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The Soft Machine. [Traveller's Companion Series.] - Burroughs (William) - 1961. 
The Olympia Press 1961 - FIRST EDITION, green typographic border to title-page, a couple of faint spots to prelims pp. 182, foolscap 8vo, original green wrappers printed in white and black, a touch rubbed and nicked with publisher's price increase (NF 18) stamped to rear, in the Brion Gysin dustjacket just a little frayed with backstrip panel sunned and a few red dots at foot of rear panel, upper hinge a little tightly glued, good. Inscribed by the author to the title-page, 'For Gary Goldhill, William Burroughs' - the recipient was a BBC journalist who had interviewed Burroughs for the corporation in 1963, and who then 'dropped out' to become an artist in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco; from documenting the scene, to becoming fully immersed in it, it is in the latter context he receives recurrent mention in Tom Wolfe's 'Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test'. The first instalment in the author's 'Nova Trilogy' - the book exemplifies his 'cut-up' technique, which was among his main points of discussion with Goldhill in said interview. (Kearney 163)
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