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The Real Bohemia: A Sociological and Psychological Study of the "Beats" [Inscribed Presentation Copy to Contributor David Meltzer]
New York: Basic Books, 1961. First Edition. A thoroughgoing attempt, not entirely sympathetic, at a socio-psychological examination of the Beat lifestyle, by two Bay Area psychiatrists. Chapter 9 comprises a brief anthology of Beat literature, mostly poetry; this section includes 3 works ("23rd Raga / For Tina;" "14th Raga /...
[Item #16721]
Price: $300.00
 
The Real Bohemia: A Sociological and Psychological Study of the "Beats" [Inscribed Presentation Copy to Contributor David Meltzer]
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The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; orange cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front panel; black topstain; dustjacket; 226pp. Remainder mark to lower edge of text, else Fine in a Near Fine, unclipped dustjacket with sunning to spine.
[Item #18462]
Price: $150.00
 
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In Watermelon Sugar
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; teal photo-illustrated boards; dustjacket; 138pp. Trivial rubbing to board edges, with faint foxing to upper edge of text and a small stain to right edge; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, with light edgewear and several short tears; Very Good+. The...
[Item #18461]
Price: $125.00
 
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Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt
New York: Delacorte Press, 1970. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; red photo-illustrated boards; dustjacket; 85pp. Previous owners name scratched out in ink on front pastedown, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, lightly edge-rubbed, with a few short tears and faint mark on front panel; Very Good+. A bright, unfaded...
[Item #18463]
Price: $150.00
 
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Kerouac: A Biography
San Francisco: Straight Arrow Press, 1973. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; rough cream cloth, with titles stamped in light blue on spine; dustjacket; 419pp. Remainder mark to lower text edges, else Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket.
[Item #17833]
Price: $25.00
 
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The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems [Inscribed]
San Francisco: City Lights, 1969. Facsimile Reprint. Facsimile reprint of the 1959 first edition. Octavo; printed card wrappers; 35pp. Inscribed by Corso inside the front wrapper: "My first work / O how I loved poetry - but yet I was weak here - / Gregory," undated and with no inscribee...
[Item #17867]
Price: $225.00
 
The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems [Inscribed]
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Gunslinger Book 1 [with] Gunslinger Book 2
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1968 / 1969. First, Limited Edition. Two volumes. Original coarse buckram over boards. Book 1: #68 of 100 signed copies. Book 2: #142 of 250 signed copies. Both volumes fine in original acetate (unprinted) jackets. Excellent copies of the first two installments in Dorn's "Gunslinger" epic.
[Item #18621]
Price: $300.00
 
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Medieval Scenes
San Francisco: Centaur Press, 1950. First Edition. A superb copy of this important early collection by Duncan who, along with his friends Kermit Sheets and James Broughton (proprietors of the Centaur Press) occupied a central place in the vibrant San Francisco literary scene of the 1950s. Limited to 250 copies...
[Item #7000]
Price: $300.00
 
Medieval Scenes
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Renegade Christmas [Limited Edition, Signed]
Northridge: Lord John Press, 1984. First, Limited Edition. One of 125 numbered copies, signed by William Everson. Quarto; 3/4 wood grain paper over boards, quarterbound in tan leather with titles stamped in gilt on spine; 22pp. Some trivial rubbing along lower board edges, else Fine.
[Item #17996]
Price: $125.00
 
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Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion
New York: Excelsior Press Publishers, 1960. Octavo (21cm.); yellow photo-illustrated wraps printed in black and white; 96pp. Faintly toned at the spine with a few pinpoint rubs at the edges, else Near Fine. The volume contains 'Venice 1958' by Gregory Corso, 'Epithalmium' by Allen Ginsberg, 'Sitting Under Tree Number Two'...
[Item #16995]
Price: $30.00
 
Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion
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Ankor Wat
London: Fulcrum Press, 1968. First UK Edition. Trade Issue. Slim octavo; olive green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 48pp; illus. Bookplate signed and dated by Ginsberg (2/15/87) loosely laid in. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with some trivial wear to the extremities. Ginsberg's long...
[Item #18464]
Price: $100.00
 
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Golden Sardine (Pocket Poets Series Number Twenty One)
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1969. Second Printing. Square 12mo. Pictorial card wrappers; 81pp. Fine, apparently unread copy.
[Item #17843]
Price: $25.00
 
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Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness
New York: New Directions, 1965. Later Printing. Octavo. Pictorial card wrappers; 87pp. Hint of dusting to covers, else a bright, unnmarked copy, Near Fine.
[Item #17841]
Price: $15.00
 
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Big Sur
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1962. First Edition. Octavo. Blue, cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; 241pp. Blue top-stain faded to light gray; hint of fading to cloth at crown of spine, else a tight, straight, Near Fine copy in the original dustwrapper, lightly soiled overall with brief closed tear to front...
[Item #18622]
Price: $300.00
 
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Doctor Sax
New York: Grove Press, 1959. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; black wrappers, printed in red and white; 245pp. Rubbing to extremities, vertical reading crease to front wrapper, with a remainder mark to lower text edges and light soil to endpapers and rear wrapper; Very Good, perhaps marginally better.
[Item #17785]
Price: $40.00
 
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Maggie Cassidy
London: Andre Deutsch, 1974. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; pink textured paper over boards, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; 155pp. Foxing to upper edge of text, with a bit of rough erasure to front endpaper; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped and virtually unrubbed for this title...
[Item #18149]
Price: $200.00
 
17.

Old Angel Midnight
Llanfynydd, Wales: Unicorn Bookshop, 1973. First UK Edition. Small octavo; blue and teal illustrated wraps, stapled; 52pp. A Fine copy of this Kerouac piece, first published in the pages of Big Table 1 in 1959.
[Item #17784]
Price: $45.00
 
Old Angel Midnight
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Visions of Cody
London: Andre Deutsch, 1973. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; full pink cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 398pp. Upper rear corner gently tapped (though still sharp), with a very faint stain to rear endpaper; Near Fine. Dustjacket is lightly worn along the edges, else very Near...
[Item #18148]
Price: $100.00
 
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Visions of Gerard
New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1963. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; 3/4 pink and white floral-patterned paper over boards, quarterbound in black cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 152pp. Touch of sunning to upper board edges, with four small stains to lower text edges; Near Fine...
[Item #18150]
Price: $200.00
 
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Circle Number Five
Berkeley: Circle Editions, 1945. First edition. Octavo. Pictorial wrappers; 81p. Mild rubbing to spine and wrapper edges, else clean and tight. Features work by e.e. cummings, Weldon Kees, Max Jacob, Henry Miller, others. Photomontage covers by Bern Porter, as well as an insert of 'photo-poems' by Porter & Leite. Early...
[Item #10647]
Price: $60.00
 
Circle Number Five
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An Astonished Eye Looks Out of the Air
Waldport, OR: The Untide Press, [1946]. First trade edition. Octavo. Black wrappers with white title label affixed; (35p). Bit of soil visible to white portion of covers; corners rounded; still a clean, Near Fine copy. This is the second impression, created when all but about 30 copies of the first...
[Item #10543]
Price: $125.00
 
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Before The Brave
New York: Random House, 1936. First edition. Octavo. Original red cloth boards; 131p. INSCRIBED on front endpaper to Patchen's friend, the playwright & screenwriter Jacques Thery: "For Jacques Thery, friend / Kenneth Patchen / June 1937." Clean, sturdy copy of Patchen's first book, sunned on spine and to a lesser...
[Item #10529]
Price: $200.00
 
Before The Brave
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But Even So
New York: New Directions, 1968. First edition. Small octavo. Yellow cloth boards; dustjacket; [96p.]. Minor soil & rubbing to board edges, still better than VG in lightly rubbed pictorial jacket. MORGAN A35.
[Item #10542]
Price: $75.00
 
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Cloth of the Tempest
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First edition. Octavo. Cloth boards with paper spine and cover labels; dustjacket; 185p. Straight, tight copy; spine label slightly toned, else quite Near Fine, in the scarce original dustjacket, unclipped, with slight dusting to rear panel but still fresh and attractive. Patchen's uncommon sixth...
[Item #10530]
Price: $200.00
 
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The Dark Kingdom
New York: Ganis and Harris, 1948. Second printing. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 174p. Fine copy in barely edge-rubbed jacket, very near fine; uncommon thus. Patchen's fourth book, originally published in 1942 by art students Wayne Harriss and Jan Givens. The Dark Kingdom was the only book they produced for commercial...
[Item #10639]
Price: $75.00
 


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