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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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Beatitude 21
San Francisco: Beatitude / Discovery Bookshop, 1975. First Edition. Quarto; 28pp. Side-stapled mimeographed wrappers; 32pp. Cover drawing by Ed Holden. Cover torn at stapled edge and partially detached, with old clear tape repair; slight external soil; contents clean and unmarked; Good to Very Good. Late issue of this acclaimed counterculture...
[Item #20446]
Price: $25.00
 
Beatitude 21
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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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Dinners & Nightmares
New York: Corinth Books, 1961. First Edition. The Beat author's first collection of stories, all of which first appeared in various little magazines between 1957-1960. First Printing. Octavo (20.25cm); black and white photo-illustrated wraps; 94pp, [2]. Some trivial wear and light spotting to covers; Near Fine.
[Item #22721]
Price: $25.00
 
Dinners & Nightmares
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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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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
 
16.

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
 
18.

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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Hymns to St. Geryon and Other Poems
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Press, 1959. First Edition. Collection of poems, many of which first appeared in the pages of Yugen, Evergreen Review, Black Mt. Review, and Semina, et al. Quarto (25.5.cm); beige wrappers, with titles letterpress printed in brown on front cover and author-designed emblem silkscreened in blue to...
[Item #22769]
Price: $40.00
 
Hymns to St. Geryon and Other Poems
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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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