Seattle, WA: Double Elephant Folio & Quarto Co., Inc., 1969. First Edition Thus. Softcover. A very large (appx. 11&1/3" x 13&2/3") folio with very high-quality facsimile reproductions of engraved illustrations by the iconic British artist, poet & printer William Blake. As explained in colophon, "This book has been printed by photo-offset lithography from the original edition of 1804. It is number three in the Double Elephant- San Vito Press series.....[Item #3601]
NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL: RABBIT HOLES & RECENT ARRIVALS
The January Sale-&-Feature -- titled "Rabbit Holes & Recent Arrivals" -- culls numerous choice cuts (all from the Weekly Uploads to the site we made in 2021). Choice cuts that, for one reason or the other, seem to "fly under the radar" in a way that many similar items don't.
As for the "Rabbit Holes," we mean works that spark potentially lifelong interest in their authors, or, if biographical, their subjects.
ALL ITEMS that are a part of the TMB "Rabbit Holes & Recent Arrivals" New Year's Special are on sale for 10-30% off for the Month of JANUARY ONLY!
Happy New Year, to All of Our Fellow Beat-&-Beyonders!
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Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1985. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by editor Millicent Dillon. "How I wish that I were with you now. I saw Bill [William Burroughs] for a few minutes, he called by to see me or I told Bryan [Brion Gysin] to let him in- rather send him in. I don't quite remember." (from letter of September 28, 1966 to Paul Bowles, pg. 290). A......[Item #3981]
Santa Barbara, CA: Bradford Morrow, 1979. Limited First Edition. Softcover in Over-Wraps. "Like the ship's captain who rushes into the first lifeboat in drag, Benway rejects the pompous hypocrisy of his profession and this rejection is so outrageous as to provoke laughter rather than censure." (from Introduction, pg. 10) A variant passage from William S. Burroughs' breakthrough work, Naked Lunch, starring his immortal routine-character Dr. Benway, the unforgettably over-the-top, breezily.....[Item #4696]
Tucson, AZ: Schaffner Press, 2013. First Edition. Softcover. "For over a century, New York's Chelsea Hotel has been a haven for countless literary, artistic, and musical icons who caroused, created, and thrived there--Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Virgil Thomson, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Sid Vicious, to name just a few. In a unique oral history format.....[Item #4714]
London, England: The Ferry Press, 1977. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Fielding Dawson. "So, first things first differently, and the first thing was, as it happens, my recent essay 'On Destiny,' which the act of writing caused me to realize that something else was unfolding before me: I realized in my essay, while finding its point, was creating a limitation. In other words, that essay created this one, because.....[Item #4721]
Buffalo, NY: Intrepid Press, 1971. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. This monumental number of the literary journal edited by Allen De Loach combines itself with the equally legendary Floating Bear journal to form the very special "Intrepid-Bear Issue," co-edited & with contributions by Floating Bear founder Diane di Prima. This landmark cornucopia of an issue also features contributions of poetry & prose by Paul Blackburn, Ray Bremser, Anselm Hollo, Robert Kelly.....[Item #4792]
New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1960. First Printings. Softcovers. Two contiguous, early vintage numbers of the legendary literary journal chiefly edited by Barney Rosset & published by his Grove Press imprint: (1) Evergreen Review Vol. 4 No. 13 (May - June 1960)- This issue, titled "What is 'Pataphysics?," is introduced in a "Superliminal Note" by Roger Shattuck, who states seven definitions-principals beginning with " 'Pataphysics is the science of.....[Item #4297]
Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. "In this book I have attempted to delineate the Western archetype by examining one of its most salient features: the creative writer. Abstracting from his personal achievement I treat him as a distinct species, a phenomenon spanning several generations of Western experience, to arrive as a late but authentic symbol in the pantheon of American images we have developed over our two centuries.....[Item #3356]
Paterson, NJ: From Here Press, 1978. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. "This booklet further paves the intersection between the "mainstream" of contemporary writing and the haiku "movement" in North America. Haiku aficionados here have often attacked the rest of Western writings as decadent and full of overbearing language, its writers unable to see the reality around them or avoid self-flattering hyperbole in speaking of it. Yet, as (Allen) Ginsberg himself.....[Item #4806]
New York, NY: Pantheon Books/ Random House, Inc., 1962. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Already a best seller in Europe, this book introduces to American readers the most brilliant novelist to appear in Germany since the Nazis destroyed the freedom of German writers. The Tin Drum shows clearly that Gunter Grass has begun a new movement in German letters; yet he is also steeped in the great tradition of Goethe and.....[Item #4815]
New York, NY: New Directions Books, 1965. First Edition. Softcover. "There is deep excitement in the originality and power of Bob Kaufman's poems. Perhaps the first to "discover" this young American Negro writer was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who published him in two City Lights broadsides (San Francisco, 1959 and 1960). Now Kaufman has assembled the work of ten years in Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, a collection that will have tremendous impact.....[Item #4801]
New York, NY: Grove Press Inc. / Evergreen Books Ltd., 1961. First Printing. Softcover in Sewn Binding. "Here is the complete Kerouac text, with photos selected by Robert Frank from the film Pull My Daisy- a short cinematographic exhibition of "Beat" life in a Bowery "pad" on New York's Lower East Side, with spontaneous performances by poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky, painter Larry Rivers, composer David Amram.....[Item #4822]
n/p; Carmarthen, Wales; San Francisco, CA: Bootlegger/ Albion; Unicorn Bookshop; Grey Fox Press, 1973; 1976; 1993. Bootleg Edition; First Edition Thus; First Edition Thus, Second Printing. Stapled Wrappers; Unbound Sheets in Loose Wrappers; Softcover. "Old Angel Midnight is only the beginning of a lifelong work in multilingual sound, representing the haddal-da-babra of babbling world tongues coming in thru my window at midnight no matter where I live or what I'm.....[Item #4311]
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. "On a blind date in Greenwich Village set up by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac met Joyce Glassman in January of 1957, nine months before he became famous overnight with the publication of On the Road. She was an adventurous, independent-minded twenty-one-year-old who earned her keep as a secretary but who already had a publisher interested in her first novel. Kerouac was.....[Item #4204]
Los Angeles, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1970. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed & Numbered (Twice) by Gerard Malanga. "Eight of the ten poems were selected from my most recent work-in-progress, 'The Notebooks.' Through numerous revisions I have given the individual poems by this time a perfection of which I was obviously incapable earlier. For through the process of revision I have learned to differentiate what's false to my poetry from.....[Item #4847]
San Francisco, CA: ManRoot Press, 1982. Limited First Edition. Softcover in Sewn Wrappers; Folded Single Sheet. Signed by Clive Matson Three Times, & Additionally Inscribed by Matson to Polly Black. Clive Matson's (b. 1941) 1982 release, "Equal in Desire" heralded a new direction for Matson, a direction that would include a wider consideration of social relations without sacrificing the "direct expression" that Allen Ginsberg praised his poems for exhibiting/embodying. For.....[Item #4845]
London, England: William Heinemann Ltd., 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. "The first thing I want to insist on is that reading should be enjoyable. Of course, there are many books that we all have to read, either to pass examinations or to acquire information, from which it is impossible to extract enjoyment. We are reading them for instruction, and the best we can hope is that our need for it will.....[Item #3967]
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1973. First Printing. Hardcover. "I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child. Throughout my academic ascent in America, from lean lecturer to Full Professor, I have never delivered to my audience one scrap of information not prepared in typescript beforehand and not held under my eyes on the bright-lit lectern. At parties, if I attempt to entertain.....[Item #4819]
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: New Directions, 1966. First Printing. Softcover. Complete with one-of-a-kind "Olsonite" sticker, this copy of Charles Olson's "Selected Writings" with introduction by Robert Creeley is from the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, co-founders of Detroit's visionary Alternative Press, publishers of many "Beat'/ New York/"Black Mountain School"-affiliated authors. We don't know how the "Olsonite" sticker got there--whether it was an Alternative Press production or a gift from Creeley.....[Item #3099]
San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966. First Edition Thus. Stapled Wrappers. "The skill was not to snub the nose of the pickerel on the under edge of the ice as, with wet, numb hands, you brought him up- more often than not he was a perch- out of the water six inches or three feet down, as the winter went, from the frozen surface of the lake." (first paragraph.....[Item #3997]
San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969. First Edition. Softcover. "Causal Mythology," if Third Mind Books would have been in charge of assigning a title to the book, would read exactly the way our listing title shows it. At the very least, it would provide some reference to the fact that it holds within its covers a significant lecture delivered by the great-&-powerful Charles Olson (1910-1970). The second thing to.....[Item #4808]
Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, March 2017. Limited Edition (#38/125). Stapled Wrappers. Jed Birmingham, perhaps best known for his exceptional site on all things William S. Burroughs, the Mimeograph Revolution and beyond, here has composed a brilliant essay on Charles Olson, the Black Mountain-affiliated mid-century poetic giant (literally and figuratively) and details his trip to the Ralph Maud/Charles Olson Library and his experience at the Charles Olson Memorial Lecture. The.....[Item #3036]
Liverpool, PA; n/p: Bob Sprowls; Becky Thatcher Book Shop, 1985; n/d. Limited First Edition; First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Two rare booklets concerning Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), the great American humorist & author: (1) Mark Twain in Williamsport, booklet in stapled wrappers, 1985 first edition, No. 725 of 1000 copies, all as stated on title page. With a series of articles by Twain scholar & educator T.R. McIntosh.....[Item #4314]
New York, NY: Random House, Inc., 2005. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "In the spring of 1884, Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. In this bold and colorful narrative, veteran writer Mark Perry reconstructs the heady.....[Item #4406]