[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts

London / Troy Town / Westminster: Aloes Books / Tristero / Mould-warp, (1976-1982).

Price: $4,500.00

Softcover. First editions (but one, see below). Thirteen pamphlets. Stapled wrappers. All are fine or very nearly so. This represents the complete "C" Section: "Unauthorized Editions" of Clifford Mead's bibliography, *Thomas Pynchon: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials*, along with two variant issues not described therein. These copies are from the library of Pynchon's editor, Ray Roberts, with his book label on the inside cover of each volume. Roberts was an influential editor with Viking, Henry Holt, and then Little, Brown, and he worked closely with John Fowles, Martha Grimes, Thomas Pynchon, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He began editing Pynchon when the latter went to Little, Brown, starting with his book *Slow Learner*. The archive contains:

1. *Mead* C1a1: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. Cover color is red only, with printer's registration crosses above the letter "P" in Pynchon and to the right of the man's hip on the front wrap.
2. *Mead* C1a2: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. Cover color is brown, with printer's larger green registration cross almost congruent over the red cross, and the cross to the right of the man's hip on the front wrap is missing.
3. *Mead* C1a3: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. Cover color slightly more reddish with both printer's registration crosses present and the green cross higher than the red cross, and the intersection of green lines to the left of the intersection of the red lines.
4. *Mead* C1a4: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. As in C1a3, but the vertical lines of the crosses are congruent and the intersection of the green lines is to the left of the intersection of the red lines.
5. Unrecorded in *Mead*: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. As in C1a2 but a noticeably darker brown.
6. *Mead* C1b: *Mortality and Mercy in Vienna*. Second printing.
7. *Mead* C2: *Low-Lands*.
8. *Mead* C3: *The Secret Integration*.
9. *Mead* C4a: *Entropy*. Green wrappers with black stamping.
10. *Mead* C4b: *Entropy*. Second printing in photographic montage wrappers.
11. *Mead* C5: *The Small Rain*.
12. *Mead* C6: *A Journey into the Mind of Watts*. Red wrappers with black stamping.
13. Unrecorded in *Mead*: *A Journey into the Mind of Watts*. Same imprint as *MeadC6* but in photographic montage wrappers. Possibly second printing.


Item #374023

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Item #374023 [Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts. Thomas PYNCHON.
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts
[Small Archive]: Complete run of Unauthorized Editions of Thomas Pynchon (as noted in the Mead bibliography) plus two variants not noted in Mead. Mortality and Mercy in Vienna; Lowlands; The Secret Integration; Entropy; The Small Rain; A Journey into the Mind of Watts

Thomas Pynchon
birth name: Thomas Pynchon
born: 5/8/1937
nationality: USA

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Biography

American novelist and short-story writer whose works combine black humor and fantasy to depict human alienation in the chaos of modern society. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Pynchon's first three books are by far his most collectible. His first, V. (1963) shows up with some frequency, but is usually either spine-faded, or price-clipped (the price is placed well into the front flap, so clipping it leaves an even more than usually unsightly loss), or both. There also exists an Advance Reading Copy in wrappers that seems to wear easily - we look for copies that are relatively square, as it seems to cock or slant very easily. The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) is frustrating in that it is usually found in pretty nice shape, but almost never in truly fine condition. We have also noted that the jacket on the book is often very slightly shorter than the book itself, probably a manufacturing glitch, so we wouldn't necessarily reject such a copy out of hand. Gravity's Rainbow (1973) seems like the book this author will be best remembered for, and seems to have become increasingly difficult to find in the right condition. This title too tends to fade at the spine, although a little more subtly than V.. A proof of this exists and has long been touted as a great rarity, and indeed it is genuinely scarce, although customers for it also seem to be pretty uncommon.

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