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  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by Penguin Classics, London, 2009

    ISBN 10: 0141190167ISBN 13: 9780141190167

    Seller: Frances Wetherell, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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    Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as issued. 1st Edition. First printing in this format with the number '1' on the verso of the title page. Slight moister stain to the bottom corner of the rear cover otherwise a firm, clean copy.


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  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by Penguin Books, London, 2009

    ISBN 10: 0141190167ISBN 13: 9780141190167

    Seller: Salsus Books (P.B.F.A.), Kidderminster, United Kingdom

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    Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. viii 117pp paperback, very good.

  • ALLEN GINSBERG

    Published by CITY LIGHTS BOOKS, SAN FRANCISCO, 1969

    Seller: K Books Ltd ABA ILAB, York, YORKS, United Kingdom

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    Soft cover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. WITH 44 PAGES , SOPFT COVER , COVER SLIGHTLY MARKED O/W VERY GOODN.

  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by Penguin Books, Camberwell, 2010

    ISBN 10: 0141195231ISBN 13: 9780141195230

    Seller: Bookwood, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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    Wraps. Condition: Fine. First Thus. Popular Penguins. Mass market paperback. A LIKE NEW very nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 117pp. SB-95.


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    Taschenbuch. Condition: Neu. Neu Neuware, Importqualitšt, auf Lager - The landmark, original publication of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL & Other Poems!HOWL & Other Poems, the prophetic book that launched the Beat Generation, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books in 1956. Considered the single most influential work of post-WWII United States poetry, the City Lights edition of HOWL has remained in print for more than 60 years, with well over 1,000,000 copies in print. A strident critique of middle-class complacency, consumerism, and capitalist militarism, HOWL also celebrates the pleasures and freedoms of the physical world, including a tribute to homosexual love. In addition to 'Howl,' poems in the book include: 'A Supermarket in California,' 'Sunflower Sutra,' 'America,' 'In the Baggage Room at Greyhound,' 'Transcription of Organ Music,' and 'Wild Orphan,' among others. A History of HOWL:City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti first heard Allen Ginsberg read 'Howl' at the Six Gallery event in San Francisco, 1955, which featured writers Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Michael McClure, introduced by poet Kenneth Rexroth. Jack Kerouac was present, but did not read, encouraging and cheering the other poets on. Ferlinghetti was so impressed by Ginsberg's performance, he immediately telegrammed him, referencing Ralph Waldo Emerson's response to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, 'I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript ' When the first edition of HOWL arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with the City Lights Bookstore manager, Shigeyoshi Murao. The two were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case was sent to trial. Ferlinghetti partnered with the ACLU to launch a defense of HOWL, and a parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses appeared in court to persuade the judge of its merits. In the end, famously conservative Judge Clayton Horn ruled that the poem was not obscene, but rather, as he stated emphatically, HOWL was a work of 'redeeming social significance.' The landmark decision signaled a sea change in American culture, and the City Lights edition of HOWL became a vital cornerstone in the ongoing struggle for free expression and representation. It continues to attract generation after generation of readers. 'It is the poet, Allen Ginsberg, who has gone, in his own body, through the horrifying experiences described from life in these pages.'-William Carlos Williams 'Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius . . . probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman.'-Bob Dylan 'Not only did he give us love and poetry, he reminded us of our civic duty to use our voice.'-Patti Smith 'Howl was Allen's metamorphosis from quiet, brilliant, burning bohemian scholar trapped by his flames and repressions to epic vocal bard.'-Michael McClure 57 pp. Englisch.


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  • Seller image for ALLEN GINSBERG at Reed College: HOWL & Other Poems (Vinyl LP Record) for sale by OUTSIDER ENTERPRISES

    GINSBERG, ALLEN

    Published by Omnivore Recordings, Los Angeles, CA, 2021

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    Audio Book (LP). Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. LP - NEW (Sealed in publisher's shrinkwrap) - On February 13 and 14, 1956, Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg read at Reed College, with the Valentine?s Day performance recorded, forgotten, then found in a box in 2007. Reading ?Howl? out loud in front of an audience is an exhausting and emotional experience, so Ginsberg warmed up by reading several shorter poems first. The Reed recording includes these shorter selections and most of Part I of ?Howl.? The restored recording is crystal clear; you can not only hear Ginsberg turning the pages, but taking breaths after each long line. The audience is pin-drop quiet except for a few places in the reading, for instance, one moment when someone in the audience says something that can?t be heard that elicits laughter, to which Ginsberg responds, ?I don?t want to corrupt the youth.? Other lines generate laughter, but the audience is attentive and respectful, allowing for a present-day fly-on-the-wall listening experience. In testimony to how emotionally draining it was to read the poem two nights in a row, as Ginsberg launches into Part II, he stops after four lines saying, ?I don?t really feel like reading any more, I haven?t got any kind of steam. So I?d like to cut, do you mind?? Thus ends the first known recording of ?Howl? and now begins its 21st century access for all to hear.

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Books

    Seller: Southampton Books, Southampton, NY, U.S.A.

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    Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition, 8th Printing (Sept. 1959). Not price-clipped (75 cents price intact). Published by City Lights Books, 1956. 12mo. Pictorial wraps. Book is very good. Sharp corners and spine straight. Binding tight and pages crisp. Covers have light shelf wear with a few small creases. Book placed in custom acetate protector. A very good copy of this collection of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, the first printing of which to have previously suppressed material included. 44 pages. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ship with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Southampton, New York. We Buy Books! Individual titles, libraries, collections. Message us if you have books to sell!.

  • Seller image for ALLEN GINSBERG Reads HOWL & Other Poems Deluxe Edition (Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP Record & Book Set) for sale by OUTSIDER ENTERPRISES

    GINSBERG, ALLEN

    Published by Craft Recordings, Beverly Hills, CA, 2017

    Seller: OUTSIDER ENTERPRISES, Brockville, ON, Canada

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    Audio Book (LP). Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. LP & Book Set - Limited Edition Red Vinyl (Limited to 500 Copies) NEW (Sealed in publisher's shrinkwrap) - Decades after its arrival, Howl remains one of the most important poems of the mid-20th century. Its 1959 release on red translucent vinyl (reproduced here as part of the Deluxe Package), is arguably the best-known recording to feature any beat-era poet. Although the poem "Howl" itself is the centerpiece of the program, each additional reading, namely the entrancing "Footnote to Howl" and "Howl" (Part One)," are born into life full of passion and equally world-weary and world-embracing totality of Ginsberg?s inherent greatness. - This deluxe vinyl box set includes the LP, a reproduction of the original City Lights reading invite, a photo of Ginsberg, a reproduction of the Pocket Poem book, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes by Beat scholar Ann Charteris, and notes by Ann Waldman.

  • Allen Ginsberg

    Published by City Lights Publishers, San Francisco, California, 1996

    ISBN 10: 0872863107ISBN 13: 9780872863101

    Seller: Arch Bridge Bookshop, Bellows Falls, VT, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: As New. No Jacket. First Thus. Like new hardcover 1996 reprint.

  • Ginsberg, Allen; Williams, William Carlos

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1967

    Seller: Artis Books & Antiques, Calumet, MI, U.S.A.

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    Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. 3rd Printing. Pocket Poets Series Number Four. Third Printing printed on the rear. 75 cents price on the rear. Age toning & rubbing to edges of cover. Size: Square 16mo. POETRY.

  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Books, [1956], San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library, Montreal, QC, Canada

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    No Binding. Condition: Clamshell As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. No Binding. Custom Clamshell Case. Ginsberg, Allen. HOWL AND OTHER POEMS. Custom Clamshell Case [Not A Book] White title & rules stamped on a black cloth spine over black custom handmade black marbled paper sides, black velour interior. A superb case for the Modern Masterpiece in very fine condition.

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    Ginsberg, Allen (author), William Carlos Williams (introduction by), Gerd Stern (association copy)

    Published by San Francisco: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop / Pocket Poets Series, 1957

    Seller: Philip Smith, Bookseller, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

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    Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st edition. Near VG. 8vo, 44pp, stapled wrappers. This unmarked copy from the collection of poet Gerd Stern, whom Ginsberg famously (and falsely) accused of losing the famed 1950 Joan Anderson Letter sent by Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac over the side of his Sausalito houseboat. A solid copy with some toning, outer soil, and staple rust; a great association from the innermost circle of Beat Causality. Not Signed.

  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights, 1959

    ISBN 10: 0872860175ISBN 13: 9780872860179

    Seller: David Morrison Books, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

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    Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Softcover, 12mo. 38th printing. Signed & dated on title page. 57 pp. + ads. Black and white wraps. Scarce signed copy. Signed by Author(s).

  • Ginsberg, Allen.

    Published by Fantasy Records, San Francisco, 1976

    Seller: Compass Rose Books, ABAA-ILAB, Kensington, CA, U.S.A.

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    Fine LP in a Fine sleeve. Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Issue of this LP. A Fine copy (unplayed) in a Fine envelope and a Fine cardboard sleeve. Includes a complete reading of Howl (the poem), as well as A Supermarket in California; Transcription of Organ Music; America; In the Back of the Real; Strange New Cottage in Berkeley; Europe, Europe; and Kaddish. Q16858.

  • Ginsberg, Allen.

    Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1959

    Seller: Compass Rose Books, ABAA-ILAB, Kensington, CA, U.S.A.

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    Stapled wrappers. Condition: As New. Reprint. Originally published by City Lights Books as Number Four in the Pocket Poets Series in 1956, this is the Eighth printing of 1959, noted by Cook as the first printing to incorporate previously suppressed content. A Very Fine copy, bound with two staples in the familiar square black and white format. A noteworthy issue. Q17170.

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    Allen Ginsberg

    Published by City Lights Books, 1956

    Seller: Moe's Books, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

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    Soft cover. Condition: Very good. No jacket. First edition, second printing (Second Edition on the back cover). White paste-on cover label is toned along the spine. Label is just starting to peel off. Lucien Carr omitted from the dedication page.

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1957

    Seller: Brian Cassidy Books at Type Punch Matrix, Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Very good. Third printing (stated) - and first produced in the U.S. - of Ginsberg's landmark poem, number four in the Pocket Poets Series. While the first two printings of HOWL were produced in London by Villiers, when U.S. Customs seized more than 500 copies of the latter printing for alleged obscenity (leading to one of the most important censorship trials of the 20th century), publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti printed this third domestically, bringing the book out from under the jurisdiction of Customs - a fact conspicuously noted on the copyright page, which clearly states "Manufactured in the United States of America." A significant copy from early in the history of this landmark poem that along with Kerouac's ON THE ROAD and Burroughs's NAKED LUNCH form the cornerstones of the Beat movement. It remains Ginsberg's most enduring work. 6.25'' x 5''. Original stiff black stapled wrappers (75 cents). 44 pages. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Covers rubbed and toned with a bit of spotting. Else sound and clean.

  • Seller image for [Vinyl Record] [John Ciardi's Copy] [Beats] Allen Ginsberg Reads Howl and Other Poems; [together with] Howl and Other Poems [No. 4 in the Pocket Poets Series] for sale by Fine Editions Ltd

    GINSBERG, Allen (1926-1997)

    Published by Fantasy / City Lights Bookshop, n.p. / San Francisco, 1959

    Seller: Fine Editions Ltd, Lancaster, PA, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Fine- / Fine-. First Edition. First Pressing of this 33 1/3 rpm (12-inch) LP phonograph record (numbered 7006 on sleeve and vinyl), on which the poet recites (screams, begs, urges) "Howl" and other poems. Transparent red vinyl (not the later, more common black vinyl) with burgundy labels, plain paper slip, and original card sleeve printed in green, orange, andblack. Stamped in red: "Promotional Copy / Not for Sale" on rear of sleeve, with ownership of poet John Ciardi faintly stamped on upper right corner of front and neat blue ball-point notes to rear, probably in Ciardi's hand, commenting on the readings (Ginsberg recites "Howl," "The Sunflower Sutra," "Footnote to Howl," "A Supermarket in California," "Transcription of Organ Music," "America," "In the Back of the Real," "Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," "Europe! Europe!," and "Kaddish."). Long printed introduction by Ginsberg on rear sleeve. Offered with Third Printing (so stated on rear cover and priced 75 cents) of the First City Lights Edition of Howl and Other Poems, dedicated to Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady and introduced by William Carlos Williams. Foolscap 8vo (157 x 121mm): 44pp. Black and white stapled card covers, inside covers blank, without separate white paper wraparound label of first two printings (now incorporated into cover design). LP's paper slip wrinkled but intact without tears, card sleeve lightly toned else about Fine. Book about Fine, pages slightly toned but clean throughout. Cook 4. Morgan F2a and A3. In October, 1956, with publication of Howl and Other Poems in an edition of 1000 copies by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookshop, came fame and notoriety. Ferlinghetti was charged with disseminating obscene literature and arrested, but Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that "Howl" was not obscene, and the collection ultimately was translated into twenty-eight languages. "Howl" became as famous "as any American poem since Eliot's"The Waste Land"and is still an icon of the Beat generation as powerful as Kerouac'sOn The Road . . . It is meant to be recited, and in his recitations Ginsberg was filled with gusto; he gesticulated and screamed, begged, urged and took off his clothes. . . . He was a lyric genius who, along with William Carlos Williams, was one of the greatest influences on the American poetical voice since Walt Whitman." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

  • Seller image for HOWL and other poems (signed & doodled) for sale by Medium Rare Books

    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: Medium Rare Books, Mountainside, NJ, U.S.A.

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    Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Wraps. - SIGNED / INSCRIBED - City Lights Books, San Francisco (1956) 1969. 16mo 44 pp. Signed First Edition, 21st printing from 1969. 186,000 copies were printed in-between the 1st printing in October 1956 and this copy, the 21st printing in June 1969. This copy is signed and inscribed by Allen Ginsberg. This date coincides with Allen Ginsberg's book signing and reading at the Boulder Public Library. An original flyer of this event will be included in the sale. the flyer shows the same date/location as the date and location in the book. The original flyer will come folded. The book shows general handling and wear around the edges and lightest soiling. Allen Ginsberg has SIGNED and INSRIBED the title page: For __ __ , Allen Ginsberg. Allen Ginsberg also dated this and included the location, Boulder Colorado. In addition to this, Allen Ginsberg also drew a sketch turning the O in HOWL into a daisy or sunflower. Very faint small stain at top edge along multiple page tops. $1.00 price intact on back cover. A matching price is lightly written in pen on the upper right corner of the 1st page. As for the event, on Wednesday November 10, 1982 the Boulder Colorado Public Library hosted a lecture presented by the Naropa Institute. Naropa's Free Lecture Series: Hidden Knowledge/Public Insight featured Allen Ginsberg sharing a social literary history of 3 decades spanning the 1940s - 1960s. Some of the topics that were touched upon were Sex Liberation, Psychedelics, Cosa Nostra Porn, BeBop, Bohemian Grass, Meditative Practices, Beat - Hip-Me Generation etc. etc. A most special night rivaled by a most special tight copy of the 20th century's most famous poem, signed, inscribed and doodled by Allen Ginsberg that same evening. Signed by Author(s).

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    GINSBERG, Allen

    Published by Nasu Shobo, Tokyo, 1961

    Seller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA, Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First Japanese edition. Translated by Yasujiro Furusawa. 70pp. Octavo. Silver-gray cloth boards with gilt lettering on black leather that wraps around both boards and the spine. Housed in publisher's gray cardboard slipcase with white paper label and wrapped in original unprinted glassine. Near fine with some rubbing, remainder marks at the bottom of the text block and faint glue residue to the pastedown, along with remnant of the glassine dustwrapper; slipcase with some toning on the spine. Limited to 500 numbered copies; this is copy 234. Only the third foreign translation of this Ginsberg's work and notable for its accompanying commentary from fellow Beat Gary Snyder, whom by the time of this book's release, had lived in Japan for more than six years, pursuing the study of Zen Buddhism. An uncommon edition with *OCLC* locating three copies, one in Japan.

  • GINSBERG, ALLEN.

    Published by San Francisco: City Lights, 1956, 1956

    Seller: Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc, Newton, MA, U.S.A.

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    First edition; first state. Publisher's wrappers; some soiling and spotting; pencil owner's inscription on the title page; a very good copy. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.

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    Allen Ginsberg

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956

    Seller: Moe's Books, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

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    Soft cover. Condition: Good. No jacket. 1st ed. First edition, first printing of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl and Other Poems," first published in 1956 by The City Lights Pocket Bookshop. This first edition includes dedication to Lucien Carr, which was subsequently removed from all other printings at Carr's request following the 1944 murder of David Kammerer. Cover of this copy is tanned along spine edge and lightly stained, not affecting legibility of text. Binding is tight. Title and dedication page are creased on bottom right corner and some pages very lightly soiled, not affecting legibility of text. Pages are otherwise bright and unmarked.

  • Ginsberg, Allen.

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: Compass Rose Books, ABAA-ILAB, Kensington, CA, U.S.A.

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    Stapled wrappers. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Second Printing with "Second Edition" printed on rear cover. This is the issue seized by U.S. Customs at San Francisco on its way from the Printer in London; hence, due to the destruction of many of the copies, decidedly scarcer even than the first printing. A beautiful, unequivocally Fine copy in black stapled wrappers with white printed wraparound pastedown (which conceals the staples). No wear. No soil. No tears or creases or dog-ears. No toning. 44pp., without Lucien Carr's name on the dedication. Laid in is a photocopy of the Poetry (Chicago) Magazine open letter from Henry Rago (Editor) to Lawrence Ferlinghetti informing him that the book has been approved for review in a subsequent issue. Cook Number Four ff. Scarce condition copy. Q13282.

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    GINSBERG, Allen.

    Published by New York: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956, 1956

    Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom

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    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." (with a period rather than comma). A landmark collection, Howl is one of the principal 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. Duodecimo. Original stiff black wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, white hand-pasted wrap-around paper label printed in black. Wraparound label lightly foxed, else a fresh, near-fine copy.

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First edition, first issue with Lucien Carr listed on the dedication page and a period after Harlem on the rear cover. Signed by Allen Ginsberg and inscribed to a former owner on the title page, Ginsberg has also adorned the page fully with illustrations and written "Viva banjo". Bound in publisher's original stapled black wraps printed in grey with with white paste-on printed in black. Very Good with light toning, light rubbing to wraps and slight creases throughout. A lovely copy of the poem that defined a generation and an undisputed cornerstone of beat poetry.

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: Brian Cassidy Books at Type Punch Matrix, Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Very good plus. First edition. Rare signed first edition of HOWL, inscribed in the year of publication, likely at one of Ginsberg's most infamous readings. The most likely opportunities for Ginsberg to sign copies of HOWL in 1956 were few and far between. First, the book was published late in the year. While Ferlinghetti sent Ginsberg "a few advance copies" in August of that year (Morgan, I GREET YOU, 5), and a small number of copies inscribed in September are known (the Sept. 17th issue of PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY lists the official publication date as Sept. 1st), HOWL seems to have only really begun to be distributed in October. Again, according to PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, "[t]he first edition passed through U.S. Customs in October, 1956" (April 29th 1957). In addition, both Gary Snyder and Louis Ginsberg report receiving copies they had ordered at the start of that month, likely from the earliest copies received at City Lights. Morgan's bibliography, however, sets the date of publication as Nov. 5th, which coincides with the book's first notice, again in PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY ("[b]itterly impassioned"), but which further suggests HOWL's distribution wasn't really happening until well into October. And it was during October that the poet gave his only two public readings before the end of the year. The first was Oct. 21st, when both he and Gregory Corso read at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State (Corso's first public reading). But curiously Ginsberg did not read from HOWL that evening despite a large and expectant crowd - more than 500 people - and "[i]mmediately following the reading," both poets "were anxious to get on the road" (Morgan, CELEBRATE, 224). The pair were hitchhiking south on their way to Mexico (where they would spend the month of November), but had an important stop in Los Angeles, where they had a reading scheduled for October 30th. Sponsored by the literary magazine, COASTLINES, this small reading (held in a boarding house) would become one of Ginsberg's most famous, second only to the Six Gallery in terms of notoriety. The best account of the event is from Lawrence Lipton's 1959 memoir THE HOLY BARBARIANS. According to Lipton, Ginsberg was "reading from the book [HOWL], which had just come out," but was repeatedly interrupted by a drunk in the audience who jeered and heckled Ginsberg throughout. Ginsberg finished his portion of the event, but the matter came to a head when Corso got up to read. The drunk renewed his jeers and interruptions, eventually challenging Corso to a fight. At this point, Ginsberg stood up and countered that if the heckler wanted to do something truly brave, he would take off all his clothes. "The poet always stands naked before the world," Ginsberg explained and proceeded to disrobe until he was standing stark naked before the drunk, now stunned into silence. From there the drunk backed down and even reportedly asked Ginsberg after the reading where he could get a copy of HOWL for himself. No matter where it was signed, however, copies signed in the year of publication are quite rare. We trace only a handful inscribed in 1956, with most of those being associations of one form or another. A significant copy from early in the life of this landmark poem that along with Kerouac's ON THE ROAD and Burroughs's NAKED LUNCH form the cornerstone of the Beat movement. It remains Ginsberg's most enduring work. Original stiff black stapled wrappers with pasted white printed wraparound label, as issued. One of a thousand copies. Signed and dated by Ginsberg on the title page: "Allen Ginsberg / Oct 1956." Spine toned, as common. Mild soil, rubbing, edgewear. In a custom, full black goat-skin, clamshell box.

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    Published by San Francisco, CA City Lights 1956, 1956

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    First Edition. Signed by the author Allen Ginsberg and dated by him in the year of publication: “Allen Ginsberg Sept. 8, 1956.” With an inscription just below from Ginsberg to Beat collector and photographer Marshall Clements: “For Marshall Clements much thanks for the relief. A.G. New Years Month, Jan. 7, 1964.” Also signed by Marshall Clements at the top of the same page, the book’s dedication page. City Lights Pocket Poets Series: Number Four. With the two page introduction by William Carlos Williams. Paperbound, stapled black and white wrappers. With a faint hint of dust soiling to the covers, else a fine copy. Price 75 cents on rear cover. Printed at the Press of Villiers Publications, Holloway, London, England. Enclosed in a custom slipcase with “Howl. Allen Ginsberg” on a paper label affixed to the front and with the same at the spine. Marshall Clements was a noted collector and scholar of Beat Generation works and was the photographer for ‘Kerouac's Town’ by Barry Gifford (1977) - a special look at Jack Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, published on the second anniversary of his death.

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956

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    Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First edition, first issue with Lucien Carr listed on the dedication page and a period after Harlem on the rear cover. Signed by Allen Ginsberg and inscribed to a former owner on the title page; additionally signed by this book's publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti on the copyright page, and by William S. Burroughs, Carl Solomon and Gregory Corso on the dedication page. Bound in publisher's original stapled black wraps printed in grey with with white paste-on printed in black. Very Good with light toning and light rubbing to covers with a small abrasion to the top right of the front cover of the white paste-on. Pencil notations to text. The poem that defined a generation and an undisputed cornerstone of beat poetry, signed by five heavy-weights of that era.

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    Allen Ginsberg

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    Original wraps. Condition: Near Fine. A remarkable Association copy of the 1956 correct 1st edition. This copy not only conforms to all the original issue points but is in beautiful, near-pristine condition. Furthermore, THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY 5 OF THE KEY FIGURES IN THE BOOK'S GENESIS: 1) ALLEN GINSBERG (on the title page); 2) LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI (on the copyright page); 3) LUCIEN CARR (on the dedication page); 4) WILLIAM BURROUGHS (also on the dedication page); and 5) CARL SOLOMON (on the first blank endpaper). In other words, this copy is signed by the book's author, its publisher and by 3 of its 5 dedicatees (only Jack Kerouac's and Neal Cassady's signatures are missing from this copy). Notably, of the 5 signatures, all critically important to the birth and evolution of "Howl", Lucien Carr's appears to be the most elusive. We know that Carr's relationship with the Beats grew tense early on and that he insisted his name be removed from all subsequent printings of "Howl". We also know that Carr himself introduced William Burroughs (an old friend from their St. Louis upbringing) to Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg --and that Carr's infamous career at Columbia (as documented in the 2013 film "Kill Your Darlings") saw him as a very important muse to this budding literary scene. A fresh, tight copy, immaculate internally and easily Near Fine overall, while legitimately approaching Fine (even down to its unrusted staple). Also includes a hand-made chemise (signed by Ginsberg at a later date), a folded cardboard reproduction of the book's front cover which, among other things, capably protects the fragile 1st edition and no doubt helps to explain its remarkable condition. Of the 1,000 copies of "Howl" initially published, this must certainly rank as among the very most historic and significant.