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GINSBERG, Allen.

Howl and other poems....

The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four.

Availability: In stock

Published: San Francisco The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956

Stock Code: 133699

£2,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First published edition, first printing, with the spelling "Lucien Carr" in the dedication, and the eighth line of the second paragraph on the rear cover beginning "Harlem". This copy is from the library of contemporary San Francisco poet Jean Mclean, with their calligraphic ownership inscription "Jean and Jo Mclean" to p. 4, and each of the elided swear words carefully supplied in manuscript. Mclean's poetry was published in Seven Stray Cats in Sausalito in 1957, alongside poets such as Jack Gilbert, with whom they collaborated on two erotic novels under the pseudonym Tor Kung, Gerald Stern, and Laura Uronovitz. Howl and other poems was a landmark collection considered one of the principle works of literature that launched the Beat Generation. It was Ginsberg's first regularly published book, and was printed in a run of an estimated 1,500 copies. It was preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed printings of the title poem (1955) and Siesta in Xbalba (July 1956).

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Description

Duodecimo. Original stiff black wrappers, stapled as issued, with a white hand-pasted wraparound paper label printed in black.

Condition

Very minor rubbing to extremities, light browning to wraparound label, edges faintly toned as often; nevertheless a very good copy indeed.

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