Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1971. First Edition. Sharp copy of Bukowski's first novel, an autobiographical work based on his years spent as a postal clerk and mail carrier in Los Angeles. He left his job there when publisher John Martin offered him $100 a week for life if he wrote for his fledgling Black Sparrow Press. A cornerstone title for any serious Bukowski collection, and scarce in the deluxe issue. Krumhansl 38c. Item #3407
Deluxe Issue, one of 50 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author, each with an original pastel painting bound in (this being copy no.31). Octavo (24cm); pictorial paper-covered boards and American flag-patterned cloth backstrip, with title label mounted to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; ,9-115,pp. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, with some trivial loss at crown.