*scarce *junkie* 1953 True 1st Ed. William S. Burroughs + Rare Proof Copy* For Sale
Up for sale is a
True First Edition of William S. Burroughs’s First Book, Junkie, plus a Scarce Pre-Publication Advance Uncorrected Proof for
the 50th Anniversary Edition.
First, is a First
Edition of, Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict
by William S. Burroughs [written under the pseudonym William Lee]. NY:
Ace Books [D-15] 1953. Bound
back-to-back with Narcotic Agent by
Maurice Helbrant. A
straightforward narrative of Burroughs' experiences with drugs, the publisher
chose to release it couched in an anti-drug context, as a first person example
of the horrors of drug use, and bound with a narcotic agent's memoir. Initially Burroughs’s manuscript was rejected
– the publisher was found by Allen Ginsberg, who met the owner of Ace Books, A.
A. Wyn after Ginsberg had admitted himself to a Hoboken hospital; Wyn was
pressured to consider publishing the work upon the insistence of his nephew,
Carl Solomon. Bound in stiff, color
illustrated wrappers illustrated by Al Rossi.
Very good condition with minor wear to the wrappers and slight wave to
the outer page edges; tanning to pages due to age; fragile pulp paperback.
Second, is an Advance Uncorrected Proof copy of Junkie
by William Burroughs. NY: Penguin Books, 2003. 166 pages.
Fiftieth Anniversary Definitive Edition; Edited with an Introduction by
Oliver Harris. In addition to the original
text of the novel, this also includes a Prologue; text of a 1959 letter to A.
A. Wyn from Burroughs pertaining to the publication of the book; 1964 Foreword
to Junkie by Carl Solomon and his
1953 Publisher’s note in the book; Allen Ginsberg’s essay “Junkie: An Appreciation” and his 1977 Introduction to
the book, plus more. Bound in glossy
illustrated wrappers with publisher’s information on the rear wrapper. Near fine condition.
view my other sales where I have up for offer additional items*
you for viewing this sale, please contact me if you have any questions or
would like additional images.
I have been in the business of selling rare
antiquarian signed and unsigned non-fiction and fiction books and other items for
over thirty years. Each item I sell is guaranteed to be authentic. A Letter of
Authenticity is available upon request for the high buyer. Each item is
wrapped safely and securely for shipment. A confirmation e-mail will be sent as
soon as the sale item(s) are mailed. **I will gladly combine shipping costs
for more than one sale.** *Will
Gladly Ship World-Wide!!* Thank you again for viewing this sale and good
This item has been shown times.
*scarce *junkie* 1953 True 1st Ed. William S. Burroughs + Rare Proof Copy*: $255