New York, NY: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993. First edition. Hardcover. "What happens when a young history professor and a philosopher-trucker with a custom-fitted "majic bus" take seventeen undergraduates across America in a learning-adventure-on-wheels?"(front flap) This early work by Douglas Brinkley, who has gone on to become a premier Beat & American cultural historical writer, chronicles this adventure undertaken in the spirit of an On-the-Roadesque cross-continental quest. Among those visited...[Item #1571]
America the Beat-iful!
Here at Third Mind Books, we decided to switch up the special and engage in the 4th-of-July Holiday spirit through featuring some of our favorite American Subversives who instinctually and emphatically understood (to quote Lawrence Ferlinghetti) that "...DISSENT IS NOT UN-AMERICAN."
We gathered a number of items that either directly refer to "America" or reflect our distinctly American tendency to exalt or defame any of the innumerable aspects of this Great Experiment that we see fit at a particular moment or time.
We celebrate the energy, enthusiasm, and contribution of these trailblazing innovators of American life & literature with THESE items, all from 10-30% off THE MONTH OF JULY, ONLY!
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Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1989. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by illustrator S. Clay Wilson to Jim McCrary. An important later work by the supreme Beat-&-Beyond innovative literary prophet William S. Burroughs. Featuring seven classic short pieces (or "routines") including "The Thanksgiving Prayer," which was delightfully recited & recorded by WSB as well-known to his aficionados. This is the first trade softcover edition (see Shoaf.....[Item #2911]
USA: Screen Edge, 1991(later DVD edition). First DVD Edition. DVD. Sealed in Shrinkwrap William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers is a film by Klaus Maeck, available here on DVD - the film includes footage from WSB's public readings of The Western Lands & other works, experimental films in which he appears, his paintings, and an extensive interview with German writer Jurgen Ploog. Burroughs talks about Cut-ups, language and other weapons...[Item #1065]
New York, NY: Brant Art Publications Incorporated, 1996. First Printing. Perfect-Bound in Wrappers. This number of the venerable American art journal features an article by David Joselit entitled "Burroughs' Virology," concerning the exhibit of William S. Burroughs' artworks, scrapbooks, etc. occurring at that time (1996) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: "Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts." An annotated, most erudite art-historical essay that bestows...[Item #2996]
Miami, FL: Press of the Black Flag, 1970. First Printing. Single Sheet. Signed by Robert Creeley. A broadside (7"x11&1/2") with the short, fierce title poem by Robert Creeley (1926-2005), an affiliate of the Beats, Black Mountain College & in the pantheon of American poets. With his hand-signature above his printed name. No reference to publisher or limitation, but our research indicates this was printed by the Press of the Black...[Item #2001]
New York, NY: Grove Press/Evergreen Books, 1958. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "In the fall of 1953, when the atmosphere of conformity seemed thickest in America, a group of writers began publishing DISSENT, a quarterly journal of democratic-socialist opinion. VOICES OF DISSENT contains some of the best and most provocative articles which appeared in the quarterly during its first five years."(from back cover) This is the first softcover edition, large format...[Item #2381]
New York, NY: The Citadel Press, 1964. First Edition. Softcover. "Kerouac's wanderers are more difficult to classify. For one thing, the contemporary tramp or hobo is more likely to be found on the highway than on the railways...furthermore, Kerouac's migrant may be a young man from the middle class who sees life on the road as a form of rebellion against conformity and middle class mores. But...the fact remains that.....[Item #3161]
New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed & inscribed by John O'Hara, author of introduction, to Lauren Bacall in year of publication. The first compilation of writings by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the canonical American author. With two complete novels, The Great Gatsby & Tender is the Night, & nine stories, selected by Dorothy Parker & with an introduction by John O'Hara. This is the first edition...[Item #2193]
New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1970; circa 1997. First Softcover Edition; original ephemera. Softcover. "...the image of the man is so delightfully clear and impressive....That Ginsberg takes the book away from itself is proof of Kramer's skill and Ginsberg's magnificent personality..."(from back cover blurb by John Greenya) Two rarities relating to the early, acclaimed biography of Allen Ginsberg by Jane Kramer: (1) First softcover edition of February 1970 as stated...[Item #2244]
San Bernardino, CA: Beatdom Books, 2014. First Printing. Softcover. '72 through '97, Letters & Recollections. "Don't Hesitate is a masterpiece of candor. It is beautifully written & designed, making it a pleasure to read and re-read. One would like to pigeon-hole the book and say that it is a collection of poems; a collection of letters; a memoir; a love story; a character study; a coming of age story; a....[Item #2015]
New York, NY: Corinth Books Inc., 1961. First edition. Softcover, signature-bound. "The funny, wild, hilarious and witty world of the hipsters from Greenwich Village to Paris, A mixture of Dali, Ernst and Kerouac stirred up in a surrealist stew by America's only true "insider" and "outsider"- Ted Joans, a young Negro painter and coffee shop poet...."(front cover) A legendary book in the Beat canon,with collages & text by the quintessential.....[Item #1532]
Illustrated by Albert Eisenlau, Oscar Kokoschka et. Paris, France: The Paris Review, 1955. First Printing. Journal. Softcover. The first appearance of "The Mexican Girl" episode/story by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), in an early number of the legendary literary journal edited by George Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen & Donald Hall. Two years later it would become part of the narrative of On the Road, the great work that would catapult Kerouac & the...[Item #1665]
San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation / City Lights Books, 1964. Third Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Now here's some quintessential Olson--stylistic, admonishing, alluring yet borderline incomprehensible. This writer would argue that one has to consider Olson's letters--along with his famed, sprawling talk-a-thons--within the context of his amphetamine use. While I am aware that this is something footnoted and known about Olson--that his amphetamine use sometimes shaped his lectures and talks--I don't...[Item #3100]
New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 1960. First Edition Thus. Softcover. "From Edgar Allan Poe in the 1830s to Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in 1960, American Bohemianism has had a long, colorful, and usually somewhat fantastic history. This is the only complete record of that story- with hoboes, cranks and starving poets as its heroes; suffragettes and artists' models as its heroines; and banquets, suicides, and ferocious literary rivalries...[Item #3159]
Lafayette, IN: English Literature in Transition: 1880-1920, English Department, Purdue University, 1966. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Inscribed & signed by Robert Peters to James Perrizo; & with original typed, hand-initialed letter from Peters to Perrizo. "In the summer of 1884, Edmund Gosse's superiors at the London Board of Trade, where he worked as a translator, granted him a leave of absence in order to make a lecture tour of...[Item #3246]
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1963. First Edition. Stapled wrappers. 5-1/4" x 8-1/2" The author's first book, published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books, is a poem written while he was incarcerated in the Montville State Jail in Uncasville, Conn. during August of 1961. A scarce item written before he became a countercultural icon with The Fugs, etc. In very fine condition with only the slightest sunning & wear...[Item #1327]
Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 2000. First Edition. Hard Cover. The first volume of Edward Sanders' history of America in verse. One of 26 lettered copies in handbound pictorial boards signed by the author. This is copy "B." With pictorial cloth spine unique to this lettered edition. In publisher's clear dust jacket as issued. The rarest version of this beautiful Black Sparrow Press production, a must for the serious...[Item #1333]
Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Edward Sanders. The second volume of Edward Sanders' history of America in verse. One of 125 numbered hardcover copies handbound in pictorial boards & signed by the author. This is copy #37. In publisher's clear dust jacket as issued. As New.[Item #1497]
New York, NY: The Modern Library, 1996. First Edition Thus. Hard Cover. "First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the...[Item #1360]