BURROUGHS, William S. Cities of the Red Night. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981.
8vo., original cloth-backed boards embossed with the author's initials to upper cover and publisher's device to lower, gilt lining and lettering to spine; pictorial endpapers; red and black printed title page; preserved in the original unclipped dust jacket ($14.95) with image taken from Breuhel's Truimph of the Dead, with black-and-white author's photograph by Jerry Bauer; pp. [xi], x-xviii, [ii], 3-332; essentially a fine copy, with one small blue pen mark to the outer margin of p.63, and slight creasing to jacket edges.
First trade edition after a limited run of 500, this copy signed by Burroughs to the title page in his customary neat hand.
A drug-infused apocalyptic vision from the legendary author of The Naked Lunch. Cities of the Red Night is the first work in Burrough's final trilogy of novels, known as The Red Night Trilogy. The later titles are The Place of Dead Roads (1983) and The Western Lands (1987). An opium addict is lost in the jungle, young men wage war against an evil empire of zealous mutants, and all the while the population of this modern inferno is afflicted with the epidemic of a radioactive virus.