Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dangling in the Tournefortia by Charles Bukowski, Black Sparrow limited edition

This installment will feature another limited edition from the Black Sparrow Press: 1982's Dangling in the Tournefortia by Charles Bukowski. For lovers of Bukowski, Black Sparrow fandom goes hand-in-hand. They've published probably close to thirty of Bukowski's books over the years, and each of them were offered in the traditional Black Sparrow limitation format.

All at once, Black Sparrow would publish an open edition of paperbacks, a limited edition of around 500 hardcovers, and then an even tighter limited run of signed and numbered hardcovers, (usually between 100 and 300 copies). On top of all this, there's also a rare "lettered" edition, limited to only 26 copies. These lettered copies were all bound in a much more decorative cloth and each featured something like a drawing or a lithograph.

Cleaning out all my excess credit at, I was able to snag a signed and numbered copy of Dangling in the Tournefortia.

It's my first Black Sparrow Bukowski, and an exciting addition to my still-growing collection of their books. These Bukowski books are still quite difficult to get your hands on at a reasonable price--check eBay sometime and you'll see many titles that start at around $450.


As I mentioned, I found this at Powell's online. I strongly recommend any book lover to get on their "just arrived" rare book email list. In all honesty, I've only purchased a few books since I signed up years ago, but its a fascinating way to keep track of pricing (for instance, Powell's recently got a 1st edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest... who knew that ran for about $3000?). Also, keep in mind that if you see something you like you should probably pull the trigger on it quickly--these emails go out to a lot of people at once and I've seen many intriguing books sell the day they were announced to email subscribers.

Currently reading:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Currently listing to:
I am Kloot, "Sky at Night"
R.E.M., "Fables of the Reconstruction (remastered)"

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