Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1978. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's brown pictorial wraps, spine and upper wrap lettered in black and teal, upper wrap additionally printed in biege, gray, teal and orange.
First paperback edition (issued simultaneously with hardcover trade and signed limited editions) of lowlife poet and novelist Bukowski's autobiographical novel, featuring his recurring alter-ego Henry Chinaski: "I was 50 years old and hadn't been to bed with a woman for four years. I had no women friends. I looked at them as I passed them on the streets or wherever I saw them, but I looked at them without yearning and with a sense of futility." Illustration to upper wrap by Bukowski, who was also well-known as an amateur artist. Some creasing and scuffing to wraps, with top corner of upper wrap nicked. Very good. Scarce. Item #131