"THE WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES SPLIT THE PLANET INTO ARMED CAMPS RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE LINE DIVIDES ONE THING FROM THE OTHER AND I HAVE SEEN THEM ALL"
BURROUGHS, William. The Soft Machine. Paris: Olympia, (1961). Small octavo, original paper wrappers; housed in a custom clamshell box. $1100.
First edition, inscribed on the title page, "For Burt, William Burroughs."
The Soft Machine was Burroughs' third book, immediately following and continuing the experimentation begun in The Naked Lunch (1959). It is the first book in the Nova Trilogy, followed by The Ticket That Exploded (1962) and Nova Express (1964). Second issue, with the "New Price" stamp on rear cover. Without original dust jacket. Maynard & Miles A5.a.
Interior fine, tear with loss to rear wrapper, affecting text and printed price. A near-fine inscribed copy.