(Johannesburg): Gryphon Poets, (1972). First Edition. 4to. Original pictorial wraps. Very good minus. Book has slight lean. Tear to wraps at top of spine. Some soil, rubbing. Else bright and sound. Errata slip present. Warmly INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author Beiles to title page: "For dearest Maxine / my great friend and / companion this / with affection / Sinclair / 23 Calle Caetano / Estepona / November 1972." Also laid in is an original black-and-white publicity photograph of Beiles, approx. 10" x 7.5". With original woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes (Item ID: 12849)
Beiles, often referred to as the only South African member of the Beats, was instrumental in the publication of Naked Lunch, helping to edit the work in Tangiers with Burroughs. As an editor at the Olympia Press, he also helped to usher the book to publication. In addition, as a resident of the famed Beat Hotel in Paris, he was a key figure in the development of the "cut-up" method of composition best exemplified by Burroughs and Brion Gysin, and co-authoring with both the classic MINUTES TO GO. His own work has been little known, in part because much was published in South Africa and remains scarce (and rare signed). An early work from this key and influential Beat figure.