Exemplary copy of the first American edition of Ballard's 1969 experimental novel, published in the UK as "The Atrocity Exhibition." Doubleday originally produced a copy under that title in 1970, only to scrap it over concerns regarding the portrayal of certain celebrities. This edition with a preface by William S. Burroughs. NY: Grove Press, 1972. First American edition. Octavo, 8-1/4 x 5-5/8 in. Black cloth; metallic red and orange spine titles; dust jacket. 156pp. Mild softening to spine ends. Else very fine in a fine, unclipped ("$5.95") jacket.