New York: Bantam Books, 1990. First Edition. Robbins's fifth novel, inscribed to long-time friends and devotees Timothy and Barbara Leary. Robbins modeled one of the characters in Jitterbug Perfume after Leary, and many Robbins fans have noted there seems to be a Leary-esque figure in nearly every one of his books. A well-read copy, showing Leary's extensive interaction with the text, and clear affinity for Robbins as a serious literary figure. Item #4576
First Printing. Octavo (24cm); peach paper-covered boards and purple cloth backstrip, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [x],422pp. Timothy Leary's copy, inscribed to him and his wife Barbara on the half-title page: "To Tim + Barbara, "Couple of the Century" / with affection & admiration / Tom Robbins [Wood Pulp Forever]. Heavily-read and extensively-annotated by Leary across the front pastedown and endpaper, where he supplies the following thoughts: "Tom does what Joyce, Pynchon and Burroughs do - he glorifies paganism and mercilessly satirizes Christianity, Judaism, Islam [...] I love this book." Spine gently sunned, modest hand-soil and some scattered staining to covers, with a few dog-eared pages, and Leary's pervasive underlining and marginal notations throughout the text; Very Good. In supplied dustjacket, unclipped (priced $19.95), with light shelfwear, creasing to flaps, and some faint soil on upper margin of front panel, most noticeable on verso; Very Good+. Housed in a bespoke slipcase and chemise.