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BRAUTIGAN, Richard.

The Octopus Frontier.

San Francisco: The Carp Press, 1960 Stock Code: 145608
£600.00
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First edition, first printing, of Brautigan's second collection of poetry, comprising 22 poems and featuring his first photographic cover, the image taken by North Beach photographer Gui de Angulo - "it is striking and just misses being sinister" (McClure, p. 172).

Brautigan collector Craig V. Showalter notes that The Octopus Frontier, along with Brautigan's other early works The Galilee Hitch-Hiker (1958) and Lay the Marble Tea (1959) "were fragile and printed in small editions" with an unknown print run (p. 227). William Hjortsberg recounts a trade agreed to by Brautigan with Jayne Walker - Brautigan, knowing that The Octopus Frontier was "already a rare and desirable early Brautigan title", offered a signed copy for a supply of saffron brought to the US from Spain by Walker.

Some of the poems had first appeared in Richard Duerden's magazine Foot and Jack Spicer's magazine J.

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Description

Octavo. Original black and white pictorial wrappers, stapled.

Illustrations

Title page with Brautigan's teardrop-shaped trout drawing next to imprint.

Condition

Wrappers a little rubbed and soiled, contents fine. In all very good.

Bibliography

William Hjortsberg, Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan, 2012; Michael McClure, "Ninety-One Things about Richard Brautigan" & Craig V. Showalter, "Notes from a Brautigan Collector", in John F. Barber, ed., Richard Brautigan: Essays

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