Angels of the Lyre.
A Gay Poetry Anthology. Edited by Winston Leyland.San Francisco, Panjandrum Press, Gay Sunshine Press, June 1975 Stock Code: 123172
NotesFirst edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher's own copy, number two of 10 copies signed by Leyland, of the first Gay Sunshine Press publication, and one of the earliest openly gay poetry anthologies. This small signed issue was one of 200 hardcover copies, most of which were sold to libraries. This copy comes from Winston Leyland's personal collection and is additionally signed by him on the title page. Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975, which was notable for its pioneering anthologies of gay writing from other cultures, and his Gay Sunshine Journal (1970-82) was particularly influential for its interviews with prominent gay writers of the era. Angels of the Lyre was the first book publication of Gay Sunshine Press, printing poems by gay poets such as Joe Brainard, Charles Henri Ford, Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga, Harold Norse, Frank O'Hara, and many more.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles gilt to spine and front. No jacket as issued.
Illustrated frontispiece and others in the text.
Cloth a little spotted, faint spotting to edges and some sparse instances within, a very good copy.
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