Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera. William Everson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, William Saroyan, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen.
Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera
Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera
Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera
Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera
Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera

Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists with: Prospectus & Ephemera

Fresno, CA: The Giligia Press, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by David Kherdian. "San Francisco has excited and angered more people with its poetry than any other city in any other time in our country's history. Since 1953 nearly every major poet in the United States has visited or lived here. During this period one of the most interesting of all the movements in American literature began. Now, almost fifteen years after the renaissance began, we are able to stand back and take a long, careful look at what has happened." (from front flap) A pioneering work that focuses on six key figures of the San Francisco Renaissance/ Beat Generation: William Everson (a/k/a Brother Antoninus), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Gary Snyder & Philip Whalen. Chapters for each poet begin with a photographic or illustrated portrait, followed by a succinct, thoughtful essay (or "portrait" in words), then a scholarly & comprehensive bibliography of the poet's published works & appearances up to 1966. Each bibliography is preceded by an image of one of the listed works. The author of this landmark study, written & compiled when its subject phenomenon was just being eclipsed by the 1960s San Francisco Hippie-countercultural explosion & before the "Baby Beat Generation"/Second SFR began to collaborate with & revive its members, is the now-eminent & very prolific Armenian-American poet, biographer, bibliographer & memoirist David Kherdian. With an introduction by William Saroyan, the subject of a bibliography by Kherdian. First edition hardcover, presumed first printing. On blank endpaper opposite inner front cover, Kherdian has hand-written: "To Lowell Cohen(?)/ (signed) David Kherdian/ Fresno/ 13 July '67." Also loosely present between rear endpaper & inner back cover where we found & have left them are two items: A prospectus for this volume, single sheet folded into four sections; & an article by Meltzer, simply titled "Introduction," which concerns a collection or catalog of small-press productions, from approximately the same period as this book. Single sheet folded once with text on four sides, with holes at fold where taken out of a stapled pamphlet (?). A very important & collectible rarity, greatly enriched with author's inscription dated in the year of publication; original prospectus & separate contemporary article by one of its acclaimed subjects. Book in very fine condition with only slight bumping at corners of front & back covers; mild wear & spotting at upper edge of text block; otherwise all but mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket in near-fine condition with very slight rubbing & browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear at edges & corners of same; several mostly short, closed tears at upper edges & corners of covers; two tiny spots & one very small, mostly closed gauge at upper portion of spine very slightly effecting title; another smaller gauge with slight loss of surface at lower left edge of back cover. Prospectus in fine condition with only slight bump-curlings at corners; a few short, faint creases at rear panel; mathematical calculations hand-written in pencil in blank area, perpendicular to text, on rear panel. Meltzer article in fine condition with mild rubbing to surfaces; moderate wear & bumps at side edges; slight browning at same; two small holes at fold where probably removed from staples as noted above. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #3248]

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