New York: Penguin Books, 1977. Stiff Wrappers. With an Introduction by Allen Ginsberg, recounting his role in the original paperback publication. Rare unrevised proofs, signed by Burroughs on title-page; laid-in is the original printed invitation to the publication party at Gotham Book Mart to meet the author. Small 8vo: xvi,166pp (final published edition was xviii,158pp). Publisher's original printed buff textured wrappers perfectly bound ("Galley: no. 38, Pub. date: 3/77, Price: 1.95t"). A pristine copy, bright, tight, and square copy. From the Donald Kaufmann Collection of Modern Literature, sold at Heritage Auctions, Lot 45345, March 8, 2017. Fine. Item #BB1627
The first complete and unexpurgated edition, originally published as Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (1953) under the pen name William Lee. Publication of Junkie, Burroughs's first book, marked one of the opening salvos of the Beat Generation's most prolific periods, with provocative content that pushed the limits of acceptability in 1950s America in its presentation of the taboo subjects of homosexuality and addiction. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.