale. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031291] $50
(BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice and PARDEE, Curtis)
Evergreen, Cazedessus, 1973. A fanzine, this issue with cover art by Curt Pardee. Inscribed on the cover by Pardee: "For Steve of [sic] when I'm rich and famous, Curt Pardee!" Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#030498] $25
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice
North Hollywood, Fantasy House, 1974. First separate appearance, as Fantasy Reader 5. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#030499] $20
(BURROUGHS, William S.)
(Hadley), Ken Lopez Bookseller, (2005). A catalog/brochure describing the Burroughs archive previously known as the "Vaduz archive" and printing in facsimile a number of items from the archive, including Brion Gysin calligraphy, photographs of Burroughs and others, visual poetry by Burroughs, and other items. An overview of the archive, with description of its contents and essays on its history and importance in the context of 20th century literature. The archive was purchased by the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, which also purchased the Jack Kerouac archive a few years ago. Fine in wrappers. [#024827] $20
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