Paris: The Olympia Press, 1959. First edition. An about Fine copy in like dust jacket. There is a small toned area at the lower, inner margin that runs through the first 25 pages, mostly visible from the lower edge of the closed page-block. Otherwise, a Fine copy. In a dust jacket with very minor wear at the spine ends, otherwise Fine. First printing with the green border on the title page and the original publisher's price of 1500 Francs on both the rear cover of the book and the rear flap. No price defacement, stickers or stamps as is usually found on later states of the book and jacket. Quite scarce in this condition and in the first state.
William S. Burroughs’ infamous novel meanders through the absurd and perverse in an improbable, non-linear narrative. While the adventure jumps from fictional dictatorships, to Mexico, to space, much of the book remains inspired by Burroughs’ own drug addiction and his friendships with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, core Beat Generation members. Upon its publication in 1959, “The Naked Lunch” was banned from numerous cities though its literary significance was later recognized by Time magazine and the book was included in their Top 100 English speaking novels from 1923 to 2005. About Fine in About Fine dust jacket. (Item #1559)