New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1959. 10th printing. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine stamped yellow, top edge stained black, original illustrated dust jacket.
Early printing of the first US edition of Burroughs's Beat classic, originally published in Paris in 1959, and initially banned in the US on the grounds of obscenity. "Junk is the ideal product...the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.... The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product." Unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends. Near fine. Item #2407