BOOKS TO TRADE: William Burroughs

This is a chance to trade the three titles published by the Paris Olympia Press all now expensive items, but these are duplicates which will also appear in my Traveller’s Companion duplicates listings , when I get to the higher series numbers. Bibliographical descriptions are courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. (Index numbers EXAMPLE 5.88.1) are the actual location of the description in the bibliography.


The images are the actual books, please leave a comment if you want any further information.


5.76.1 THE NAKED LUNCH William Burroughs, 1959

TC 76 Naked Lunch           Title Page

TC 76 Naked Lunch

[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 232 pp. 76.1-76.148; 76.154. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

TC 76 The Naked Lunch                 Cover

TC 76 The Naked Lunch
                  Cover

Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | NAKED | LUNCH, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1959. p. 7-[226], text. p. [227] Printed by S.I.P., Montreuil, France, in July 1959 | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1959. pp. [228-232] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | no 76 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 76 [-] THE NAKED LUNCH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.500 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.S.A. OR U.K.. Issued in a white dustjacket, with a series of small black abstract designs in rows is printed horizontally across the front and back covers. [Frontover; within a purple panel running vertically the height of the book and occupying a little less than half its width, in white caps:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS [within the purple panel, in gold caps:] THE | NAKED | LUNCH. [Spine; horizontally at bottom, in black:] THE | OLYMPIA |PRESS [vertically, in purple:] THE NAKED LUNCH [Vertically, in black:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS. Inside flaps of dustjacket carry a B&W photograph of Burroughs, followed by a brief history of the book and some critical comments by John Ciardi extracted from an article he wrote for The Saturday Review (June 27th 1959). Notes: (1) The copy examined was in alatered state with the price of 1500 Francs overprinted with a rubber-stamp indicating a price increase to 18 NF.

TC 76 The Naked Lunch                    Back

TC 76 The Naked Lunch
                  Back

(2) Five thousand copies were printed of this first edition, but the dustjacket wasn’t issued until some months after the book’s initial release, and was never used on subsequent reprints. A number of collectors and dealers have reported that the dustjackets are ill-fitting, suggesting that they were poorly designed. The standard bibliography of William Burroughs mentions the existence of a planned special edition, for which two sets of unbound sheets were held back. The edition was never published, but the two sets of sheets survive, one in a private collection and the other in the Burroughs Archive. (See, Joe Maynard & Barry Miles, William S. Burroughs, A Bibliography, 1953-73, Charlottsvile: University Press of Virginia, 1978, entry no. A.2a.)

One Copy Very Good + minor creasing and marking to back cover see images above.

FOR further discussion points on the dust jacket debate follow the link.

New into the Collection: Naked Lunch


5.88.1 THE SOFT MACHINE William Burroughs, 1961

The Soft Machine

[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 1.88-11.888; 12.884. 17.6 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SOFT MACHINE. p.[4] Jacket designed | by Brion Gysin | PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie S.I.P., Montreuil (Seine). June 1961 | [rule] | Copyright © by William S. Burroughs, 1961. | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1961. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[182], text. pp. [183-184] blank. Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | no 88 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 88 [-] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 15 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. AND U.K.ř. Issued in thin, matt-finished card dustjacket illustrated across front, spine and back with abstract black & white wash design by Bryon Gysin, with a 1 inch black border at the foot of whole design. [Frontwrapper; within the border:] [in white:] William Burroughs | [in red:] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Spine; within border:] [in red:] THE | SOFT |MACHINE. [Backwrapper; within border:] [in red:] the olympia press | PARIS. Inside front flap of dustjacket carries a short blurb about the novel and the price: New Francs : 15,00.. inside back flap has a list of other Olympia Press titles available. Notes: An altered state known with price increase to 18 NF rubber stamped over printed 15 NF price on back cover. Copy used: Compilers collection. [163]

THIS COPY VERY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


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5.91.1 THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED William Burroughs, 1962 [Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT | EXPLODED | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 91.14; 91.2-91.128. 17.4 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED .[4] ACKNOWLEDGMENT | The sections entitled In A Strange | Bed and The Black Fruit were | written in collaboration with | Michael Portman. | The design on p. 183 is by | Brion Gysin. | Other works by William Burroughs |published by The Olympia Press : | THE NAKED LUNCH : 1959. | THE SOFT MACHINE | First edition : 1961. | New revised and augmented | edition : February 1963. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Desgrandchamps, Paris, December 1962. | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1962. | Dépôt légal : 4e trimestre 1962.. pp. 7-[183], text. p. [184] blank Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED | no 91 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION |SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 91 [-] THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.. Issued in a glazed, thin card dustwrapper, illustrated across the front, spine and back with a monochrome photo collage [by Ian Sommerville], torn unevenly across the bottom to reveal a white field crossing the front wrapper, spine and back wrapper, on which are printed author, title and publisher. [Front cover; in red script:] the Ticket | that Exploded. | [typewritten in black:] BY WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Spine; printed vertically up spine:] [typewritten in red:] THE TICKET THAT | EXPLODED | [typewritten in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Back cover; typewritten in black:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS. Inside front flap carries a black & white photograph of Burroughs for its entire height over which is superimposed a white panel containing the first part of some notes concerning The Ticket that Exploded. This design is repeated on the inside back flap, where the photograph is tinted pink and the blurb concludes.

THIS COPY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


ANOTHER COPY about GOOD + No Wrapper. Details and extra images on request.

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