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william s. burroughs • the frisco kid • iain sinclair

William S. Burroughs — The Frisco Kid He Never Returns — Tangerine Press
  • Two editions: 200-copy unsigned; 50-copy signed

RARE BURROUGHS TEXT FROM 1963 BACK IN PRINT FOR A SHORT TIME

Sixty years ago, a 20-year old Iain Sinclair, then studying in Dublin, Ireland, received a surprise submission for Albatross, a fledgling literary magazine he and two friends had started. This trio of ambitious editors sent out requests for new work to literary heroes of the day: Djuna Barnes, Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, Jean Genet, Ezra Pound, et al. Only one replied: William S. Burroughs of Tangier, Morocco . . .

This edition aims to recreate a more accurate version of three column/three row 'experiment' Mr Burroughs submitted. As Iain Sinclair explained via email, whilst discussing the text: “I have felt for years that we didn't or couldn't deliver what Bill wanted.”

WITH THREE 'SHADOW ROUTINES' BY IAIN SINCLAIR

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32pp. Format, approx. 8”/200mm wide, 11”/280mm tall. Hand stitched, single section, vermillion card card cover embossed by hand; green endpapers; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-34-2

With b&w photography.

The Frisco Kid tri-fold
Text printed on alternate stock, with 1965 illustration.

WITH THREE 'SHADOW ROUTINES' BY IAIN SINCLAIR

UNSIGNED, UNNUMBERED

50 numbered/signed copies

£130 plus shipping

32pp. Format, approx. 8”/200mm wide, 11”/280mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with acid-free boards, conservation glue and linen thread; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-88-5

Quarter bound with Canson Mi-Tientes 'golden rod' paper covered boards and Japanese silk spine (odd numbers), also Fabriano Tiziano 'vesuvio red' paper covered boards and Japanese silk spine (even numbers); front cover artwork embossed in black; Fabriano Tiziano endpapers (alternating mixed 'pistachio' and 'vesuvio red'); acid-free text paper; spine label paste down.

The Frisco Kid tri-fold
Text printed on alternate stock, with 1965 illustration.

EXTRA MATERIAL
Exclusive to the 50-copy edition
Custom envelope, embossed by hand in red. Contains prints as follows: Iain Sinclair's portrait of WSB, 1995; reproductions of WSB cover letter and two surviving sheets of The Frisco Kid text, all 1963; full landscape version of 'Beat Hotel with Window' 1960s, inc WSB, Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville. (cropped version in the main block)

WITH THREE 'SHADOW ROUTINES' BY IAIN SINCLAIR

SIGNED BY IAIN SINCLAIR

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"[Blade Runner: A Movie] is set in a near-future dystopian US, where free healthcare is available to all provided they undergo sterilisation and forego various other genetic liberties..."
Guardian

"Reading Blade Runner: A Movie four decades on from its original 1979 publication, certain themes from Burroughs’ vision appear to be eerily prescient, with a government concerned about overpopulation and gaining control over the private citizen. This is achieved through the ability to withhold essential services including work, credit, housing, retirement benefits and medical care through computerisation..."
Quietus

"[Blade Runner: A Movie is set in] a future where the only way to receive medical treatment is to be sterilized to stop any further progeny polluting the world. This draconian bargain leads to a blackmarket of doctors operating on patients who refuse to be sterilized."
Dangerous Minds

"[The title of the film 'Blade Runner'] brings along with it a weird backstory that tells us something about how the Burroughs virus spreads around, infecting nearly everything science fictional and countercultural over the past half-century or so. That’s William S. Burroughs, of course, author of — among a few other things — a 1979 novelistic film treatment called Blade Runner: A Movie."
Open Culture

William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, and became one of the founding figures of the Beat Movement. An addict for years, he crafted books like Junky and Naked Lunch, which were harrowing, often grotesque looks at drug culture. He is cited as a major influence on counter-cultural figures in the world of music as well and worked on several recording projects. In 2019, Tangerine Press published a new edition of Blade Runner: A Movie. Mr Burroughs died in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997.

Iain Sinclair has lived in Hackney since 1968, working at a variously titled London project. It has always felt, since the Dublin day when the contribution arrived from Burroughs in Tangier, that a certain undefined duty, towards that text, and the force of underground and independent publishing, had been laid upon him.

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