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Featured Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti set a precedent for alternative publications whose dissident tenacity & unrelenting honesty would penetrate America’s cultural consciousness forever. Offered this month here are canonized classics & sleeper masterpieces alike, such as 1980’s 'Mule Mountain Dreams" & 1981's "A Trip to Italy & France." For the rest of September only, these items are 10% off. Enjoy!

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A Coney Island of the Mind

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1958. First Edition. Softcover. "A Coney Island of the Mind" is the signature magnum opus from a titan of American Letters and leader of the literary avant-garde, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Softcover in sewn binding. An essential Ferlinghetti collectible. In good condition, with moderate rubbing and soiling to front, back covers and spine; horizontal creasing along length of front cover spine-edge; small bump and creasing at... Item #2518

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A Coney Island of the Mind. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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A Coney Island of the Mind

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1968. Third Printing. Hardcover. This is yet another collectible edition of this magnum opus from a titan of American Letters and leader of the literary avant-garde, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. One of only 1070 copies issued in publisher's glassine dust wrapper. Incorrectly identified as a "SECOND PRINTING" by the publisher, third printings are distinguished by their binding in red cloth and issuance in glassine covers. This... Item #2519

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A Coney Island of the Mind. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Starting from San Francisco

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1961. First Editions. Hardcover. Two Copies. The third release from one of the formative fathers of the San Francisco Renaissance, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "These poems of voyage are autobiographical in that they grew out of Ferlinghetti's visits to Chile and Peru in 1960." (back flap) Offered here are two copies of paramount poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "Starting from San Francisco." Included with all First Editions of... Item #2520

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Starting from San Francisco. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Thoughts to a Concerto of Telemann

Eleanor Dickinson. San Francisco, California: East Wind Printers, 1963. Limited Edition. 13"x 20" Broadside. Limited Edition. One of 300 copies (no numbering).Mounted on stiff board, in protective shrinkwrap. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. An exquisite broadside issued in an edition of 300 copies in October, 1963 for the 17th annual San Francisco Arts Festival. Featuring an evocative, emotional poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the venerable Beat poet & publisher, composed in London... Item #1658

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Thoughts to a Concerto of Telemann. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Unfair Arguments with Existence

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1963. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "Unfair Arguments with Existence" marked Ferlinghetti's first published foray into the world of theatre, and featured seven plays reflective of his vision for "A New Theatre." Acknowledging some debt to Surrealist martyr Antonin Artaud among others, Ferlinghetti composed these seven pieces for the stage. This particular copy can be easily identified as the first edition by... Item #2523

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Unfair Arguments with Existence. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Unfair Arguments with Existence

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1963. Advance Review Copy. Softcover. "Unfair Arguments with Existence" marked Ferlinghetti's first published foray into the world of theatre, and featured seven plays reflective of his vision for "A New Theatre." Acknowledging some debt to Surrealist martyr Antonin Artaud among others, Ferlinghetti composed these seven pieces for the stage. This particular copy can be easily identified as the first edition by the publisher's omission... Item #2524

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Unfair Arguments with Existence. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Where Is Vietnam?

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Broadside. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Broadside (8 & 1/2" x 14"). Published in 1965--a decisive and important year in the development of the Vietnam War--Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "Where is Vietnam?" provided another arrow-pointed, pacifist political commentary from a distinguished voice in American letters. This edition is the true first edition, first printing, verified by the misspelling of "gentlemen" as "gentelmen"... Item #2550

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Where Is Vietnam? Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Fuclock (three versions)

London, England: Fire Publications, 1968. First Printings. Single Sheets. Two of three broadsides signed in full by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Three versions of a broadside (15&1/2"x21" unfolded) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, primary poet & publisher of the Beat Generation & beyond, as here at the height of the Haight, so to speak. The title work consists of directions & specifications of a work "To be performed at a Mantra Rock dance on... Item #2099

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Fuclock (three versions). Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Tyrannus Nix?

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1969. First Edition. Softcover. Published in 1969, Ferlinghetti's politically-charged populist hymn was yet another audacious stab into the heart of military-industrial complex America and its corrupt and powerful perpetrators. With the text set in Ferlinghetti's own hand, "Tyrannus Nix" provides a poignant, era-specific glance at the backstage debauchery that has poisoned the American political process in a way that curiously echoes our current era... Item #2531

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Tyrannus Nix? Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Back Roads to Far Towns After Basho

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Back Roads to Far Towns After Basho" is an exceedingly rare small press run of 500 copies pressed on September 1, 1970 "for friends of the author." As the title implies, Ferlinghetti took cues from his study of Haiku masters Basho and others and combined it with his then fully-flowered creative force for this memorable collection of... Item #2532

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Back Roads to Far Towns After Basho. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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At Kenneth Rexroth's (No Place, Dated 3/73)

San Francisco, CA: Privately Printed by the Author, N/D. First Edition. Broadside. A broadside (8 & 1/2" x 11") with the short title poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the giant of poetry and publishing, still active at age 97 as of this writing. Photo-copied or offset printed (?) reproduction of the poet's hand-writing and unusually full signature. Hand-written in ink at the bottom below signature and date is: "itekCRC #2 of... Item #2548

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At Kenneth Rexroth's (No Place, Dated 3/73). Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Open Eye, Open Heart

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1973. Advance Review Copy / Association Copy. Hardcover. In this 1973 collection of poems, Ferlinghetti proffered forth four distinctly different types of poetry, four alternative views on the development and execution of his creative conscience. The title section contains a mix of reflective sentimentality and picturesque snapshots of people and life that are quintessentially Ferlinghetti. Section two, "Poems in Transit," is a collection of... Item #2537

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Open Eye, Open Heart. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Who Are We Now?

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "Who Are We Now?" is the collection that houses one of the undisputed masterworks of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, his "Populist Manifesto." "Who Are We Now?" made an important statement to the San Francisco literary scene and the surrounding literary community at large. This copy is inscribed and signed by the poet on blank front endpapers: "For Ruth/San... Item #2539

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Who Are We Now? Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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White on White broadside with: Flyer announcing Reading and Performances

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1977. First Edition. Broadside. Broadside (10 & 3/4" x 17") with: Flyer, San Francisco, N/D. "On September 24, 1975, the South African (Afrikaner) poet, painter, and anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment under South Africa's "terrorism" laws. The verdict in the Breytenbach case followed Breytenbach's own confused "confession" to the court. The circumstances of Breytenbach's trial are very disturbing, and... Item #2540

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White on White broadside with: Flyer announcing Reading and Performances. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Landscapes of Living and Dying

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1979. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. First published in a limited, numbered, signed (last name only, as customary) hardcover run of only 200 copies. This copy is No. 56/200. Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "Landscapes of Living and Dying" opens with "The Old Italians Dying" and also contains the consummate exemplars "A Nation of Sheep" and "An Elegy to Dispel Gloom" among others. (Morgan... Item #2541

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Landscapes of Living and Dying. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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The Sea & Ourselves At Cape Ann

Janet Morgan. New York, NY: The Red Ozier Press, 1979. First Edition, First Printing. Folded Wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The last in the 'Hotel Washington' chapbook series from publisher Steve Miller's The Red Ozier Press, "The Sea & Ourselves At Cape Ann" was first published in the New York Times on September 11th, 1977. (Morgan A48, pg. 98) One of an edition of only 200... Item #2599

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The Sea & Ourselves At Cape Ann. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Mule Mountain Dreams

Bisbee, AZ: Bisbee Press Collective, 1980. Stated First Edition, First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1979, Lawrence Ferlinghetti participated in the now-defunct Bisbee Poetry Festival. The festival was held in Bisbee, Arizona, and according to Arizona local paper "The Day," was funded by a grant of $2,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts. This event marks two rare occurrences in Ferlinghetti's life--although... Item #2600

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Mule Mountain Dreams. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Poem for the Olympic Runners

Manhattan, NY: The Waterways/Ten Penny Players, 1980. First Edition, First Printing. Folded Sheet, Hand-Assembled & Sewn. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Number 26/200 of an exceedingly scarce broadside-pamphlet from Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Poem for the Olympic Runners" is another of Ferlinghetti's hymns for a humanist worldview and restates his oft-cawed call for the global destruction of nationalism. Ferlinghetti uses what was then the occasion at hand--the 1980 Olympic... Item #2598

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Poem for the Olympic Runners. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Promotional Postcard for Solo Art Exhibition

San Francisco, CA: Peter Lembecke Gallery, 1991. First Edition. Single Sheet. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From September 3-September 30th, 1991, immortal poet-publisher & lifelong painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti provided selections from 50 years of painting at the Peter Lembecke Gallery on the famed Grant Ave. in San Francisco. Ever since his student days at the Sorbonne in France, Ferlinghetti has been ardently consumed by not only his commitment to language &... Item #2628

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Promotional Postcard for Solo Art Exhibition. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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A Trip to Italy & France

New York, NY: New Directions Publishing, 1981. Stated Signed Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "A Trip to Italy & France" is an uncommon but essential achievement from Lawrence Ferlinghetti because it was only pressed once in a signed, limited edition of 250 copies which appeared in February of 1981 for $50.00. This copy is #202/250. With the combination of such a limitation and such laudable instant classics... Item #2605

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A Trip to Italy & France. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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The Populist Manifestos

San Francisco, CA: Grey Fox Press, 1981. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "The publication history of the "Populist Manifesto" is extraordinary. An early version was broadcast by the author on KPPA/FM in April 1975. On April 23, he spoke it at Walt Whitman Day, Rutgers University (Camden). Its first appearance in print, like an early election return, was in a small town paper in... Item #2604

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The Populist Manifestos. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jean-Jacques Lebel.
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An Artist's Diatribe

San Diego, CA: Atticus Press, 1983. Stated Signed & Limited First Edition. Stringbound Wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. #67/100. In 1983 Lawrence Ferlinghetti released "An Artist's Diatribe," and as the title intimates, the mouth of the poet becomes the mouth of the volcano as Ferlinghetti rallies and rails against the usual suspects: the gentrified art aristocracy, consumerist communication-device human robots, and the insulated, provincial, pretentious dilettantes... Item #2601

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An Artist's Diatribe. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Into The Deeper Pools...

Washington. D.C. Watershed Tapes & Cassettes, 1984. Cassette Tape. This 1984 cassette compiles recitations from a reading done at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in February of 1984 and at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore in April of 1983. For these readings, Ferlinghetti chose a varied smattering of time-tested classics from "Pictures of the Gone World," "A Coney Island of the Mind," "Starting from San Francisco," "Open... Item #2602

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Into The Deeper Pools. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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The Canticle of Jack Kerouac

Lowell, MA: Spotlight Press, 1987. Signed Limited First Edition. Hand-Sewn Pictorial Wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1987, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Herbert Huncke & others assembled in Jack Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts for the Jack Kerouac celebration. Inspired, nostalgic, and heartfelt, the title poem dually functions as elegy & ode, as an expression of grievance & a celebration of life. Images of Lowell adorn the interior of front, back covers... Item #2623

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The Canticle of Jack Kerouac. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Pictures of the Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition)

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2015 (1955). First Edition Thus. Hardcover. In 2015 City Lights Books printed a special, limited hardcover edition of poet & founder of City Lights Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book of poems, "Pictures of the Gone World." On the book, Lawrence commented: "I wrote the twenty-seven poems in this book during a very short period in San Francisco shortly after four years in France on the... Item #2661

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Pictures of the Gone World (60th Anniversary Edition). Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


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