Labor Day/September Sale: Beats in Mexico & More...
On September 6, 1951 in Mexico City...
We reflect upon the anniversary of a certain game of "William Tell" that played a crucial role in American culture through its later transmutation & manifestation as the literary and cultural legacy of William S. Burroughs.
We've placed alongside these Burroughs-related relics a truly transnational platter of rarities dealing with the Mexican sojourns of other Beat or Beat-related writers. Added to this are a few crowd-pleasing New York & Black Mountain favorites sure to satisfy the scholar and the curious.
Featuring WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS JR., FRANK O'HARA, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, ROBERT CREELEY, BONNIE BREMSER, CHARLES OLSON & MORE, we present the September/Labor Day Sale from Third Mind Books!
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San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Back Roads to Far Towns After Basho" is an exceedingly rare 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 verses. Lawrence...[Item #2532]
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]
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: 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]
London, England: Cape Goliard Press, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. A primary source book for innumerable mid-century masters & beyond, Charles Olson's monumental "Archaeologist of Morning" can be seen as Olson's 'Collected Poems' outside of his famed "Maximus" series, as it contains all the poems Olson himself actually approved for publication in his lifetime not intended for the Maximus series. As such, it contains "Y & X," "In Cold Hell, In...[Item #3095]
Detroit, MI: The Alternative Press, 1970. First Edition Thus. Stapled Sheets. Charles Olson (1910-1970), a literal & literary Giant in the canon of twentieth-century American poetry, first published some of these poems in a small edition during 1958; then expanded to ten poems in a larger edition during 1965 (see Butterick & Glover, A12 a-b, pgs. 11-12). In the deep, allusive Olsonian manner, the poems combine expansive mythology with contemporary...[Item #3174]
Mexico City, MX: Ediciones El Corno Emplumando, 1966. Limited First Edition. Softcover. A bi-lingual collection of poems by Jerome Rothenberg, the venerable poet, editor, essayist & founder-central figure of the ethno-poetics movement. All the poems relate to the artist Arshile Gorky (1904 - 1948), whose short, brilliant, turbulent & tragic life & work are referred to obliquely, "...for the last thing I would have learned from Gorky is to write...[Item #3107]
San Francisco, CA: Glide Memorial Church, Circa 1967. First Printing. Single Sheet. A broadside-poster (14"x20") announcing a "Poetry Fiesta" with "music and Dancers," featuring readings by poets Lenore Kandel, Margaret Randall, Marcus Ulewicz & Lew Welch, held at the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco on December 16, (circa) 1967. Welch (1926-1971?), among the primary poets of the Beat Generation & the San Francisco Renaissance, famously disappeared in 1971, a....[Item #2497]