Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1979. Octavo, original purple cloth over patterned paper boards, paper spine label, orange endpapers, original acetate dust jacket. Light pinpoint foxing to top of front board and edges of text block. Item #100161
Signed limited edition, with an introduction by Gore Vidal, number 111 of 300 copies signed and numbered by American writer and composer Bowles, an expatriate legend in Tangier for half a century. This collection brings together the spare, unsettling stories first published in The Delicate Prey (1950), The Time of Friendship (1967), and Things Gone and Things Still Here (1977). "When they had gone the Moungari fell silent, to wait through the cold hours for the sun that would bring first warmth, then heat, thirst, fire, visions. The next night he did not know where he was, did not feel the cold. The wind blew dust along the ground into his mouth as he sang." Near-fine condition.