Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. First Edition. Bukowski's fourth novel, chronicling his painful upbringing in a militant household, and his contentious relationship with his parents. One the great American literary memoirs, ranking among the best of his work. Krumhansl 74f. Item #5546
Deluxe Issue, one of six copies specially bound and designated for the author, editor, publisher, binder, printer, and publisher's files, this one marked "Binder's Copy" and signed by the author on the colophon. Octavo (23.5cm); photo-illustrated paper-covered boards and shimmery red patterned cloth backstrip, with title label mounted to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; ,9-283,pp. An original oil painting (with accompanying wax paper guards) is tipped-in following the copyright page. Faint foxing to upper edge of textblock, else Fine in a lightly rubbed, Near Fine dustjacket.