First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Ginsberg on the title page: “Allen Ginsberg for Maud Hallin, 3/27/91 – City Lights”, with a sketch of a skull and a flower, with the word “AH” written in its centre, referring to the poem “Ah, Sunflower”, by William Blake – one of Ginsberg’s favourites. Ginsberg’s fantastic collection of photographs includes portraits of his close friends, Kerouac, Cassady, Burroughs, Orlovsky, Snyder, Corso and Leary to name but a few; and some of luminaries such as Robert Frank, Basil Bunting, Lou Reed and Ken Kesey; all with revealing descriptive annotations in facsimile. From an edition of 5,000 copies.
Folio. Original grey cloth, titles to front cover and spine in blind, black endpapers. With the dust jacket. 91 full-page photographs. Edges of faintly lightly faded, a few tiny brown specks to fore edge of text block. An excellent copy in a lightly edge-rubbed jacket with one tiny closed tear to rear panel.
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