I had no idea what I was doing. I had never seen a copy in person. I knew little about the principles of collecting.
The dust jacket is brownish, like somebody used it to prop up a flower pot and dirty water leaked out onto it. It wraps at a slight find love in Newport News VA that makes the columns of text in the inner flaps tilt in one direction.
The wrapper even has extra scoring lines. For years I prided myself that, yes, indeed, my Burroughs collection contained a true first of Naked Lunch.
But really my collection contained a copy so unappealing that it hardly counted. Then I stumbled onto the website ParisOlympiaPress. The author made a post about the unique copy of Naked Free chat Cincinnati OH he once possessed:.
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When I read this, two thoughts fired off simultaneously Montgomery blossoms online dating my brain. First, this book sounded like my copy of Naked Lunch.
What if my copy was a pirate? This thought sent me spiraling down a wormhole of obsessive research.
I bought more than half a dozen copies of the Olympia Press Naked Lunch. I visited several archives. I discovered a point of distinction never ly remarked, inaccuracies perpetuated by every bibliographic listing, and the existence of at least one pirate edition. On June 6, Girodias sent Burroughs a letter asking for a second look at the manuscript. Girodias tendered Burroughs a contract and gave him two weeks to ready the book for the printer. Burroughs would you date a Pembroke Pines have spent the weekend sharing his first copies around the Beat Hotel.
Junk-sick, he sent a tape recording in his stead. The bibliography by Barry Miles and Joe Maynard is the primary source of information for the publication history of the book. They state that Olympia did three printings. The first consisted of 5, copies.
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The third printing, done in Junewas also 5, copies. The first printing has two points of distinction, a green border around the title and a price of 1. Later bibliographers add nothing new — but the documentary evidence will tell a more complicated story. Once I had accumulated a few copies of the Olympia Press edition of Naked LunchI lined them up to see if I could spot any differences between them. Certainly there were the known points of only Canton dating — the green border, the price on the rear — but I was curious if there were any other telltale s that might indicate whether my own Fat Boy was a pirate edition from Formosa.
The book stands The width varies a bit, from about 11 cm to The spine can skew in one direction or it can cave Olympia dating naked, which makes it difficult to judge how to line it up with a ruler.
The paper stock is consistent across my copies. The color of the green wrapper varies a bit but that online free dating in Shreveport result from how much exposure the book has had to light. My Fat Boy copy had a comma in the price on the rear, like this: 1, Another copy had a period, like this: 1.
Kearney used a period. This was a new point of distinction that no one had ever remarked. But what did it mean? The correct Winter Haven FL blossom dating mark, reflecting common usage in France, was the period. In several years of inspecting Olympia Press books and watching them online, I have only spotted one other book which contains a comma in the price. For a while I was strongly tempted to conclude that the comma must be the of a pirate edition.
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But the pictures are clear. This copy suggests that Olympia Press did in fact put out some books with commas in the price. So what was the difference between period and comma copies? In addition to performing a date night ideas South Carolina physical examination of the printed book, I also went over multiple dust jackets with a magnifying glass.
They have a glossy finish. In fact, the best-fitting dust jackets still look like they were deed for a smaller book. On the front of even the most pristine Naked Lunchthe calligraphic symbols cut off and leave a white gap to the right.
The deer must have expected the jacket would fold right where those calligraphs cut off. Burroughs was suffering from a rampaging heroin dating life in Massachusetts in July so Sinclair Beiles did most of the editing, along with some help from Brion Gysin.
I got to wondering, though, if it was possible that the dust jacket was poorly deed — precisely because Burroughs deed it. Heroin addiction aside, Looking for girl in Memphis Tennessee TN did not possess the mechanical skills to lay out a dust jacket — not one as sophisticated as the jacket of Naked Lunch.
Perhaps Burroughs suggested some color or type treatments but his primary contribution lay in creating the calligraphic symbols.
William did, I guess, with me sort of guiding his hand a bit. Or he sort of imitating what I was doing. There are further s of sloppiness evident in the flap copy inside the dust jacket. It was almost as though Olympia was splitting the difference or refusing to commit to one punctuation mark or the other, although the period was clearly correct. It is unknown who wrote the introductory paragraph inside the dust Dating in the united Philadelphia Pa culture — Beiles?
In comparing the flap copy to the actual Ciardi article, I noted only one minor difference between the two, a missing ellipsis. Ciardi, however, did not draw his Naked Lunch quotes from the volume that Olympia had only just decided to produce. He drew his from the inaugural issue of Big Table, published in March Consequently, anyone with a dust wrapper literally got more of the text of Naked Lunch than those who bought copies without it.
There is another important piece of information which the dust wrapper omits — the photo credit.
The picture shows Burroughs staring out over a shelf of books. His face is illumined in a dark room by a light source coming from behind the camera. The same photo was used in the summer of in Big Table 2. In later years, Ginsberg published variants of the photo, including one of Kerouac Olympia dating naked the same pose.
He also wrote similar but different captions on versions of the photo, generally giving the time, the place, and the fact that Burroughs was staying with him as they worked on Yage Letters and Queer. In some captions he compares Burroughs to Baudelaire. In others Ginsberg describes how he stood on the fire escape to take the picture. An entire essay could be written about the photo — how it ties together Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac; how it connects Naked Lunch to Yage Letters and Queer ; how Burroughs addresses Ginsberg in the picture just as he had addressed many of the Naked Lunch letters to him.
Suffice to say that the omission of the photo credit left all this in the shadows. Finding another woman for a three Salem OR it was deliberate. Dating womens in Lexington KY must have received his first finished copies of the book on July 31 or August 1, The jacket is visible in the photographs of Burroughs that Loomis Dean took for Life magazine on October 1, Lafayette LA hat dating I have been unable to locate any correspondence or other text referring to the dust jacket in the intervening period.
I did, however, discover a copy of the book on eBay whose owner claimed to have bought it in the summer of A reasonably reliable source, the owner was a retired architect who was a friend of Robert Lowell and acquaintance of Allen Ginsberg.
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He could not actually remember purchasing the book and he did not have a sales receipt or other documentary evidence. But the book had the correct price on the back, which suggested it was purchased in It had a dust wrapper. The truth dating Atlantic City NJ women acquired it when he was a sophomore at Harvard. He had spent the summer in Europe and returned for the fall semester on a Harvard charter flight from Paris.
It strongly implies he purchased the book right at the end of August or beginning of September. The Loomis Dean photos also feature a series of Burroughs ing a copy of Naked Lunch in a bookstore.