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Mirabell: Books of Number.

Published: New York: Atheneum, 1978

Stock code: 51358

Price: £240

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First edition, first printing. With a two-page hand-correct typescript poem that is inscribed by the author “For Alan… Jimmy 1.iii.78”. Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac’s characters including “Rollo Greb” in On the Road, and for “A.J.” in Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.

Octavo. Original maroon boards, titles to spine gilt and to upper board blind stamped, blue endpapers, yellow top-stain. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with large chips from the upper and lower panels affecting the title, and some tape residue.

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