Ham on Rye (Signed limited edition)
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. First edition. Number 134 of 350 copies, signed with a drawing by Bukowski on the limitation page. Near Fine copy in Nearly Fine publisher's acetate. Boards clean and vivid with yellow cloth backstrip retaining the delicate paper label to the spine. Faint staining to spine cloth at lower front joint, and spotting to the closed top edge of the text block. Bright blue endpapers, appearing unread. Publisher's acetate with expected minor scuffs and residue to upper front panel from removed label, else exceptionally preserved.
Ham on Rye (1982), Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel is an intimate, unabashed look at the author’s childhood and the youthful exploits that shaped him into a prolific and notorious author. Here a young Bukowski (called Henry Chinaski), raised in a lower-middle class family and abused by his draconian father, struggles with feelings of alienation. The novel looks unflinchingly at post-war America and a young man’s desire for escapism be it through library books or cheap booze.
Krumhansl 74. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #6022)