Category: Modern First Editions

JUNKY [Junkie] Stock code: 11556


Unrevised / uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's printed card covers. Housed in a purpose made quarter black morocco solander box. A very good copy, the covers toned at the edges, the contents clean throughout. Laid in is a typed letter from Dick Seaver (editorial director of Penguin Books) dated 23 November 1976 sending the proof which the publisher "received this morning" to Victor Bockris for review. The letter also explains that the title was changed to Junky [from Junkie] at Burroughs' request. The first complete and unexpurgated edition, with a new introduction by Ginsberg for this edition, recounting his key role in the original paperback publication. Rare in proof form, and possibly unique with contemporary presentation inscriptions from both Burroughs and Ginsberg.




Inscribed on the front endpaper in blue ink "Allen Ginsberg / for Victor Bokris / Dec 14, 1976 / E.12st NYC / Al". Inscribed in blue ink on the title page by William Burroughs "For Victor / Merry Christmas / William S. Burroughs / Class of '76". Bockris was an author, biographer and associate of Burroughs and Warhol. He worked at the Factory for Warhol publishing pieces in Interview Magazine. He is best known as a biographer, his subjects including The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Terry Southern, Blondie and Patti Smith. Notable publications include BEAT PUNKS which explores the relationship between artistic bohemians of the 1950s (the Beats) and the 1970s (the Punks); and UP-TIGHT, The Velvet Underground Story, which he co-authored with Gerard Malanga.