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Dead Fingers Talk.

London: John Calder in Association with Olympia Press, 1963 Stock Code: 140218
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Inscribed advanced reading copy in proof wrappers and jacket

Advanced reading copy, later inscribed on the half-title "For Richard Aaron. William S. Burroughs". Aaron negotiated the sale of Burroughs' literary archive to Robert Altmann of Liechtenstein. As recounted in an interview with Eric C. Shoaf, once the sale's contracts were signed, "a button was pushed. In about ten minutes a door in the wall opened and two men stepped out of an elevator carrying a briefcase. The case was opened and revealed the Swiss equivalent of 100,000. I was asked to count and did so under the careful eyes of Brion Gysin. I am afraid I mortified all by falling into laughter in the middle of the count it took me several minutes to recover and resume the count which had been carefully noted. At any rate, all was in order". The three friends went back to Aaron's home in Ollon, Switzerland, where they had dinner, "a good evening and the money was divided up" (ibid.).

Burroughs' experimental compilation-novel, reuses material from three of his previously published works: Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded. There was no US edition of this title. A lovely association copy.

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Octavo. Publisher's green proof wrappers. In the dust jacket.


Pen ownership inscription to half-title "M. Farmer. Reading copy. Publication date: Oct. 31st, 1963". Spine a little warped, light rubbing to extremities, internally fresh. A very good copy in the very good jacket, light wear to corners, creasing to folds and rear panel, somewhat darkened, not price-clipped and unfaded.


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