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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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Livingdying: Poems [Limited Edition, Signed]
[New York]: New Directions Book, [1970]. First Edition. Limited to 150 copies of which this is no. 52. Octavo (23cm.); original red cloth in black paper-covered slipcase, printed paper label mounted to upper slipcase cover; unpaged; illus. title page. Minor insect damage to slipcase, else Fine. Signed by the author on colophon.
[Item #22395]
Price: $45.00
 
Livingdying: Poems [Limited Edition, Signed]
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RSVP [Limited Edition]
Knotting, Bedfordshire: Sceptre Press, [1974]. First Edition. Limited to 150 copies of which this is no. 99. Octavo (21cm.); original lavender printed staplebound wrappers, French flaps; unpaged. Light fading to spine edge, else Fine. Printed by Skelton's Press.
[Item #22396]
Price: $12.00
 
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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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Birth Vision and Green Song
Brighton, Sussex: Five Poets Press, 1967. First Edition. Trade issue of 300 copies, issued simultaneously with a signed/numbered edition of 50. Slight external wear, else Near Fine. Dowden a lesser-known but seminal figure in the post-Beat milieu of the Sixties; best known as Allen Ginsberg's bibliographer.
[Item #26463]
Price: $25.00
 
Birth Vision and Green Song
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Foot #2
San Francisco: Foot Magazine, 1962. First Edition. Octavo. Pictorial card wrappers; 80pp. Slight external wear; internally clean and unmarked; Very Good. Holograph correction to imprint on copyright page, presumably in an editor's hand. Somewhat uncommon San Francisco little mag; contributions by Philip Whalen (who also contributed a number of illustrations)...
[Item #26457]
Price: $60.00
 
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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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The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971
[San Francisco]: City Lights, [1972]. Later edition with $3.00 price on rear wrapper. 12mo (15.75cm.); original black card wrappers; [10],188pp. Wrappers a bit rubbed, light vertical creasing to spine, else Very Good or better. Pocket Book Series no. 30.
[Item #22233]
Price: $15.00
 
The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971
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Luminous Dreams
Gran Canaria: Zasterle Press, 1997. First Edition. Small 12mo (15.5cm.); original black card wrappers illustrated by Robert LaVigne, French flaps; 52pp.; illus. Fine.
[Item #22234]
Price: $25.00
 
Luminous Dreams
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Planet News: 1961-1967 [Signed Bookplate Laid in]
[San Francisco]: City Lights Books, [1968]. First American Edition. 12mo (15.75cm.); original black and white card wrappers; 144pp. Light shelfwear, spine toned, else Very Good and sound. Pocket Poets Series no. 23. Bookplate dated 2/15/87 signed by the author laid in.
[Item #22232]
Price: $75.00
 
Planet News: 1961-1967 [Signed Bookplate Laid in]
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Reality Sandwiches, 1953-60 [Signed Bookplate Laid in]
[San Francisco]: City Lights Books, [1963]. Reprint. Fourth printing. 12mo (16cm.); original black and white card wrappers; 98pp. Extremities a bit rubbed and worn, minor toning, else Very Good. Bookplate dated 1987 and signed by the author laid in.
[Item #22231]
Price: $40.00
 
Reality Sandwiches, 1953-60 [Signed Bookplate Laid in]
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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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Howl of the Censor [Signed Bookplate Laid in]
San Carlos, CA: Nourse Publishing Company, [1961]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original cloth in black dust jacket, red topstain; xiv,144pp. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed with a few tiny chips and short closed tears. Fine in Very Good jacket. Bookplate signed by Ginsberg dated 1987 laid in. Transcript of the...
[Item #22601]
Price: $75.00
 
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All of Ted Joans And No More: Poems and Collages [...] Introduction by Miss Ilizibeth D. Klar
New York: Excelsior Press, 1961. Second Printing. Collected poems and collages from early in the poet's career. The introduction, humorously signed in print "Miss I.D. Klar" states that this was to be Joans's final literary work, and that the remainder of his career would be devoted to painting. History proved...
[Item #25561]
Price: $50.00
 
All of Ted Joans And No More: Poems and Collages [...] Introduction by Miss Ilizibeth D. Klar
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Okapi Passion [Inscribed to Israel Young, with an Original Drawing]
Berkeley: Ishmael Reed Publishing Company, 1994. First Edition. Late collection of surrealist poems by the African-American Beat poet. From the collection of New York hipster impresario Israel "Izzy" Young, proprietor of the Folklore Center on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, an important nexus for Lower East Side bohemia throughout the...
[Item #26301]
Price: $150.00
 
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Our Thang: Several Poems, Several Drawings [Inscribed to Israel Young]
Victoria, B.C. Ekstasis Editions, 2001. First Edition. Penultimate book of extraordinary jazz-poems by the famed African-American Beat poet, here presented alongside the surrealistic drawings of his partner, Canadian artist Laura Corsiglia. From the collection of New York hipster impresario Israel "Izzy" Young, proprietor of the Folklore Center on Bleecker Street...
[Item #26269]
Price: $125.00
 
Our Thang: Several Poems, Several Drawings [Inscribed to Israel Young]
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Wow [Inscribed to Israel Young]
Mukilteo, WA: Quartermoon Press, 1999. First Edition. Late collection of poems, issued as Quicksilver Chapbook #2, and illustrated by Joans's partner, Canadian artist Laura Corsiglia. From the collection of New York hipster impresario Israel "Izzy" Young, proprietor of the Folklore Center on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, an important nexus...
[Item #26300]
Price: $150.00
 
Wow [Inscribed to Israel Young]
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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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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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