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BURROUGHS, William S.

The Last Words of Dutch Schultz. A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script.

Published: New York: A Richard Seaver Book/The Viking Press, 1975

Stock code: 107276

Price: £4,250

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First edition thus, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Allen Ginsberg, all the best, from the Dutchman, William S. Burroughs.” The front free endpaper has an inscription, partly erased, in Ginsberg’s hand, ending “bought 2’nd Hand 1982 sometime”. Two scenarios suggest themselves: either Ginsberg found the book in a second-hand shop in 1982 and had Burroughs inscribe it retrospectively, or Burroughs inscribed the book for him on publication, Ginsberg lost it (or gave it away), and then bought it back. The work was originally published as a short story in Jeff Nuttall’s My Own Mag in May 1965. It was then published in book form in the UK in 1970, in both trade and signed limited editions, but with different text and without the divided format and photos as seen here.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in red and green. With the pictorial dust jacket designed by Roy Kuhlman. Illustrated with stills throughout. Ink annotation to front free endpaper. Possible ex-library copy, with boards gently bowed, abrasion to front pastedown and front free endpaper, marginal nick affecting last few pages, internally clean; a very good copy in the mildly toned jacket.

Bibliography: Maynard & Miles A17; C112.

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