in the case of fiction I often have to fudge the years I collect since it often took years either for a novel to be embraced by the counterculture or for a member of the counterculture to get it together enough to write a novel. one of the novels I'm especially sorry to have lost over the years is applegather by john bart gerald, not because it's now so rare and relatively costly, but because it was probably the first novel to give me the idea it would be worthwhile to collect these books.
- Jean Genet. Our Lady of the Flowers. Bantam. 1964. (first bantam paperback; no ISBN or lib of congress number; I bought it at manny's, given the distinctive penned price)
- Gino Sky. Appaloosa Rising: The Legend of the Cowboy Buddha. Doubleday. 1980. ISBN 0385153872. (spent a few years cooped up in one of those milk crates in the back of the bloodmobile, hence its sorry state)
- Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Lippincott. 1959. First edition. Lib of congress number 605735.
- John Kennedy Toole. A Confederacy of Dunces. Louisiana State University Press. 1980. Third printing. ISBN 0807106577. (another library copy)