Water Street. Poems.
First edition, second printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title “With love to Alan, since he misses these canals, Jimmy, 1963”. Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac’s characters including “Rollo Greb” in On the Road, and for “A.J.” in Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.
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Octavo. Original blue and green wrappers. Wrappers rubbed, creased and partially separated from spine, contents a little toned. A very good copy.