New York: Pequod Press, 1979. First Edition. Wraps. Printed wraps. Two stories by one of the original Beats. Illustrated by Leni Fuhrman with a print tipped-in opposite the title page. Copy #23 of 100 numbered copies with handset type SIGNED by the author and the artist on the colophon page. Fine. Item #015227
Elsie John was a German-born "hermaphrodite" performer, also known as a "half-and-half" in the parlance of the side show or "freak" show trade because of the custom of presenting half of the body with attributes of a typical male and the other half female. In this memoir Huncke describes how Elsie John introduced him to heroin and to the gay underground of 1930s Chicago.