Madison, WI. Quixote Press, 1969. First Edition. An important, early compilation of Bukowski's work, culled from the pages of little magazines and early publications; in addition to a selection of Bukowski's poetry, the Sampler contains an introduction by Douglas Blazek and appreciations by Al Purdy, Steve Richmond, William Wantling, and Don Cauble, et al. An excellent association copy inscribed to editor and poetry scholar Seamus Cooney, who during his decades-long friendship with the poet was responsible for editing the three volumes of Bukowski's Selected Letters, as well as a collection of correspondence with Al Purdy (The Bukowski/Purdy Letters, 1964-1974). The inscription, while brief, conveys a real sense of ease and familiarity in their relationship. Dorbin A14; Krumhansl 30. Item #6048
First Printing, one of ca.400 copies. Small quarto (23.5cm); pictorial card wrappers, stapled; 80pp; illus. With an early inscription on the title page from Bukowski to Seamus Cooney: "To Seamus Cooney – Uh huh, Charles Bukowski / 3-6-71." Gentle sunning along the spine, else very Near Fine.