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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

NY, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, (1983). The second volume of the trilogy that includes Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands. Inscribed by the author, this time to Bob and Donna Jackson, "charter members of the Johnson family, with memories of hospitality." The dust jacket flap copy writes "The original title of this book was The Johnson Family, a turn-of-the-century expression used to designate good bums and thieves, which was later elaborated into a code of conduct." Kim Carsons, the protagonist of this book, is a Johnson, and an "agent of the Johnson code." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with just a tiny nick at the crown. One of the better inscriptions we've seen in one of Burroughs' later titles. [#033102] $550
NY, Viking, (1973). A novel. Inscribed by the author to Bob Jackson in 1984. Tiny spot to top stain, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Jackson is the collector who bought Burroughs' "Vaduz archive" and preserved it for several decades until it sold to the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library in 2005. [#033076] $500
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
London, Jonathan Cape, (1966). The first British edition. Inscribed by the author, again for Richard Aaron. Slight softening to the spine ends; faint foxing to the edge of the text block; very near fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed, and a good association. [#033100] $500
NY, Grove, (1964). His first novel published in the U.S. after his controversial and ground-breaking Naked Lunch. Inscribed by the author to Richard Aaron, a nice association copy. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033098] $500
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
London, Calder and Boyars, (1972). An advance copy of the British edition, in the form of folded and gathered sheets, laid into a dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to Richard Aaron, "all the best wishes from the wild boys." A letter from the publisher to a Scottish journalist identifying this as a proof copy and announcing the publication party is laid in. Fine, in a near fine dust jacket. [#033126] $450
(San Francisco), City Lights Books, (1963). A volume of letters between Burroughs and Ginsberg that borders on being an epistolary novel, and deals with their respective experiences, over a number of years, with the South American hallucinogenic drug yage, also known as ayahuasca. Inscribed by Burroughs to Richard Aaron in the year of publication: "For Richard Aaron/ Exchange of manuscripts on Monday July 3, 1963/ This book concerns time compression 1952-53/ William S. Burroughs." Spine-cocked; inexpertly tape reinforced at the front hinge; only good in wrappers, but a contemporary inscription (with some sort of historical content) and a good association, both of which are uncommon. [#033131] $450
NY, Viking, (1978). A collaborative effort by these longtime associates and an important documentation of their technique of assembling collages of images, both visual and literary. This copy is inscribed by Burroughs in 1984: "For Bob Jackson/ all the best/ William Burroughs/ for Brion Gysin." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033113] $450
(Cambridge), (Blackmoor Head Press), (1971). A bilingual edition, French and English, of a selection of pieces first published in IT and the Los Angeles Free Press in 1970 and 71. Of a total edition of 500 copies, this is Copy No. 298 of 450 numbered copies in wrappers. Covers by Brion Gysin; layout by Henri Chopin; French version by Jean Chopin. Seminal writings on using disruptive media in the service of revolutionary activism for social justice. Minor sunning to covers; near fine. [#033073] $400
Santa Barbara, Morrow, 1979. The first publication of this variant passage from Naked Lunch, here printed as a limited edition with a new introduction by Burroughs. Of a total edition of 500, this is Copy No. 33 of 150 numbered copies in boards, signed by Burroughs. Fine in a near fine, spine- and edge-sunned dust jacket. [#033070] $375
Cambridge, Harvard, (1933). The freshman yearbook for Burroughs' class. Includes a photograph of William Seward Burroughs at 19 years old. One of Burroughs' classmates was James Laughlin, who founded New Directions publishing company in 1936 -- each of the two playing important but disparate roles in shaping the American literature of the next half century. Rubbing to joints; play in the binding; owner name front flyleaf and a few pencil check marks next to some photos. A very good copy. [#033002] $375
NY, Viking, (1975). "A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script," in which Burroughs takes the semi-coherent last words of a 1930s gangster as the point of departure for an imagined view of the dying man's inner life. There was a British limited edition with the same name that preceded this volume by five years, but it was substantially different in both form and content. Inscribed by the author in 1984: "For Bob Jackson/ all the best from the Dutchman/ William S. Burroughs." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket, with the publisher's name fading on the spine. [#033088] $375
(NY), Giorno Poetry Systems, (1975). A double LP, with one LP for Giorno and one for Burroughs. Burroughs' works include excerpts from The Wild Boys, Ah Pook is Here, Cities of the Red Night, Junkie, Naked Lunch, and Exterminator. Gatefold format, and inscribed by Burroughs to Bob Jackson inside the front cover. Presumably fine record albums -- no obvious wear -- in a very near fine sleeve. Very uncommon signed or inscribed. [#033130] $375
San Francisco, Dave Haselwood Books, 1967. Second edition, a reissue by Dave Haselwood, who designed and printed the first, Auerhahn Press, issue, in 1960. Covers and four illustrations by Gysin, and signed by Gysin, who has added a continuation of his cover design motif below his signature on the title page. Very good in wrappers. [#033075] $375
NY, Grove, (1967). The first American and first hardcover edition. Like The Soft Machine, revised from its Olympia Press edition softcover edition. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket: jacket has "ii" on the rear panel below the publisher's zip code, not mentioned in Maynard & Miles. [#033116] $300
(Paris), (Agentzia), (1972). "Tickertape" by Burroughs appears as the preface to this publication; M&M B63. Signed by Burroughs and inscribed by Herman and Weissner, "To Anthony/ Hello from the/ Kraut outpost/ of the Conspiracy." Very near fine in self-wrappers. [#033136] $300
NY, Seaver Books, (1982). First thus, a paperback edition. Inscribed by the author: "To Bob Jackson/ who got the Burroughs archives into America/ with friendship and respect/ William S. Burroughs/ November 3, 1985." Mild cover splaying, else fine in wrappers. An historically notable copy: Jackson had saved Burroughs' papers from falling into obscurity when Roberto Altmann's plans for an arts center in Liechtenstein fell through. Burroughs' papers were to have been a centerpiece of the research collection of the institute and instead were left in their boxes, untouched and unseen by anyone for over a decade, until Jackson's purchase of the archive. [#033114] $275
c. 1973. Color snapshot, 7" x 5", of Burroughs, Brion Gysin [?], and an unidentified boy, sitting outdoors on a stone wall. Photographer unknown. Printing date on verso is 1973. Near fine. [#033149] $250
Northridge, Lord John Press, 1978. A broadside excerpt from the then-forthcoming Cities of the Red Night, with an illustration by James R. Silke. Of a total edition of 126 copies, this is Copy No. 49 of 100 numbered copies signed by the author and the artist. 14" x 20". Minor surface foxing and edge wear; still about near fine. [#033122] $250
London, Aloes, [1973]. One of 1000 copies. Only issued in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Richard Aaron. Previously published Burroughs pieces, along with "Burroughs in Tangier" by Paul Bowles. Fine. [#033123] $250
(NY), Penguin Books, (1977). First thus -- "the first complete and unexpurgated edition," according to the publisher -- and with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. This is a complimentary copy, with the publishers "compliments of the author" card laid in. Offsetting to the inside cover from the card; mild age toning to pages; near fine in wrappers. [#033086] $200
(San Francisco), City Lights Books, (1971). Sixth printing. Inscribed by Burroughs in 1984, "for Bob Jackson/ who knows the/ area better..." Near fine in wrappers. [#033132] $200
[Philadelphia], [1965]. Daniel Lauffer's "Occasional Magazine of Poetry," which published only this one issue, a hand-printed edition of 243 copies. Features a collaborative cut-up parody by Lauffer and Burroughs, string-tied inside the rear flap. Slight scuffing and wear to covers, otherwise near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. Uncommon. [#033135] $175
(West Glover), Something Else Press, (1973). With texts by Burroughs and Ian Sommerville; edited by Jan Herman. One of 500 hardcover copies. Fine in a very good, rubbed and spine-faded dust jacket. [#033140] $175
(n.p.), Beach Books, 1967. Three pieces: one by Burroughs; one by Claude Pelieu; one by Carl Weissner. This is the issue in white wrappers, one of 3000 copies printed; this copy is signed by Weissner. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033108] $150
(Wiesbaden), Limes, (1964). A German edition, Maynard & Miles D22. Signed by Burroughs. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033133] $150
(n.p.), Christian Bourgois, (1986). French paperback edition (in French). An early book by Burroughs that remained unpublished until 1985. This French translation was done by Sylvie Durastanti. Inscribed by the author in 1987. Fine. [#033105] $125
Paris, Belfond, (1969). The true first edition, in French, of the interview of Burroughs by Daniel Odier that would be published as The Job in English, more than a year later. Lamination creasing to covers; near fine in wrappers. [#033080] $125
(NY), Viking, (1993). Edited and with an introduction by Oliver Harris. Laid in is a June 29, 1993 letter from the publisher, transmitting "one of the first copies." Also laid in is a July 16, 1993 typed letter signed by Oliver Harris to the recipient, who is listed in the Acknowledgements as having provided copies of letters for this collection; the letter attempts to encourage action on a follow-up volume. (In 2012, Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1974 was published by Ecco Press, edited by Bill Morgan.) Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033089] $125
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