The Ticket That Exploded
Paris, Olympia, (1962). Inscribed by Burroughs to Alexander Trocchi, author of Cain's Book, among others: "For Alex Trocchi/ a cosmonaute of inner space/ in appreciation of his accurate maps/ William Burroughs." Additionally, signed by Brion Gysin on the final page of text, which features his printed handwriting. This is the correct first edition, published in paperback in Paris five years prior to the U.S. edition. Issued in Maurice Girodias' "Traveller's Companion" series -- a line of paperbacks that was largely dominated by softcore and hardcore pornography that could not be sold at all in the U.S. at that time -- few copies migrated to the U.S. until well after Burroughs' popularity here was established and the landmark censorship cases of the early 1960s (including that of Naked Lunch) had been settled in favor of increased permissiveness in printed matter. Spine slanted; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a bookmark (in French) announcing a 1962 signing. A superb association copy -- Burroughs and Trocchi were extremely close at that time -- and seldom found signed by Gysin as well. [#033115] SOLD

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