Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1975.
Limited Edition. Hardcover.
Copy #52 of a limited edition of 75 copies with a signed original watercolor painting bound in and a signature on the colophon.
Printed by Noel Young & Edwards Brothers Inc.; Typography by Graham Mackintosh; Design by Barbara Martin; Handbound in boards by Earle Gray.Publisher’s description: This beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, his day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.
Quarter red cloth, red and burgundy print with black decoration on taupe paper, spine label, orange endpapers, 205pp, signed painting with tissue guard.
Small faint stain top-edge pp127-138, else a fine, clean, square, tight & bright copy in rubbed intact acetate wrapper.