Naked Lunch.New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1962 Stock Code: 147541
First US edition, first printing. Naked Lunch was first published in book form in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959. It had been censored in America following the publication of extracts in the literary journals the Chicago Review (1958) and Big Table (1959).
When it was finally published in full in America, after Grove Press won a key anti-censorship case in Chicago, it included some material that Burroughs had edited out of the Olympia version. The book was, however, again censored and ruled obscene; this was overruled in 1966, marking "the end of literary censorship in the United States" (Morgan, p. 347).
Octavo. Original black cloth-backed boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge black. With dust jacket.
Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. A near-fine copy, trivially bumped at head of spine, contents clean and crisp, in the like dust jacket, not price-clipped, a handful of rubs and nicks to tips, else sharp and bright.
Maynard and Miles A2b; Ted Morgan, Literary Outlaw, 1988.
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