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The Lost Ones and Ping


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First edition of Bing (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1966). One of 100 numbered copies hors commerce of an edition of 762 on vélin cuve B.F.K. Rives. Inscribed by Beckett on the half-title to John and Evelyn Kobler in November 1966.


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German edition of Bing, translated by Elmar Tophoven, with embossed illustrations by H. M. Erhardt (Stuttgart: Manus Press, 1970). Edition limited to 60 numbered copies. The plates, printed on papier Arches, are numbered and signed in pencil by the artist.


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First printing in English of “Ping” (a segment of Bing) in Encounter, Vol. 28, No. 2, February 1967.


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“Dans le cylindre” in Livres de France: Revue littéraire mensuelle, XVIIIe année, No. 1, January 1967. Illustrated with a photographic portrait of Samuel Beckett by Guy Suignard. This special issue devoted principally to Beckett is inscribed by Beckett to John and Evelyn Kobler. He has added two lines to the text and made one additional correction in ink.

This then-unpublished passage from a text written in 1966 appeared in its complete form in 1970 as Le Dépeupleur. It is the same passage which appears in The North, published in 1972 and illustrated by Avigdor Arikha.

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