William S. Burroughs. Naked Lunch. Two First Editions, One Inscribed and Signed.

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    William S. Burroughs. Naked Lunch. Two First Editions, One Inscribed and Signed, including: Naked Lunch. New York: The Grove Press, 1959. First American edition. Inscribed and signed by Burroughs on the title page, "To Tad / William S. Burroughs / Oct. 13, 1994." Octavo. xvi, 255 pages. Publisher's black cloth over black boards with gilt spine titles. Original first state dust jacket (not clipped, priced $6.00 and no zip code information). Minor edge wear and rubbing to jacket. Small stain on fore-edge of text. Near fine. [and:] The Naked Lunch. Paris: Olympia Press, [1959]. First edition, first issue, with "Francs: 1,500" on rear cover. Twelvemo. 225 pages. Publisher's green printed wrappers. Bowing and toning to the spine, with some very minor scuffing. A few tiny areas of discoloration to covers. Minor foxing to text edges and the front endpapers. Very good. A landmark publication in American literature, this controversial book broke every convention of narrative storytelling. Signed copies are scarce.

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