New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1964-67. 1st Edition Thus. 3 vols., Octavo, publisher's red and orange cloth, spines variously stamped in silver and black, original illustrated dust jackets.
"Word is flesh and word is two that is the human body is compacted of two organisms and where you have two you have word and word is flesh" (Nova Express). First Grove Press editions of Beat legend William S. Burroughs's Nova (or "Cut-Up") trilogy of novels, a surrealist farrago of juxtaposed newspapers, sci-fi mags, travelogues, and poetry. Stylistically experimental, the sci-fi series was created using the "fold in" method, a version of the Dadaist cut-up method developed by Burroughs with close friend Brion Gysin and computer programmer Ian Sommerville. In an interview with British poet and critic Eric Mottram in 1964, Burroughs explained, "In The Naked Lunch and The Soft Machine I have diagnosed an illness, and in The Ticket That Exploded and Nova Express I’ve suggested a remedy. In this work I am attempting to create a new mythology for the space age." The first volume of the trilogy, The Soft Machine, was originally published in 1961 by Paris-based Olympia Press and appears here in its first revised US printing (1966); The Ticket That Exploded, the second novel, also originally published by Olympia, in 1962, appears here in its first revised US printing (1967); while the final novel, Nova Express, appears here in its first edition overall (1964). Dust jacket to The Soft Machine designed from a drawing by Burroughs; remaining dust jackets designed by regular Grove Press designer Roy Kuhlman. Lightest rubbing to spine-ends and faint fading to spine panels of unclipped dust jackets, with price to flap of Nova Express inked over. A nearly fine set overall. Item #2440