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mjp

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It's possible (but unlikely) that one of them is selling a carbon and one of them is selling the original. More likely one of them is selling a copy as an original and the other is selling a carbon as an original.

Either way, it's very unlikely that either copy is an "original typescript" as described. Very, very few original story or poem manuscripts (post 1970) have made it to the market.

Did I throw likely around enough in those two sentences?

Now maybe they are defining "original" differently than I am. I'm not a bookseller, so I don't know all the lingo. By original I mean typed pages - typewriter ribbon on paper. Like these:

http://bukowski.net/vault/display_man.php?show=poem1968-03-20-how_long_does_love_stay_green.jpg

http://bukowski.net/vault/display_man.php?show=poem1968-03-20-rest_you_merry_gentlemen.jpg

http://bukowski.net/vault/display_m...ook=Mockingbird Wish Me Luck&inmag=&onpage=43

http://bukowski.net/vault/display_m...ck.jpg&inbook=Open All Night&inmag=&onpage=62

He commonly sent those out in the 50's and 60's, but how often do you see manuscripts from that era for sale anymore? After 1970 everything was carbon, or later, Xerox and computer printout.
 

chronic

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It's not too uncommon for two booksellers to form a sort of partnership to list the exact same high priced item in hopes that one of them will be able to sell it. Skyline Books is a reputable seller of higher end Bukowski books and if he says it's original it probably is, but I would still question him on this if I were considering buying it. It's possible that it is a carbon and the listing is in error.
 
It is the same copy

James Musser, of Skyline, one of the true greats (great material, great prices, great guy), bought this item from the other dealer and listed it before the seller removed his listing.
 

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