[SF]: Auerhahn Press, 1960.
Small 4to. Softbound. First edition. Cover illustration by Brion Gysin who also contributes. Superb presentation copy inscribed to poet and publisher, Ted Berrigan: "For Ted Berrigan / William S. Burroughs / Dec. 11, 1953 (Burroughs meant 1963) / New York." Also signed by Brion Gysin on the title page. The date of the inscription is interesting because Berrigan published his major book The Sonnets in 1964 and the influence of The Exterminator is clearly evident. Burroughs' 1963 visit to NYC was short, but he possibly met Berrigan then for the first time. As Daniel Kane recounts in his book All Poets Welcome, the Lower East Side poetry scene and NYC avant-garde were anticipating Burroughs' arrival and lionized him as he made the rounds of the various hip enclaves and performance venues. This book of experimental and cut-up writings had a huge impact on the New York School writers, and a couple of years later Berrigan's C Press gave Burroughs a platform for his experimentation by including him in C Journal and publishing Time, one of Burroughs most highly regarded works of that period. A meaningful association copy of an important early book, especially nice signed by both Burroughs and Gysin. Very good plus.