London: Bernard Stone, The Turret Bookshop, 1990. Small press edition. Paperback. Very thin oblong octavo [15 cm x 21 cm] Folded green illustrated wraps with Ralph Steadman's poem on a semi-transparent sheet of folded paper mounted inside. Very good. There is a small light moisture stain on the poem. Item #25223
The illustration on the cover is by Carol Anne Duffy. "A REVERED figure in London literary life, the writer and publisher Bernard Stone held court for more than 30 years at his famous Turret Bookshop. The avant-garde bookshop, which he founded in the 1960s in Kensington Church Walk, was a magnet for writers and booklovers, drawn as much by Stone’s genial hospitality as by the extraordinary range of 20th-century works he stocked. With vodka glass in hand, he entertained such writers as Christopher Logue, Jeff Nuttall, Eric Mottram, Ted Hughes, Alan Sillitoe and Dannie Abse on their frequent visits to the shop. Lawrence Durrell, one of Stone’s closest friends, could often be found drinking white wine while browsing the shelves. Allen Ginsberg was a regular customer on his visits from the US, as was William Burroughs. Bread, cheese and wine were often stacked up by the till and it was not unusual for Stone to offer customers a glass of wine as soon as they had entered the shop. But there was never any pressure to buy. Stone loved books and he loved talking with people about books. It was no wonder that many people came to regard Turrett Books as more of a jolly club than a bookshop." - Obituary from The Times.