Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1982-91. 1/4 cloth. 5 volumes, first editions. Good to Very Good. Annotated by Billy Jones at the end of each.
The Colour of Air. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. One of 300 trade cloth copies, 301pp. Lacks glassine wrapper. Edgeworn. Paper label on spine chipped, abraded and illegible. Billy Jones bookplate in ffep. Royal blue eps. Underlining, marginalia. Notes at end dated 1986 and 1987;
The Waters of Darkness. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1986. One of 300 trade cloth copies, 289pp. Lacks glassine wrapper. Top edge of boards slightly discoloured and edgeworn. Paper label on cloth spine in good condition. Billy Jones bookplate on ffep, light tan eps. Underlining and note at end dated 1987;
A Very Good Land to Fall With. Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1987. Of 150 hardcover copies numbered and signed by the author this is 79. Original glassine wrapper in good condition. Cloth spine with paper label, indigo eps, 296pp. Billy Jones bookmark. Underlining, notes at end dated 1988;
A Walk in the Fire. Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1989. One of 300 trade cloth editions. Original glassine wrapper in good condition. Cloth spine with paper label, indigo eps, 223pp. Sparse underlining, note at end dated 1989;
The Season, It was Winter. Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1991. Of 125 hardcover copies numbered and signed by the author this is 44. Original glassine wrapper in good condition. Cloth spine with paper label, indigo eps, 296pp. Underlining. Note at end dated Aug 2, ’91 reads, Finished at Diana’s/ round table with/ goosebumps/crawling/ all over me...
The paper covered boards of all five volumes have been nibbled along the top and bottom edges - mostly in a gentle manner that leaves only a trace, but in the case of volume three the attack has been notably voracious. Very good. Item #475
From the library of Qld-based poet and artist Billy Jones, who wrote in most of his books in felt tipped pens. At the end of The Colour of Air he wrote in brown pen, "Aug 26, '86. No novel has ever taken me longer to read - 8 mos! But it was sure worth it. Great sensitive all-consuming time warp lyric yet massive data stuff. A life immortalized." And then in blue pen: "May 25, '87. Second time through after reading vol.2 & now waiting for vol.3 (due to be published in Sept. Nothing's changed, it's still great. & same sad feelings that it's over that has given me so much perfect pleasure."