Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1986. First Edition. The smallest possible limitation of this substantial collection from the 1980's. A warm association copy, inscribed to Larry Lewis Gray (1948-2016), the last owner of the Earle Gray Book Binding Company, who were responsible for binding virtually all of Bukowski's books published by the Black Sparrow Press. Krumhansl 100e. Item #5911
Deluxe Issue, one of seven copies specially bound and designated for the author and those within the inner circle of the press, this one marked "Binder's Copy" and signed by the author on the colophon. Octavo (23.5cm); photo-illustrated paper-covered boards and multi-colored patterned cloth backstrip, with title label mounted to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; ,13-313,pp, with a signed silkscreen print tipped in. Inscribed by the author opposite the title page to bookbinder Larry Gray, surrounded by drawings of a sun, flying bird, and dog: "For Larry Gray – Maybe some of these poems can help get you through some of those long, bad days that befall each mortal. Yes, Hank / Charles Bukowski." Fine in a lightly rubbed, Near Fine dustjacket.