Item #7099 Tarantula [true first edition]. Bob Dylan.
Tarantula [true first edition]
Tarantula [true first edition]

Tarantula [true first edition]

[New York]: A.J. Weberman, [ca. 1967]. First Edition. Xerox of galley proof, with mimeographed and typewritten introductory sheets. 38 loose sheets (8 1/2 x 11 in.) in stamped folder, as issued. 9 ½ x 11 ¾ in. Remnants of tape and light edgewear and discoloration on folder; else very good. Item #7099

The true first edition of Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan’s experimental novel “Tarantula,” copied directly from the galley proofs, and distributed by A.J. Weberman in an exceedingly small edition in 1967.
 
Tarantula is a collection of Dylan’s prose and poems, written in a creatively and politically unsettled 1966. While originally set to be published by MacMillan in the same year, the book’s release was delayed until 1971 due to Dylan’s motorcycle accident, which kept him from editing the manuscript. A group of dedicated fans, however, or “underground cats” as A.J. Weberman describes them in the introduction, copied the book directly from the galley proofs and began to circulate it among friends, fans, and comrades long before the book’s official release.
 
For this first edition, Weberman wrote “A Dylanological Introduction to Tarantula,” where he translates key “Dylanological” terms into plain English—for instance, Weberman here decodes Dylan’s reference to “strangers” as almost always meaning “revolutionaries.” This example, like most others extant, does not include the Dylan Liberation Front position paper said to have been inserted in some copies of the first edition.

Price: $2,500.00