Exterminator!

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[M&M A23]

New York: Viking 1973, hardbound in dust jacket, one of 7,500 copies. From the collation it is noted “Portions of this volume have been previously published, in somewhat different form, in the following places: Antaeus, Atlantic Monthly, Cavalier, Daily Telegraph (London), Esquire, Evergreen Review, Mayfair, Rolling Stone, Village Voice.” M&M note that a copy bound in quarter leather with gilt-edged paper exists in the Burroughs Archive. Having examined this example personally, I note that laid into the copy is a printed note “Compliments of Viking Press.” Exterminator! being Burroughs’ first book for Viking, it is reasonable to assume that it is a one-off specially bound copy given to Burroughs by the publisher as a memento and not part of any series or special issue. Maynard & Miles A23a.

London: Calder and Boyars 1974, first British edition, hardbound in dust jacket.

New York: Viking Compass 1974, first printing in wraps.

London: Corgi Books 1976, first thus British printing in wraps.

New York: Penguin 1979, first Penguin printing, bound in wraps.

This bibliography of A-List publications by William S. Burroughs derives from Eric C. Shoaf’s Collecting William S. Burroughs in Print: A Checklist and is published online courtesy of the author, who retains all rights. Published by RealityStudio in April 2007.

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