Lot 79 of 202:
Lenny Bruce's first book, Stamp Help Out  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$420
$700 - $1,000

Stamp Help Out

Bruce, Lenny

No place




2 copies, 1st and 2nd printings. Unpaginated. Illustrated from photographs. 28x21.5 cm (11x8½"), blue pictorial wrappers, in a black cloth pressure binder.

Lenny Bruce’s self-published first book. Pseudo-biography, photos, and a long satirical article “The Pot Smokers” lampooning that era’s ignorance and fear of smoking marijuana. Bruce occasionally sold copies at his shows but he gave most of the initial print run to Lawrence Ferlinghetti to sell at his City Lights bookstore in San Francisco. After Bruce’s obscenity arrests in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he reprinted the booklet with some of its profanity x'd out and asked Ferlinghetti to destroy the remaining original copies. True first editions are scarce; many booksellers who have sold "first edition" copies were unaware that two printings exist. The first printing copy has some inked notations inside the back cover about setting the books out for display at concerts. Some of this may be in Bruce’s hand but it is probably by an assistant and no warranty is given.  Included is a vintage “photocopied” table card  with the $2-dollar selling price. 

Lot Amendments

The first printing copy is very good; the second is fine.

Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.