Eureka, CA: Hearse Press, . First edition. One of 200 copies of Bukowski's debut chapbook. This copy one of approximately five "author's edition" copies with an original illustration by the author bound in, new staples. During the 1970s, Bukowski still had a number of copies of this book and decided to make between three and five unique copies by binding in original artwork or poetry (Krumhansl 3). This copy with an illustration of an old geezer pointing his cane at a young kid and growling: "What do you know about sex?"
Publisher's illustrated saddle-stitched wrappers, 8 1/4" x 5 3/8", 28 unnumbered pages plus the original artwork. A Fine copy, but for the traces of oxidation around the staples. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Preceded by two broadsides, after this work, Bukowski would go on to become one of the most prolific modern writers on the west coast and the continuation of an ethos started by Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Fante. Fine (Item #1041)