New York, NY: George Braziller, 1975. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Compiled in this book are some of the best of Frank O'Hara's art criticism, primarily in reference to his famous and important innovative friends. O'Hara was writing about art and was part of the New York Art Scene all throughout the golden years of Abstract Expressionism, becoming one of the foremost authorities on its major figures with his great...[Item #2933]
FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF
JIM McCRARY & KEN MIKOLOWSKI!
When planning the Third Mind Books July Monthly Special, Arthur & I thought it might be fitting to do a “McC-rarities” Part II—to feature more of the incredible William S. Burroughs inventory we obtained directly from Jim McCrary, a key associate of WSB during his final years. Then, we thought of incorporating a different kind of “Mik-rarity”—selections from the legendary cache of relics we obtained from poet, publisher, and celebrated professor Ken Mikolowski, co-founder of Detroit’s visionary Alternative Press, publishers & friends of many Beat Generation, ”New York School,” and “Black Mountain”-related authors.
Enjoy these ASSOCIATION RARITIES, all 10% off for the month of July only!
Los Angeles, CA: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. "This book is not, however, a study of his poetry. Nor is it a biographical study. Its aim, rather, is to use the charismatic figure of O'Hara as a lens through which to take another look at the most mythologized period in American art...This account is devoted to the artists who made up much of his...[Item #2932]
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc. 1962. First American Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by William S. Burroughs. "And only after the first shock does one realize that what Burroughs is writing about is not only the destruction of depraved men by their drug lust, but the destruction of all men by their consuming addictions...Burroughs is not only serious in his intent, but he is a writer of great power...[Item #2780]
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc. 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by William S. Burroughs. "Burroughs has again created a masterpiece of fantasy and reality, a carnival of horrors, a doomsday confrontation of man and his world. If Naked Lunch represented, as its author suggests, "a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork," the motto of the present book may be taken from the...[Item #2781]
London, England; New York, NY; Stockholm, Sweden; Tokyo, Japan: The Olympia Press; Paladin-HarperCollins; Flamingo-HarperCollins; Grove Press; Kawadeshoboshinisha; Bokforlaget Pan/Norstedts; Mammoth Publications, 1965-2009. First Edition; First Editions Thus; Third Printing. Four Softcovers; Two Hardcovers; One DVD. Jim McCrary, poet & educator, is a resident of Lawrence, Kansas. During William S. Burroughs' later years there, McCrary was his friend & associate; a member of Burroughs Communications led by James Grauerholz. Offered here...[Item #2885]
New York, NY: Grove Press/ Evergreen Black Cat, 1967; 1973. Third Softcover Printing; First Softcover Printing. Softcover. Hand-signed & dated by William S. Burroughs. Two editions of the first issued novel in William S. Burroughs' cut-up trilogy, followed by The Ticket that Exploded & Nova Express: (1) First softcover edition, third printing. According to Maynard & Miles, approximately 25,000 copies of the first softcover edition were published during March of...[Item #2900]
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]
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by William S. Burroughs to Jim McCrary. "With My Education: A Book of Dreams William S. Burroughs pushes on into new territory, once again committing the unspeakable crime of questioning the reality structure. Dreams have always been a rich source of imagery in Burroughs' work. In this book they are a direct and powerful force. Hundreds of dreams-...[Item #2918]
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1967 (1961). Second Softcover Printing. Softcover. Signed & Inscribed by John Cage to Poet/Publisher Ken Mikolowski. "written from here includes: autobiographical fragments as Zen koan--blank pages as "white paintings" of the mind--anecdotes of Schonberg and Suzuki--celebrations of Satie, Varese, Rauschenberg, private friends, mushrooms--and words and spaces on Meister Eckhart--Zen--Dada--the Random Chaos-composition by hexagram, coin-tossing, paper fly specks--composition for prepared piano, magnetic tape, Happenings--Silence heard as the...[Item #2672]
New York, NY: Scribners, 1965. First Trade Edition. Softcover. Signed & Inscribed by Robert Creeley to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, Founders of Detroit's "Alternative Press." Hugh Kenner once said that Robert Creeley was "the Samuel Taylor Coleridge of his generation." "Had I lived some years ago," writes Creeley in the introduction, "I think I would have been a moralist, i.e., one who lays down, so to speak, rules of behavior...[Item #2722]
Ann Arbor, MI: The Alternative Press, 1993, 1999. First Printings. Single Postcards. Two rare postcards with short poems by Allen Ginsberg, canonical founding father of the Beat Generation & beyond. (1) "In the Benjo: To G.S.," dated & timed precisely at "10/23/92 11AM," a whimsical ode to the pleasures of reading while on the toilet. With illustration evoking the poem's subject by Michael Mikolowski. A letterpress production by the Alternative...[Item #2862]
n/p: Unknown, 1989. First Edition. Cassette Tape in Case. Signed by Philip Glass on Side 2 label. A cassette with three string quartets by the canonical contemporary composer Philip Glass, who turns 80 years young as we write! The compositions were String Quartets "No. 2(1983- Company)," "No. 3 (1985- Mishima)" & "No. 4 (1989- Buczak)," were performed by L'Ensemble on July 4, 1989, & recorded here. The latter piece had...[Item #2866]
New York, NY: Adventures in Poetry, 1973. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. (1/500 Unnumbered Copies). Released by Adventures in Poetry in 1973, this representative publication contains a letter written by Frank O'Hara to Joe LeSeur, the dedicatee of his seminal "Lunch Poems," written while O'Hara was in Belgrade on November 19, 1963--notably three days before the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, and not long before "Lunch Poems" would...[Item #2928]
New York, NY: Adventures in Poetry, 1974. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. Signed by Bill Berkson to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, Founders of Detroit's Visionary "Alternative Press." Another undisputed collaborative classic of Frank O'Hara, "Hymns of St. Bridget" is a refulgent collection of poems, all imbued with O'Hara's signature combination of wit, warmth & candor. Issued by Adventures in Poetry in 1974, this is a signature "New York" production, featuring art...[Item #2927]
Bolinas, CA: Grey Fox Press, 1975. First Edition. Softcover. One of those essential & forgotten collections of a poet's prose, "Standing Still and Walking in New York" illuminates the true mind of O'Hara like very few resources can. Contained within these pages is an assembly of prose compiled by Don Allen of "Notes" & short "Essays" from O'Hara on a wide variety of topics. These topics include his friends Gregory...[Item #2929]
New York, NY: Full Court Press, 1978. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Released in 1978 by Ron Padgett and Anne Waldman's Full Court Press, this publication assembles a rarely surveyed & highly experimental aspect of O'Hara's oeuvre; his plays. As Joseph LeSeur, the dedicatee of "Lunch Poems" writes in his introduction, Frank once made the comment that "You call it something--i.e. a play--and everyone will accept it as such." Yet...[Item #2934]
Bolinas, CA: Big Sky, 1978. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Frank O'Hara in others--that is what this book is about. As editors, we have collected the messages, long and short, from many of the people who knew Frank or who otherwise feel some close connection with him through either hearsay or his work or both, and whom we approached, asking them to contribute in the forms of their choice: "How...[Item #2935]
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. First Edition. Hardcover. "City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara" must be regarded as an absolutely seminal resource to all those interested in O'Hara and his inimitable contribution to American poetry. As this tome recounts, O'Hara was at the forefront of the now-canonized New York art & poetry scene of the 1950s & 60s. He was a vibrant, daily presence whose...[Item #2930]
New York, NY: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Written by the dedicatee of O'Hara's "Lunch Poems," this is a resource unlike any other we have pertaining to the life of O'Hara. As the text on the front flap states, LeSeur lived with O'Hara for ten years from 1955-1965, the years in which O'Hara created the bulk of his major work. LeSeur's memoir is a "memoir,"--it's fueled by...[Item #2931]
St. Paul, MN: Coffee House Press, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed to Ken Mikolowski by Ron Padgett. "Joe and I first met at the age of six, and when he passed away forty-six years later it was as if he and I- two Oklahoma boys who had gone to New York together at eighteen in search of art and poetry- had been blood brothers. His death made me...[Item #2761]