IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS
New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1963. First edition. Large 8vo. Near Fine. Front rice paper tissue moderately creased. Trace rubbing here and there at extremities. Else bright, sharp, clean, and sound in custom-made linen slipcase. INSCRIBED, DATED AND SIGNED BY BUKOWSKI in silver ink: "There's never enough to drink, but there's always somebody to tell you what writing should be. Charles Bukowski 12-10-63." Above this inscription Bukowski has added an original drawing. A particularly Bukowskian inscription in a particularly handsome example of a fragile production. (Item ID: 11626)
Widely considered Bukowski's most beautifully-produced volume, and arguably his first major collection. One of 777 copies designed, hand-printed and -bound by Jon and Louise Webb, this one of a very small number specially-signed copies (several sources suggest 40, but I have been unable to independently confirm) with an original drawing and aphoristic inscription by Bukowski. [Krumhansl 12]; [Dorbin A5]; [Fogel 10].