Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1972. 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. Krumhansl 38b. Item #4346
First Printing, one of 250 numbered copies signed by the author, this copy unnumbered. Octavo (24cm); illustrated paper-covered boards and American flag-patterned cloth backstrip, with title label mounted to spine; ,9-115,pp. A Fine copy, lacking the publisher's original acetate dustjacket, though wearing a supplied copy.