(London): Aloes Books, Trystero, Mouldwarp, 1978, 1980, 1983, Wraps. Six 8vo saddle-stapled pamphlets, all with minor edgewear and occasional faint soil. All items very good plus. Very good +. Item #24027
Six of Thomas Pynchon's early short stories, reprinted with questionable authorization, to Pynchon's own later displeasure. Set includes: THE SECRET INTEGRATION, LOW-LANDS, MORTALITY AND MERCY IN VIENNA, THE SMALL RAIN, ENTROPY, and A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF WATTS, all initially published between 1959 and 1966, in the Cornell Writer, Epoch, the Saturday Evening Post, and the New York Times Magazine.
Though often referred to collectively as the Pynchon 'pirate' editions, two of the pamphlets issued by Aloes Books had some claim to legitimacy, and all four were produced with great attention to cover art and design quality: permission for publication was granted for Mortality and Mercy in Vienna by the editor of Epoch, in which it had first appeared, and for Low-Lands by Pynchon's then-agent. Permission was sought for the subsequent two Aloes editions, but not granted; and the two imitation pamphlets by publishers Mouldwarp (A Journey Into the Mind of Watts) and Trystero (Entropy) did not copy Aloes Books in making any effort to obtain authorization for their products. Five of these stories would eventually be reprinted officially in Pynchon's SLOW LEARNER (1984), perhaps in an effort to regain control over the distribution and reception of his "goofy and ill-considered" early work, towards which he maintained some ambivalence.
[Florina Kostulias, "An Enquiry into the Nature: Aloes Books and the Pynchon “Piracies”].