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Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Pocket Poet Series No. 4, 1958 (1958)

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Item Description: City Lights Pocket Poet Series No. 4, 1958, 1958. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. First edition, sixth printing Se. SCARCE SLENDER SOFTCOVER BOOK. NO WRITING OR MARKINGS IN TEXT. LIGHT WEAR & A COFFEE STAIN ON FRONT COVER. A SOLID BOOK. Bookseller Inventory # xW-1802

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AMBLER, Sam (Author); GINSBERG, Allen (Subject)

Published by Berkeley (1989)

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Item Description: Berkeley, 1989. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Signed Inspired by Ginsberg's HOWL. 1 of 100 numbered copies, signed by Sam Ambler. Issued in handsewn wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 019029TENS5017

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Ginsberg, Allen

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

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Item Description: City Lights Books, [1956], San Francisco, 1956. No Binding. Book Condition: Clamshell As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's 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. Custom Clamshell Case. Bookseller Inventory # 31898

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Howl and other poems: GINSBERG, Allen

GINSBERG, Allen

Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956 (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956, 1956. 1st edition, Second printing. Some foxing to the black-and-white card covers, some foxing to the pages, light repair to the spine, stapled, printed in London. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg's first book, this copy being identical to the first printing, apart from the words Second Edition on the rear panel and no dedication to Lucien Carr. The book was the fourth to be issued in the publisher's Pocket Poets series. Bookseller Inventory # PSHB6813

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HOWL AND OTHER POEMS: Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Books (1996)

ISBN 10: 0872863107 ISBN 13: 9780872863101

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Item Description: City Lights Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First printing of the 40th Anniversary edition. Glossy hardcovers. Issued without dustjacket. This copy signed by the publisher as "Ferlinghetti, editor" on the title page. This edition reproduces the format of the original edition with the Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Two small rub smudges on the rear board; otherwise, in Fine condition. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Signed by Author(s). Anniversary Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 11111613

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HOWL AND OTHER POEMS: Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Books (1956)

ISBN 10: 0872860175 ISBN 13: 9780872860179

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Item Description: City Lights Books, 1956. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. First edition, ltr prnt (50th, printed July 1993). Signed and dated "1/28/94" by Ginsberg on the title page. Additionally, Ginsberg has written his "AH" and circled it as was his custom. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Perfect-bound glossy printed wraps. Some corners just touched. Near Fine condition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 91323

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Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Bookshop San Francisco (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Bookshop San Francisco, 1956. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A still attractive copy of the Fourth Printing, stated on the rear cover, with the price of "75 cents." The rear cover also has the statement, ". . . originally published in 1956. Subsequently seized by U. S. Customs and the San Francisco Police, Howl and Other Poems is now in its fourth printing, and this edition contains the full text, exactly as it appeared in the original." The covers show just a modicum of wear, flaking on the corners & margins; front fore edge corners very slightly curled; original staples still bright; white areas of covers show toning & light soiling. Contents quite clean throughout, end pages show just a tad offsetting from the black printing inside the covers. Almost imperceptible toning on margins of text; two pages lightly creased top corner; a couple pages with minor surface wrinkles. Overall, a gently handled copy. Signed in full on the Title Page by the Author, dated "4/10/93" and with his characteristic circle with "AH" inside. 5" x 6.25"; 44 pages. Number Four of the Pocket Poet Series. Bookseller Inventory # TAT0014

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Ginsberg, Allen.

Published by City Lights Books (1957)

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Item Description: City Lights Books, 1957. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Second Printing of the First City Lights Edition, issued in the publisher's Pocket Poets Series Number 4, paperback only. Cook #4ff. 1/3000 copies in stapled black wrappers with white printed wraparound cover. A Fine copy, clean and unworn. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. 44pp. Q08292. Bookseller Inventory # Q08292

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HOWL AND OTHER POEMS: Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco (1988)

ISBN 10: 0872860175 ISBN 13: 9780872860179

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Item Description: City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1988. Original Wraps. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Not Issued. First Edition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. First edition, ltr prnt (37th, printed in 1988). Signed and dated "3/8/91" by Ginsberg on the title page. Additionally, Ginsberg has written his initials "AH" on the page and circled them as was his custom. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Glossy perfect-bound printed wraps. Wraps with minimal edgewear and touched corners, shallow creases on the front and rear wraps, small chip on foreedge of front free endpage. Issued without dustjacket. A tight, read copy in Good condition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Signed & Dated by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 11436

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Kvílení": Czech samizdat edition of "Howl," "Kaddish,": Ginsberg, Allen; Lawrence

Item Description: [Prague], 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Gut bis sehr gut. 1. Auflage. [Prague, ca. 1980]. Original gray cloth with red stamped title to spine, top edge yellow; [3], 121 leaves of carbon copy typescript to rectos, on thin onion paper measuring 29.2 x 20.3 cm. Wrappers soiled; boards lightly distended; internally fine. Czech samizdat edition of three American poets of the Beat Generation: Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Gregory Corso, published during the height of Czechoslovak "normalization" period, when the production and circulation of such texts was illegal. Jan Zábrana (1934-1984), the translator, was close to Ginsberg; he translated and published his poetry and other Beat writers already in the early 1960s. Interest in the Beat Generation preceded Ginsberg's first trip to Prague in February of 1965 (a second trip followed in late April of 1965). A 1959 essay ("Americká bohéma") by Igor Hájek in the journal Světová literatura introduced Beat writers to the broader Czech public and included translations of some of their poems, including excerpts from Howl . The poetry of the American Beat writers was in energetic contrast to official Czech poetry of the late 50s and early 60s, which "comprised either panegyrics to the communist state, or innocuous, sentimental musings" (Kopecký 2010, 98). At that time, counter-culture Czech poets were in virtual obscurity. The director Pavel Juráček wrote of Ginsberg's visit, that the Czech beatniks were "ready to serve and worship him" (Blažek 36). His poems as well as Ferlinghetti's appeared in Světová literatura with translations by Zábrana and articles about the Beat Generation were published in Kulturní tvorba. During Ginsberg's stay in Prague, he and Zábrana appeared together at public readings, with Zábrana providing Czech translations to Ginsberg's poems. Both Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti achieved poetic celebrity status in Czechoslovakia, with their poems heard on radio and television, as well as at small theaters and poetry readings, particularly at the Viola cafe in Prague. The Viola cafe functioned as the "hang-out" for young poets and artists in Prague and their weekly poetry readings featured work by Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and Corso, whose poetry also appears in this samizdat collection. According to Zábrana, the Beats' were attractive to a Czech audience due to their "thematic urgency," which was connected to their dissident, non-conformist, and yet socially engaged worldview. Initially Ginsberg received positive attention from the Czech press, but within a few weeks censorship restricted the publication of his work and he was followed more closely by the secret police. He became a persona non grata to the regime following his crowning as "The King of May" at the rowdy May 1st, 1965 celebration—a student-organized street festival that had been allowed to take place after prior years of clashes, unrest, and repressive action at the event. Ginsberg was denounced by Czech authorities and the state-controlled press; he was deported on May 7th, having been labelled a "moral and political danger" due to his his sexual promiscuity, his antagonistic views of the domestic regime, and for supposedly inciting the Czech youth. His poem "The King of May", which he wrote on the plane from Prague, appears in this anthology . It has been argued that Ginsberg unwittingly gave the Czech authorities an argument to crackdown on native intellectuals and writers, who had enjoyed relative freedom following the relaxation of restrictions in the early 1960s. Consequently, two significant magazines, Tvář and Knižní kultura, were shuttered. Publication of translations of Ginsberg's poetry was prohibited, and production was halted on several already prepared selections of his and other Beat writers' work. Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti were nonetheless included in a significant anthology of new American Poetry, Obeznámení s noci, which appeared in 1967, and the poetry and prose of Beat writers continued to circulate unofficially. Ginsberg's denunci. Bookseller Inventory # 003776

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HOWL and other poems (signed & doodled): Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1956. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 16mo - over 5¾ - 6¾" tall. 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). Bookseller Inventory # 000815

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Ginsberg, Allen:

Published by San Francisco / The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, (1956)

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Item Description: San Francisco / The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. 8°, 13 x 15,5 cm, paperback. Second edition. 44 pp Second edition of the book, also in 1956, the first year of publication. Identical to first edition despite "second edition" printed in blue on the back of the book and the missign mention of Lucien Carr in the dedication. Printed in England at the Press of Villiers Publications, Holloway, London. Very fine copy with only slight yellowed back due to age. Someone presented the book to the pre-owner and wrote a dedication on page three (title page). Please ask for photos if you wish. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Bookseller Inventory # 11860

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Howl and Other Poems; Introduction by William: Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen

Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1956. Second Edition. 5" x 6.13" pp. 44, One of the foundational troika of Beat Literature along with "On The Road" and "Naked Lunch". This Poem has survived a First Amendment challenge in court paving the way for a new generation of artists. This Second Edition is even more rare than the First as more than two-thirds of the original printing was confiscated and destroyed by the customs agency. As with first edition printing, Dedication to Lucian Carr is missing and book printing is in grey-blue. A light water spot along the half inch closest to the spine on this original printed white band pasted to black cover, which is all that keeps this from being a very fine copy. "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix," (p. 9). Bookseller Inventory # 141

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Ginsberg, Allen.

Published by City Lights Books. San Francisco.

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Item Description: City Lights Books. San Francisco. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Edition, 1956. [Actually the Second Edition of the title poem.] Pocket Poets Series: Number Four. With the two page Introduction By William Carlos Williams. Stapled black wrappers with white wraparound pastedown. Fine Copy. There is a shallow crimp along front cover; otherwise, this copy is about as new. Corners straight and sharp, no soiling, foxing, dampstain, yellowing, marks or other defacements. Price 75 cents on rear cover. Printed in London, England. Author's first book, following a couple of ephemeral pamphlets. Perhaps the essential Beat Literature text, which (like On The Road, Naked Lunch, Riprap, A Coney Island, etc.) established a cultural turning point in the 1950's against the complacency of post-War America, through a return to the Whitmanic line and an expansive feeling f or the nation and the world, making its author in the process a celebrity and spokeman of heroic proportions. Quite uncommon in this condition. Housed in a custom black goat-skin presentation box. Bookseller Inventory # 6607XAAF00

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GINSBERG, ALLEN.

Published by San Francisco: City Lights, 1956 (1956)

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Item Description: San Francisco: City Lights, 1956, 1956. First edition; first state. Publisher's wrappers; some soiling and spotting; pencil owner's inscription on the title page; a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 24978

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Howl and Other Poems.: Ginsberg, Allen.

Ginsberg, Allen.

Published by The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, (1956)

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Item Description: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. First edition, first printing. Black wrapper with white overlay printed title panel. Slight soiling to leading edge of title page, minor wear, near fine to fine in custom mylar cover and black cloth clamshell case. Pocket Poets Series, Number Four. Bookseller Inventory # Embry 134524

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GINSBERG, Allen.

Published by San Francisco: The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956 (1956)

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Item Description: San Francisco: The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956, 1956. Duodecimo. Original black and white wrappers, stapled as issued. Wrappers toned to edges with some light marks, small strip torn from head of rear cover, occasional spotting to contents. An excellent copy. First published edition, first printing, one of about 1,500 copies printed. This landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It is Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed printing of the title poem, and the rather obscure Siesta in Xbalba. Bookseller Inventory # 107223

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GINSBERG, Allen.

Published by San Francisco: The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956 (1956)

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Item Description: San Francisco: The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956, 1956. Duodecimo. Original black and white wrappers, stapled as issued. A few light marks to covers. An excellent copy. First published edition, first printing. This landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It is Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed printing of the title poem, and the rather obscure Siesta in Xbalba. Uncommon in this condition; one of about 1,500 copies printed. Bookseller Inventory # 106677

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GINSBERG, Allen

Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop (1956) (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Pocket Bookshop (1956), 1956. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 12mo, original printed wrappers An important association copy. Printed cover label lightly soiled, otherwise a fine copy First edition. One of 1000 copies printed letterpress at Villiers Publications Ltd. in England. Cook 4. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page by Ginsberg to the poet Jack Gilbert: "For Jack Gilbert, In Memory of your – my BEARD, Allen Ginsberg, Sept 1956." Gilbert has handwritten missing words in the ellipses, and made a few additional revisions, throughout the book. "Jack Gilbert didn’t praise other contemporary poets often. But Jack always had good words for Ginsberg’s early books, Howl and Kaddish. More than once, I recall Jack telling the story of his hearing Allen read from an early typescript of "Howl." From crossing paths in the poetry scene in San Francisco, Jack hadn’t been very impressed by the poems of Allen’s he’d heard. Then one day Allen called him and arranged to meet Jack in Sausalito where Jack was living at the time. Allen brought over his draft of "Howl" and read it to Jack in the apartment. Jack said he was stunned by the poem. It was nothing like he’d expected. Jack praised Allen for his breakthrough, and the poem as we all know made Allen’s reputation, becoming a watershed of late twentieth-century poetry." – Jim Finnegan. Shortly after publication, the book was seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police on the grounds that it was obscene; a long court trial ensued in which the literary community finally persuaded the court that the book was not. Dowden pp. 4-7. Bookseller Inventory # 22810

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GINSBERG, ALLEN

Published by San Francisco, CA City Lights 1956 (1956)

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Item Description: San Francisco, CA City Lights 1956, 1956. First Edition. Signed by the author Allen Ginsberg and dated by him in the year of publication: ÒAllen Ginsberg Sept. 8, 1956.Ó With an inscription just below from Ginsberg to Beat collector and photographer Marshall Clements: ÒFor Marshall Clements much thanks for the relief. A.G. New Years Month, Jan. 7, 1964.Ó Also signed by Marshall Clements at the top of the same page, the bookÕs 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 ÒHowl. Allen GinsbergÓ 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 ÔKerouac's TownÕ by Barry Gifford (1977) - a special look at Jack KerouacÕs hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, published on the second anniversary of his death. Bookseller Inventory # 20396E

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Howl and Other Poems (Introduction by William: Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco (1956)

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Item Description: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956. Original wraps. Book Condition: Near Fine. A remarkable Association copy of the 1956 1st City Lights edition (preceded only by an impossibly scarce {purportedly 25 copies} 1955 mimeographed edition of only the poem "Howl"). This copy not only conforms to all the original issue points required of the inaugural Pocket Poet edition 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, Lucien Carr's seems to be the most uncommon on copies of "Howl". We know that his 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 not only as an important muse to this budding literary scene but also, incredibly, as someone convicted of homicide and sent to prison (in spite of Kerouac's best efforts to help him cover up the crime). A fresh, tight copy, immaculate internally and easily Near Fine overall, while legitimately approaching Fine (even down to its unrusted staple). Also includes a former owner's hand-made chemise, a handsome, folded cardboard reproduction of the book's front cover. (Somewhere along the line, the former owner of this copy EVEN HAD GINSBERG SIGN THE CHEMISE "Allen Ginsberg for P.O." {Peter Orlovsky?}). Of the 1,000 copies initially published, this must certainly rank as among the most historic --and significant. Bookseller Inventory # 13503

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