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Run with the Hunted (1962) – Signed by Charles Bukowski with Drawing

Run with the Hunted (1962) – Signed by Charles Bukowski with Drawing

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“Run with the Hunted” was published in 1962 by Midwest Poetry Chapbooks out of Chicago. It is considered Bukowski’s third book and only 300 copies were published.

You’ll only find a handful of “Run with the Hunted” copies on the market, but this is the only signed copy that I am aware of at the moment. And while association copies are always interesting, this one is inscribed to no one. It is a period signature and includes his trademark little man with a bottle.

“Run with the Hunted” was edited by R.R. Cuscaden, an early proponent of Bukowski’s work. Cuscaden and Ron Offen were co-editors of Odyssey: Explorations in contemporary poetry and the arts from 1958-1959. Vol. 11, No. 1, of the magazine (1959) featured the Bukowski poems I Live Too Near The Slaughterhouse and When Hugo Wolf Went Mad. The later is considered one of Bukowski’s greatest works, appearing in five Bukowski books and captured on four recordings.

Cuscaden and Offen were also co-editors of Midwest. Bukowski appeared in four issues of the magazine between 1961 and 1964. Later, Offen, along with Jay Robert Nash, would publish Bukowski’s Cold Dogs in the Courtyard in 1965 under the imprint Cyfoeth, Chicago Literary Times.

This copy also comes with the second issue of Gallows magazine, which featured a full-page announcement for “Run with the Hunted” with flattering words on Bukowski’s work to date.

This copy is in Near Fine condition with the slightest touch of sunning near the spine, an attribute I’ve seen in several copies. I have a feeling it may have more to do with the ink being stretched when folded, rather than actual sunning.

Case 5 and Shelf 1

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