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  • Seller image for Howl and Other Poems for sale by Tree Frog Fine Books and Graphic Arts

    Ginsberg, Allen and William Carlos Williams (introduction)

    Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA, 1993

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    Soft cover. Condition: As New. Small Paperback. 6 1/4 x 5 inches. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR and dated 6/14/94 on the title page. 50th printing of 1993. One of the great books that rallied the older generation to attempt to change their world. AS NEW. All corners pointed. Binding tight, without stress creasing and square. Without tears, creases, bumps or chips. Not marked and very clean and bright. All books carefully packaged and sent boxed. Signed by Author(s).

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    Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1959

    Seller: johnson rare books & archives, ABAA, Covina, CA, U.S.A.
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    Wraps. Condition: Very good. Eighth printing. Inscribed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page. The book that launched the Beat Generation, as well as the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era. 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. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. The Pocket Poets Series: Number Four. Duodecimo: 44 p. Original printed paper wrappers, which are a bit edgeworn with some general toning along the spine; otherwise very good.

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    GINSBERG, Allen

    Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1956

    ISBN 10: 0872860175ISBN 13: 9780872860179

    Seller: Sawtooth Books, ABAA, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.
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    Paperback. 4th printing. Paperback. 4th printing. A paperback original and originally published in 1956. A very good copy with some toning and soiling to the front and rear covers. Price of 75 cents on the rear cover. A relatively early copy of this landmark publication that is a 4th printing printed in 1956. This edition is signed on the title page by Ginsberg who has also put his initials AH inside the "O" of Howl. Howl and added the initials "AH." Dated in 1990. Owner bookplate and name on inside cover. Signed by the author.

  • GINSBERG, Allen

    Published by City Lights, San Francisco, 1962

    Seller: Brian Cassidy Books at Type Punch Matrix, Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.
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    Condition: Near fine. Later printing. The eleventh printing of Ginsberg's landmark poem, number four in the Pocket Poets Series. As the title of the 2006 book in honor of fiftieth anniversary described "Howl," it was without exaggeration "the poem that changed America." When HOWL was published in the fall of 1956 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books, no one was prepared for the effect it would have on both literature and the culture at large. The book sold through its initial 1000-copy print run in just a few months, and a second printing was ordered from Villier's in London. Though Ferlinghetti made efforts to temper the work prior to publication (replacing the more offensive words with ellipses), when the books arrived in San Francisco from the UK, more than 500 copies were seized by US Customs authorities for obscenity, an event which brought the poem - and its author - immediately to national attention, and led to one of the most important censorship trials of the 20th century. The City Lights edition has never been out of print, having sold upwards of a million copies, and Ginsberg's "angelheaded hipsters" pioneered not only a more confessional mode of American poetry, but helped launch numerous youth movements from beatniks to hippies, Situationists to punks. A handsome signed vintage copy of this landmark of gay rights, free speech, protest, censorship, and the counterculture. Wraps. 12mo. Stapled wraps, light toning, handling wear at edges, overall clean, unmarked. INSCRIBED by Ginsberg to title page: "To Betty Benson - Allen Ginsberg / Jan 30, 1964.".

  • 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).

  • Ginsberg, Allen

    Published by City Lights, San Francisco, 1959

    Seller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB, Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.
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    First edition of this principal work of the Beat Generation. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow poet, writer and artist Jose Garcia Villa, "416 E 34 St Paterson Allen Ginsberg to Jose G Villa after years." The recipient Jose Garcia Villa was born in Manila in 1908, before moving to New Mexico to pursue his studies, and ultimately to Greenwich Village in New York City. There, he joined a community of modernist poets, including e.e. cummings, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden, among others, and was affectionately known as "The Pope of Greenwich Village." He wrote his poems under the pseudonym Doveglion (a composite of dove, eagle, and lion) and was admired, according to Marianne Moore, for "the reverence, the raptness, the depth of concentration in [his] bravely deep poems." His 1933 story collection, Footnote to Youth: Tales of the Philippines and Others, was "the first work of fiction by a Filipino writer published by a major United States-based press." Villa received "numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Philippines Heritage Award, a Poetry Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and a Shelley Memorial Award. In 1973 he was named a National Artist of the Philippines, and he also served as a cultural advisor to the Philippine government. In near fine condition. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. An exceptional association. Howl and Other Poems is a collection of poetry by Allen Ginsberg published November 1, 1956. It contains Ginsberg's most famous poem, "Howl", which is considered to be one of the principal works of the Beat Generation as well as "A Supermarket in California", "Transcription of Organ Music", "Sunflower Sutra", "America", "In the Baggage Room at Greyhound", and some of his earlier works. For printing the collection, the publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, another well-known poet, was arrested and charged with obscenity. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn found Ferlinghetti not guilty of the obscenity charge, and 5,000 more copies of the text were printed to meet the public demand, which had risen in response to the publicity surrounding the trial. "Howl and Other Poems" contains two of the most well-known poems from the Beat Generation, "Howl" and "A Supermarket in California", which have been reprinted in other collections, including the Norton Anthology of American Literature.

  • 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.

  • GINSBERG, ALLEN

    Published by San Francisco, CA City Lights 1956, 1956

    Seller: James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.
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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.

  • Seller image for Howl and Other Poems (SIGNED BY 5 OF THE BOOK'S PRINCIPAL FIGURES) for sale by APPLEDORE BOOKS, ABAA

    Allen Ginsberg

    Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco, 1956

    Seller: APPLEDORE BOOKS, ABAA, WACCABUC, NY, U.S.A.
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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.