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Rekrab

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Hi David. Actually, here's a link to lot 73 in the PBA Modern Lit Auction on December 14th. It's a first edition of ASK THE DUST with a jacket.
http://www.pbagalleries.com/search/item178445.php?

nymark: Gorgeous! Thanks a million. That's the same design as used in the film (I think it's near the beginning), but they altered it in the movie -- removed Fante's name so it would be consistent with the character being named Bandini, if I'm remembering this accurately. I assume they did that digitally or using a color photocopy, and didn't mess up an original jacket. Nice also to see the back cover, although you can't quite read it in that photo. A great cover for a masterpiece novel. I reread ASK THE DUST recently and it was as good as I remembering it being when I first read it in 1980, when the Black Sparrow Press edition came out with Bukowski's intro. Very cool. Thanks again for the link.
 

Rekrab

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... just read your Stories from the Brink. particularly enjoyed Driving Across Town. it's a war of attrition. just thought i'd say.

Thanks, theonlygoodpoetisa. It's definitely a war of attrition, this life. My favorite Bukowski title is WAR ALL THE TIME; that sure describes my experience. As in that story, I'm still running around town like a maniac, but to different places, for a different daughter. The pet lizards died (so no trips to the petshop for crickets to feed them), and the kid taking piano lessons is now at college, but another daughter has a job and a son and no car, so I'm often driving her to work, babysitting him for an hour.

Jeez, I can't stay away from this thread for some reason...
 
Yeah, the knowledge on this forum is incredible.
David, I have that Full of Life paperback as well.
And this Bantam 1954 Ask The Dust. A classic cover in a way, isn't it...
Hope my images will come through - here's the front and back cover:

AskTheDustBANTAMfront.jpg AskTheDustBANTAMback.jpg
---Hank
 

hoochmonkey9

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I love the Bantam/Dell/Avon covers from the '50's. Signets were great too, but a bit more "classy"?
Here's two of my faves (forgive the slightly off topic, but still Buk related).



 

chronic

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does any one know if barts books is alphamale store on ebay.?. i've bought signed bukowski's from him. they seemed authentic.. now i'm starting to worry.

I don't think they are the same seller. The seller alphamalestore has several listings up that seem to be perfectly legit, including a lettered copy of "The Day It Snowed in L.A." that's mentioned in another thread arond here somewhere.
 

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Hi,
Darren misspoke a BIT. alphadognma is this seller in question that may be Bart's. Alphamalestore is a perfectly legit seller of Bukowski. Sad for him to have a name so close to this seller....


Bill
 

Rekrab

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And this Bantam 1954 Ask The Dust. A classic cover in a way, isn't it...
Yes, that's a beauty. One of these sold on eBay not long ago, for about $80 I think. Seems like a book you might be able to find cheap in some rundown secondhand bookshop, with luck.

Another Bukowski related vintage paperback is Jon Edgar Webb's Four Steps To The Wall. It's got a great cover, and as most of you know, Webb was the editor and publisher of Loujon Press and brought out a couple of luxurious collections of Buk's poetry, plus issues of THE OUTSIDER magazine. I no longer have my copy of FOUR STEPS, or I'd post a scan.
 

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Four Steps can be had for under $10 in paperback through Abe. The 1948 1st HB from Dial is much more expensive, but the paperback is very affordable...

Bill
 
One of these sold on eBay not long ago, for about $80 I think.

Yeah i've attempted to buy the last few bantam ask the dusts that have come up on ebay! They always stay low til the last 30 seconds...

It's incredible that some of you guys can email John martin and have him respond the same day!
 
another reason i asked if any one knew of a link between alphamalestore, alphadogma , and barts books is because i have a feeling all 3 of their origins is ojai, california.. i could be wrong.
i'm not too sure how to scan in the photo's but i'm very confident the books i bought were legit, from alphamale..
 
P.S. The first edition of Ask The Dust at the PBA auction sold yesterday for $3,737. Pretty good for a jacket that's in a far cry from fine condition.
 
Hmmmm...I wonder if my John Fante "Dago Red" from 1940 is a first edition....and if the book, even if it has no jacket at all, will make it possible for me to retire...? I don't think so but if I post some pix here maybe someone can tell if it's a first edition. I can't find any info on how and where I bought it...

DagoRed2.jpg DagoRed3.jpg DagoRedfront.jpg
 

the only good poet

One retreat after another without peace.
two of fante's UK paperbacks ('85,'84):

Picture 99.jpg
is this how you envisoned arturo and camilla? (apols for the quality of the capture)
 

the only good poet

One retreat after another without peace.
Hmmmm...I wonder if my John Fante "Dago Red" from 1940 is a first edition....and if the book, even if it has no jacket at all, will make it possible for me to retire...? I don't think so but if I post some pix here maybe someone can tell if it's a first edition. I can't find any info on how and where I bought it...
nice cover - the illustration reminded me a little of those woodcuts in apollinaire's collection alcools.

beats my 80's paperback covers, needless to say!
 
I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that they only did one print run of dago red before they took it off the shelf.
 

Rekrab

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HankD: you lucky bastard, having a copy of DAGO RED. I love that title. It was changed in the modern reissue to THE WINE OF YOUTH, I think. I'd look it up but I'm struggling here with an old computer and a slow dialup connection. I wonder if the title change was done for political correctness, "Dago" being unacceptable these days? THE WINE OF YOUTH sounds like the name of a handbook for young ministers. Was that Fante's choice for a new title, or did Martin come up with it? Either way, it's not as strong as DAGO RED. Was there a vintage paperback of DAGO RED? Seems I recall hearing about a copy a friend had 25 years ago.
 
David, I found my copy of the book you mentioned earlier:
Jon Edgar Webb's Four Steps To The Wall, here is a scan
of the cover, this is the 1948 Dial HB.

WebbFourStepsToThe Wall.jpg

I actually haven't read it, maybe I should?
I'll scan the author photo as well, he looks great, Webb.
---Hank

WebbFourStepsToThe Wall_photo.jpg
 

Rekrab

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Henry: nice. Thanks for the images. I've never seen the hardcover dust jacket. I remember the vintage paperback has a cool cover showing a convict in front of a prison wall. I don't think I ever got around to reading the copy I once had, or if I did, I only read part of it. Has anyone here read the book?
 
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