The Book of Breething

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Ingatestone, Essex, UK: OU Henri Chopin 1974, one of 50 copies signed by Burroughs and hand-numbered in Roman numerals comprising the “deluxe presentation,” bound in wraps.

_____ one of 350 copies in wraps. The colophon calls for these to have been numbered, though apparently none were.

Berkeley: Blue Wind Press 1975, an edition of 250 hardbound copies without dust jacket as issued. This edition was published with an extra ‘e’ as The Book of Breeething as were subsequent Blue Wind Press editions of this work.

_____ simultaneous wraps issue.

_____ 1980, a new limited hardbound edition, one of 175 copies signed by Burroughs, bound in red cloth without dust jacket as issued.

_____ hardbound trade edition, bound in blue cloth without dust jacket as issued.

_____ simultaneous wraps edition.

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.

3 thoughts on “The Book of Breething

  1. I’ve noticed that the deluxe OU edition is printed on much thicker paper. If you compare the signed edition to the unsigned, the difference is profound.

  2. i don’t have a deluxe OU but i’ve just started a re-search on Chopin and Ou and ‘breeeething’ and first thing i noticed was the way the translations of the colophon at the back were confusing about the paper used for each ‘edition’. I think you’ll find that the paper for the ‘de luxe’ is quite rough, has a watermark and is ‘laid’ (i.e. has lines running through it). Am I right?

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