Seven Deadly Sins

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New York: Lococo/Mulder 1991, a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 copies bound in full leather and signed by Burroughs. Cover features an original piece of wood “shotgun art” by Burroughs. Features reproductions of Burroughs’ paintings illustrating the “seven deadly sins,” with text by him. All copies of the book have the printed page with “Luxe Edition of 150 copies” — this often creates confusion among collectors. But only the limited edition copies were bound in leather, each signed and numbered by hand. Most of the deluxe copies were never distributed, probably because of the high publisher’s price of $495.

_____ trade edition of 2,000 copies bound in cloth covered boards without dust jacket as issued. As with the above, this also features the wood “shotgun art” on the cover, which makes each individual volume unique in that not all of the wood pieces are exactly the same. Unopened copies in original box and plastic wrap were still available in 2001.

The Seven Deadly Sins Woodcuts

New York: Lococo Mulder 1991, a set serigraphed woodcuts. The edition includes 90 boxed sets, 10 artist proofs, 4 hors commerce, 3 printer’s proofs, and 1 right to print. Issued in serigraphed red wooden box includes cover sheet, 7 sheets with images and 7 sheets with text. Images made from paintings on Mylar and woodblocks shot by Burroughs with a 12-gauge shotgun. Each sheet is numbered and signed, and quite large at 45 x 31″ in a 48 x 34″ box.

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.

4 thoughts on “Seven Deadly Sins

  1. I have a cloth bound, unsigned edition that states on the last pagel… ” luxe editon 150 signed…” How much is this worth these days?
    Thank You.
    Nathan Troy

  2. The ‘luxe edition’ listed at around $495 when it was originally published. It’s bound in leather instead of cloth like the trade edition, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same (except, of course, it is signed and numbered). I haven’t seen one of the true leather-bounds for sale lately. Abebooks has one that claims to be the ‘luxe’ version, but it is not numbered and it is not in leather and the dealer is asking $660

  3. I checked both versions; they both have the limitation page. The luxe edition, however, is hand-numbered –/– and Burroughs’ signature and the year appears at the front of the book.

  4. I have a copy of “LUXE EDITION” of The Seven Deadly Sins, Bound in Leather and signed by and dated 1992 by Burroughs on the title page. The book is also numbered in the rear. It is either numbered 41/150 or “A1″/150, the first number/letter could be taken to mean either one.
    I bought this in 1992 or 93 for I believe around $500.00. It has a thick plastic dustwrapper around it and has never been read (only to see the info listed above.
    I would like to sell it…but I have no idea what it is worth? I’ve never seen I True “luxe” ed. for sale, and I’ve searched for almost 20 years! It may be the only one issued.
    Best Regards,
    Robert P. Anderson
    P.S. any leads to it’s value would be appreciated.

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