New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston Viking [through 1987], 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. Three volumes, all First Printings, all signed (but not inscribed) by Burroughs on title pages. Tall octavos: xviii (including frontispiece and title page), 332; ,306; ,258pp. Red Night: Publisher's beige paper-covered boads initialed in blind, terracotta cloth spine richly stamped in gilt, illustrated end papers, illustrated wraparound dust jacket (detail from a painting by Pieter Brueghel), priced-clipped but with correct 0381 publusher's code on front flap. Fine and unread. Dead Roads: Publisher's brown cloth, upper covers blind-stamped with author's bame, spine lettered in bronze, two-page map, illustrated wraop-around dust jacket priced $15.95. Fine and unread. Western Lands: Publisher's black paper-covered baords, marine blue spine lettered in bronze and black, illustrated end papers and title page, About Fine (top edge stained, black spine lettering lightly rubbed) and very lightly read, if at all. Publisher's mint-green quarter cloth lettered in black and gold, black paper-covered boards, illustrated end papers, title page and chapter headings; wraparound illustrated dust jacket priced $18.95. Fine- / Fine. Item #BB1551
The writing of Cities of the Red Night, the first installment in the Red Night Trilogy, coincided with Burrough's move from Manhattan's Bowery to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1981. The trilogy "proposes a revisionary history of the Americas that would avoid the horrors of colonialism, slavery and despotism. The first volume rewrites history to make gay pirates founders of pan-American communes that become havens for nonconformists from all over the world. In the sequels, libertarian gunslingers attempt to prevent the formation of despotic centralised governments (The Place of Dead Roads) and independent secret agencies struggle to protect individual freedom from the depredations of global corporations (The Western Lands). The Western Lands also brought Burroughs’s lifelong interest in immortality to the fore through its use of ancient Egyptian conceptions of the soul’s struggles in the afterlife to represent the political struggles of individuals for freedom from fear of atomic annihilation. . . . Fragments [of The Western Lands] are autobiographical, and show the aging writer’s anxieties about his own mortality. Burroughs also contemplates social and ecological apocalypse, the atomic destruction of human souls, spirituality, and the need to build a new faith for the space age. Finally, the author encourages humans to grasp their destiny boldly as interstellar travelers. . . . Ultimately, the real appeal of The Western Lands is the lengthy discussion of the possibility for humans to live a life of faith in an apocalyptic age." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.