Crucifix in a Deathhand (One of the Original 10 Copies with Pasted-In Letter)
signedfirst editionOriginal wraps
by Charles Bukowski
New Orleans: Loujon Press (Lyle Stuart, Inc.), 1965. Original wraps. Fine. Noel Rockmore. One of the scarcest of all Charles Bukowski limitations, #7 OF THE FIRST 10 ORIGINAL COPIES ISSUED BY LOUJON PRESS -- ALL 10 WITH A LETTER BY BUKOWSKI PASTED-IN BETWEEN THE SIGNATURE LEAF AND THE LIMITATION LEAF. AT THE TOP OF THE LIMITATION PAGE, JON WEBB (THE PRINTER, DESIGNER AND INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS REMARKABLE BOOK) HAS WRITTEN IN HIS HAND (IN RED PENCIL): "# Seven --of 10 copies with letter-- with white cover-- Jon Webb". The incredible 2 pg. letter, dated 1964 and very personal and detailed, clearly was written by Bukowski to Jon and Gypsy Lou Webb in anticipaption of this book. The letter is something of a fore-runner to his Black Sparrow "painted" books, showing large, angry strokes of paint (and/or magic marker) and it expresses, among other things, his worry that he won't have enough quality poems to do justice to as ambitious and attractive a book as "Crucifix in a Deathhand". (Presumably, Jon and Gypsy Lou made up their limitation of 10 copies with letters from Bukowski discussing "Crucifix in a Deathhand" while the idea was still in its infancy). And apart from the rarity of this limitation, this is a gorgeous, Near Fine to Fine copy, genuinely bordering on pristine. Tall quarto, internally immaculate, all the hues from the bright, multi-colored pages are vivid and completely unfaded. A major highspot in Bukowski collectibles and certainly one of the rarest obtainable copies of the first serious attempt to make an artistic, physically beautiful book out of a collection of Charles Bukowski poetry.
(Inventory #: 14749)
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