Black Sparrow Press, 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Item #608925
Copy #16 of 250 numbered hardcover copies signed by Charles Bukowski. This copy has great provenance - being Bill Katz's copy, with facsimiles of two pre-publication letters from publisher John Martin to Katz (from December 1970 and January 1971), discussing Katz's prior pivotal review of 'The Days Run Away...' in Library Journal, which Martin credited for making the sale of the book, and discussing sending proofs of 'Post Office' to Katz, hoping for another Library Journal review. Katz in fact did write the review, the results of which Bukowski credited with helping him to become a full-time writer. This copy also includes the original Black Sparrow review slip, with Black Sparrow's note in pencil 'First novel - Bill Katz / dup. on shelf.' Also includes a facsimile of a carbon copy of Katz's letter to Bukowski presenting his personal view of 'Post Office' (as oposed to the review). A very near to fine copy of this important work, in the original red white and blue cloth over blue printed boards, paper spine label (slight fading to spine; slight wear to edges of boards, original clear plastic jacket has slight wear to edges). Some long-lost correspondence has recently come to light providing Bukowski's views on the importance of Katz's efforts on his behalf. Krumhansl 38b (hardcover issue).