Lot 655

BURROUGHS, William S. (1914-97). The Naked Lunch, Paris, The Olympia Press, 1959, original green stiff printed wrappers, dust-jacket. FIRST EDITION, first issue.

Estimate: £500 - £800
Hammer price: £400
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

BURROUGHS, William S. (1914-97).  The Naked Lunch. Paris: "The Traveller's Companion Series published by The Olympia Press", 1959. 8vo (175 x 110mm). Half title, title within green typographical border. Original green printed stiff wrappers, dust-jacket designed by the author (jacket with piece torn away from lower wrapper, some fraying to upper edge, stain to small section of lower edge). FIRST EDITION, first issue, with title border, price of 1,500 Francs printed on the lower wrapper and on rear turn-in of wrapper, and with "76 1" printed at the foot of the front free endpaper. "The Naked Lunch[,] generally considered to be the great 'secret' novel of the self-styled beat generation, has not been published as a whole until now: some extracts which were to appear in The Chicago Review have caused the University of Chicago to suppress this quarterly ..." (from the front turn-in). Maynard and Miles A2a. RARE.

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