Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus. William S. Burroughs.
Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus
Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus
Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus
Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus

Naked Lunch [with] Original Wraparound Band and Prospectus

New York: Grove Press, 1959. First American edition. First state. One of 3500 hundred copies printed. This copy with the rare wraparound band, reading "Recommended for Sale to Adults Only" folded and laid in, as well as the promotional pamphlet issued in advance of the book's publication.

The first American edition, after the Olympia Press edition, but produced in a much smaller edition. This copy is from the collection of the artist and musican Dan Lauffer, who at the time the book was released ran the CCNY bookshop, in which capacity he quietly and heroically stocked books from the beats and other seditious literature. The rare wraparound band still bears a faint rubberstamp from the bookshop.

The publisher's expected a battle with U.S. censorship laws over the publication of the book, and early excerpts published in Big Table by Paul Carroll and Irving Rosenthal had lead to the condemnation of that magazine. Barney Rosset and company appear to have prepared the advance pamphlet, with a text by Terry Southern, and the wraparaound band with this battle in mind. The wraparound band in particular is very scarce, and is redolent of the struggle towards the public the work underwent.

A square, solid example, with a slight wrinkle at the head of spine, which is slightly faded, else fine, in a remarkably bright dust jacket that shows some foxing to verso at spine, a 1" closed tear to front panel, and a couple short nicks at the head of spine, but with almost none of the fading endemic to the fugitive yellow. The band is folded and toned, with two old tape ghosts, but complete. A remarkable copy.

[Maynard & Miles A2b.]. Item #28134

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