Tarantula. Bob Dylan.


New York: Macmillan, 1966. Proof. Wrappers. Uncorrected proof of the 1st edition. His first book. This proof is the only authorized printing of Tarantula in the 1960s, and the only genuine configuration of Tarantula that Macmillan produced before the 1971 1st edition. Near fine (only slight wear) in publisher’s printed wrappers, 2 lines of tentative price and publication date (Aug. 1966) in holograph (ink) at the top, and “376” in red felt tip at the lower corner, which may be control numbers or (likelier) a 3 July, 1966 date (Dylan’s motorcycle crash and injuries, halting production, were on July 29th). These fabled, spiral bound, preproduction (suppressed) galley proofs (11” tall) were never issued, sold, or given to anyone. They are the authentic article, rare by any measure (6–10 manufactured is a guess), and the reason they preceded Macmillan’s 1971 book edition by 5 years, was that Dylan’s interest waned in the aftermath of his accident. And obviously, these proofs preceded all the pirated editions, because it was a single stolen proof copy (not our copy) that was a model for the bootlegs. Near fine. Item #258

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