New York: Ballantine Books, 1973. First Edition Thus. Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall (small). Very Good -. Item #L071060
SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Slight scuffing, rubbing and browning to wrappers (chiefly at edges); tape repair at head of spine; slight internal uniform browning (chiefly to edges). , 182 pages. Maynard & Miles A5g; authorized mass-market reissue of the novel (originally published in France in 1961); includes lower wrapper blurbs by Jack Kerouac and Joan Didion, plus the color reproduction of a Dali painting on upper wrapper. "First Printing, November, 1973" (title page verso). Signed and inscribed by Burroughs in both black ink and black marker on title page recto: "For Steve [Lowe] / 4/27/90 / William S. Burroughs / [scribbled line in black marker above publisher's imprint]". Provenance: From the estate of Steven Harrison Lowe (formerly of Desert Hot Springs, CA). From the early 1970s until 1997, Lowe was an assistant to and collaborator with author, artist, cultural phenomenon and outcast William S. Burroughs. The two men enjoyed a long friendship and created art pieces, many of which were shown in the 1980s and 1990s at Casa Sin Nombre, Lowe's art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. William S. Burroughs (1914-97) was born in the Midwest, and graduated from Harvard with an art degree in 1936. He was often a rascal, notorious for his addiction to heroin, and the shooting of his wife at a party in Mexico (the so-called "William Tell" incident). He'd worked and played in Vienna, Paris, London, Tangiers, Chicago, Mexico, and New York before finally retiring to Lawrence, Kansas in the 1990s, where he died. He stood the literary establishment on its ear in 1959 with the publication of his Beat classic Naked Lunch. During the 1980s, Burroughs combined his predilection for firearms with his desire to paint. His "gunshot paintings" were nearly as controversial in the art world as Naked Lunch had been in the literary world decades earlier.