New York & New Orleans: Lyle Stuart Inc. & Loujon Press, 1965. First Edition. Scarce "Bayberry Edition" of Bukowski's books printed by John and Louise Webb's Loujon Press. Many of the poems were written, variously, while Bukowski visited with the Webb's at their New Orleans home and at several bars in the French Quarter. The two drawings here, both identically captioned and steeped in religious imagery, are notably unlike his later oil paintings and abstract pastel drawings which John Martin bound into his books. Uncommon. Dorbin A6; Krumhansl 15. Item #3851
Deluxe Issue, one of 10 copies specially bound into bayberry covers and signed by the author opposite the colophon, this being copy no.8. Quarto (31.5cm); original white card wrappers printed in black, glued to illustrated dustjacket, printed in black on bayberry stock; four etchings by Noel Rockmore reproduced within the text, printed on variously colored paper with all tissue leaves present; original printed wraparound band; 102,pp. Of the small number bound in bayberry covers, Krumhansl notes that "some...included 1 or 2 original drawings by the author (tipped in between the signature and colophon sheets) and or a short inscription on a tipped in page followed by Bukowski's signature" (p.29). The present copy contains two early original drawings composed in black ink and colored markers, both titled "The Repulsive Transgression," signed by the author and dated 5-64. Trivial wear along lower edge, tiny bump to one upper corner, else very Near Fine in a Fine example of the original wraparound band.