"IF A SINGLE WORD COULD SAY IT ALL WE WOULDN'T GO ON WRITING ALL THESE BOOKS": WAR ALL THE TIME, ONE OF 16 PRESENTATION COPIES, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED OIL PAINTING BY HIM TIPPED IN
BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time. Poems 1981-1984. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1984. Octavo, original half blue patterned cloth, paper spine label, pictorial paper-covered boards, original slipcase. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $9000.
Signed limited first edition, one of 16 copies marked "presentation copy" and signed by Bukowski on the limitation page, with an original signed oil painting by Bukowski bound in, this copy additionally inscribed, "For Werner and Diane—If a single word could say it then we wouldn't go on writing all these books. But too often all the words hardly say it. A trick to keep us going? Fair enough. Charles Bukowski," with a self-portrait in ink of himself holding a flask. Laid into this copy are two additional items—a program and a limited edition broadside—both of which are also signed by Bukowski.
This collection of sardonic, humorous and often biting poetry, born from the ashes of the turbulent 1970s, reveals Bukowski's thoughts on topics ranging from feminism to war to other poets. Included are some of Bukowski's best-loved poems such as "the last generation," "transformation and disfiguration" and "eating my senior citizen's dinner at the Sizzler." Published simultaneously with 500 hardcover trade copies, a signed limited edition of 400 copies and 126 hand-bound copies with an original painting. Laid into this copy are three separate additional items: an announcement of the publication of the limited edition of this work, "Broadside/Flyer No. 13," number 64 of only 100 copies signed by Bukowski with the poem "Talking to My Mailbox" printed on the recto, and a folded program printing five poems from the volume signed by Bukowski.
A remarkable volume in fine condition.