A gift of Bukowski....

6 years ago I visited my father at his home. He has always had a habit a giving me something of value, sentimental or monetary, it was always taken and given in love. But this time it was both. He gifted me with his Bukowski collection. Not Quite Bernadette (large folio with ink drawings), The Last Night of the Earth Poems, Ham on Rye, Hot Water Music, Hollywood, Barfly, Hank, Women, Dangling in the Tournefortia, Love is a Dog from Hell, Fire Station, Factotum, Play the Piano Drunk....., Burning in Water Drowning in Flame, All the Assholes in the World and Mine, Bring Me Your Love, You Kissed Lilly, A Bukowski Sampler (purple cover), Poems Written Before Jumping Out of An 8 Story Window, Three, In the Shadow of the Rose, 1989/1990/1991/1992 New Years Greetings from Black Sparrow Press. All are signed, some have doodles with the signature and two have original paintings. To say I was overwelmed would be an understatement. I proudly display this collection and speak of this amazing gift I have received often. I treasure these books.
 
Are you using the "Upload a File" button at the lower right-hand side of the posting window? I see your links but am denied permission to view them. So it appears that they are loading, but something's amiss on the website end of things. The mods are great 'round these parts, so let's see.
 
The only other way I know of would be to host the photos on a site such as photobucket and then use the image upload icon (the one next to the smilie icon with two mountain peaks and the sun) to load up the urls from photobucket. I suspect a glitch somewhere in the bowels of Buk.net. Not an attractive image, but hell, everybody poops.
 
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I was aware of all the great writers and poets of the 60's. My dad is a huge fan of that era. He started my love of reading and my husband studies history and philosophy and reads evereything. My dad was friends with many book dealers and could always be found scouting out library sales and auctions. At one point he had about 15,000 books in our garage. He turns 75 this year and is trying to downsize his collections cause he says it won't fit in the casket with him.;)
 
Wow. That painting in Hot Water Music is really great (even upside-down). As for the other items, Not Quite Bernadette is very rare and the copy of Fire Station with the original red tissue in that condition is beyond wicked-awesome-holy-crap rare.
 
Thank you so much. The second picture is upside down but it is a good one. Great stuff! ;))
Sorry about the upside down one. When I am reading this thread, it is right side up! Must be a glitch.

Wow. That painting in Hot Water Music is really great (even upside-down). As for the other items, Not Quite Bernadette is very rare and the copy of Fire Station with the original red tissue in that condition is beyond wicked-awesome-holy-crap rare.
I know! When I was looking up info for them I saw that the tissue paper for Fire Station was usually deteriorated on most copies. Not Quite Bernadette is number 69 of the 75 made. My dad thought that was hilarious and appropriate for the subject matter.
 
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Beautiful collection! Thanks for sharing them. My only unsolicited advice would be to obtain reading copies of all
that are a available so you can enjoy the words and keep your collection pristine.
 

Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
He's not your real father!

Your real father cleans up video booths at the local porn store.

(Sorry... just jealous...)
 

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If you subscribe to the idea that the quality of the painting determines part of the value of the illustrated books, then I think $2500 was not exactly "cheap" for that copy of Factotum, because the art is extremely weak.

But there are other factors too, one of them being there were only 85 copies of Factotum with paintings while there were 159 copies of Hot Water Music with paintings. Factotum being an earlier title might also make it more valuable to some.

But the quality of the painting in your copy of Hot Water Music is far and away better than the one in Factotum, so I see it's been priced accordingly. $4000 might be a fair price for that these days (personally I think all of Bukowski's [good] art is undervalued, but I'm in the minority).
 
I did not want to sell any of these, but circumstances beyond my control force me to part with most of them. This happened quite recently and I discussed this painful situation with my dad and he agreed it is for the best. I hope they are purchased by true fans of Bukowski and go to good homes. Thank you all for your understanding and appreciation of a great writer and artist.
 

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