|Shakespeare and Company bookstore, 37 Rue Bûcherie. Well worth a visit for English books in Paris|
Monday, 18 October 2010
An expensive Lunch in Paris
If you're in Paris this week, and you're a William Burroughs fan, it might be worth taking a trip down to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, just across the street from the Notre Dame. There you will find a rare copy of the first UK edition of The Naked Lunch, published by John Calder, in association with The Olympia Press, from 1964. I've leafed through this book, and it's in fine, clean condition. As for the price, this Burroughs will set you back a cool €250 (£218/$349) - even though this price is in line with what collector's would expect to pay for this edition, it was far too rich for my blood, so with much regret I left it in the shop. The last word to my wife, Irene who on seeing the price, gasped "Two hundred and fifty ? - it's not worth two Euros fifty!"