New York: Boar's Head Books, . First English language edition. 189 pp. Light brown cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, with the dust jacket. Lower corner of spine bumped, head of spine slightly rubbed; jacket shows corresponding bump and has a couple of tape repairs to verso at head and tail of spine. The first English translation of the "book in which modern literature began- or ended."
The entire cycle of Ubu plays: Ubu Roi, Ubu Enchaine, and Ubu Cocu. Translated by Beverley Keith and G[ershon] Legman, who contributes an afterword. Laid into this copy are several intriguing documents. The first, a Typed Letter Signed, is addressed to the original purchaser of the book from the dealer, M. J. Royer of Los Angeles, dated March 26, 1953, in which Royer discusses his acquaintanceship with Legman (here called George Legman), calling him "a character, but I think, brilliant and worth knowing." He encloses two letters to him (Royer) from Legman. The first Typed Note Signed, dated March 1, 1953, announces the publication of King Turd with a carbon typescript of the jacket copy attached, along with a proof sheet of a page from the book. The sender is "NEUROTICA," the name of the journal Legman was then editing. The second letter is a Typed Letter Signed, dated March 16, 1953, thanking the bookseller for his order of ten copies of the book and chatting a bit about Legman's previous publication Love and Death. ("I am thinking of having MGM and Superman Comics reprint it (as a comic book) to serve as a handbook for new employees. That's my only chance to get it back in print. Naturally the title will be scaled down to the 10 cent price- to be called Screwing & Killing."). Item #1984