Soft Cover. Paris: Olympia Press, 1962. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 5,000 copies. Inscribed by Burroughs on the title page: "For Ruth A. Sanderson / William Burroughs." Publisher's green paper wrappers, lettered in black; in the original white pictorial dust jacket, with a wrap-around black and white photo collage by Ian Sommerville, lettered in black and red. Near fine, with the spine very lightly starting inside the covers, minor creasing to the front free endpaper, else bright and fresh; unclipped dust jacket, with a hint of toning to the spine, faint rubbing to the extremities, a few minor scuffs to the otherwise fresh panels. Overall, a very good and attractive copy. Maynard and Miles A6a. The Ticket that Exploded was first published in Paris as part of The Olympia Press' The Traveller's Companion series, which included other literary classics like Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (1955) and Henry Miller's Quiet Days in Clichy (1956), among others. The Ticket that Exploded is the second installment in Burroughs's The Nova Trilogy, which also includes The Soft Machine (1961) and Nova Express (1964). Together, the series represents Burroughs' follow-up to his 1959 The Naked Lunch. In The Ticket that Exploded, Burroughs describes Nova Police Inspector J. Lee's investigation of the Nova Mob, a group of intergalactic criminals who are intent on destroying Earth by using mind control. Like the other novels in The Nova Trilogy, Burroughs wrote The Ticket that Exploded using Brion Gysin's cut-up method, in which the authors slice up paragraphs of text and then combine unrelated words and phrases to create a new text.