New Orleans & Tuscon: Loujon Press, 1961-1969. First Editions. Complete set of this visually dazzling poetry magazine, an important vehicle for the work of Charles Bukowski, Kenneth Patchen, William S. Burroughs, Michael McClure, Henry Miller, LeRoi Jones and others. "Edited and published in New Orleans by Jon Edgar and Louise "Gypsy Lou" Webb, The Outsider was lavishly (one imagines even maniacally) produced by letterpress with a wide range of interesting and unusual materials. Yet in spite of its formal sophistication, it still manifests the indomitable spirit of the mimeo revolution by virtue of its devotion to such writers as Charles Bukowski and Kenneth Patchen, both of whom were recipients of the "Outsider of the Year" award" (Clay & Phillips, p.50). An attractive set. Dorbin C112-122, 152-153, 189-191, D20-22, E9-10. Item #6478
Four octavo issues (23-26cm); Nos.1-3 bound in pictorial card wrappers; Nos.4/5 bound into one volume; photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, with a translucent, hand-made paper dustjacket, with titling and decorations letterpress printed in red on front panel; laid into the last issue is a sealed-by-hand still life of flora picked from a mile inside Geronimo's grave; 101; 112; 138; 200pp; illus. Issue No.2 has been signed and dated by Bukowski (7-4-67) at his contribution on p.7, with No.3 signed by John Webb on the front endpaper, next to a note asking "Help a little?" (relating to his veiled request for financial help on the verso of the front wrapper). Vol.1 shows light wear, a few faint creases, a 1" tear to lower rear wrapper, and a new ink price written over the $1 price at upper front wrapper; Very Good+. Vols.2-3 show light wear to spine ends, some faint creasing to overhanging corners, and subtle tanning to text edges; Near Fine. Final volume is Fine in a Fine jacket, with a holograph letter from John Webb to an original subscriber laid in.