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!"

Shakespeare and Company bookstore, 37 Rue Bûcherie. Well worth a visit for English books in Paris


  1. omg.... you're KIDDING me?

    i have that very book on my shelf!!!

    it was originally my dad's, and as a kid it was the one book in his collection that terrified me. it was the eyes... THE EYES...

    Ebay... here i come!!!

  2. Happy days... I'm sure there are attics and basements throughout the world full of treasures collecting the dust of the ages.

  3. Like most genre fans - if only I'd taken better care of, and kept items I had in my youth - I might have been retired by now...

  4. Craig, I'm expecting to see you on an episode of Hollywood Treasures or whatever its next equivalent is one of the days !

    1. The closest I've come is helping my buddy get his movie items to Profiles in History for one of their auctions - that is the group from the Hollywood Treasures show. That auction raised five figures for my friend - so it can be lucrative to keep movie stuff around!