Candia, NH / New York, NY: John Lebow / Phoenix Book Shop, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover, etc. in clamshell box. 6-1/2" x 9-3/4" Edited by Bob Wilson, proprietor of the legendary Phoenix Book Shop in New York City, Kenneth Doubrava, and John LeBow, this is the Deluxe Clamshell Boxed Edition of The Phoenix Book Shop: A Nest of Memories, a volume of tributes and essays about Bob Wilson, plus many other surprises in the box. Contributors to the beautifully printed letterpress book include John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka, James Broughton, Joseph Brodsky, Marshall Clements, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Denis Levertov, Michael McClure, James Purdy, Ed Sanders, Diane Wakoski, John Wieners, and Bob Wilson. This is One of Sixty-Five roman numeral copies. Also contained in the clamshell box is a handbound cloth oblong book titled Phoenix Photographs which contains a selection of original 5 x 7 photographs of various writers and friends of the Phoenix with Bob Wilson. Also contained in the box: a single sheet prospectus for the Phoenix publication, Ace of Pentacles by John Wieners, two cancelled Phoenix checks made out to Ray di Palma and Diane di Prima, also endorsed by them (1969, 1979), the chapbook Michael and The Lions, by Bob Wilson, about Michael McClure and issued as a 1980 Xmas gift by The Phoenix, and Catalogue #150 from The Phoenix Book Shop. All items are in New condition except Michael and the Lions chapbook, which has a very minor small corner bump. The beautiful clothbound clamshell box has labels affixed to the top and spine. A magnificent production, extremely rare & significant.
This is Copy "L"/65. Signed by Bob Wilson, Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, Amiri Baraka, John Ashbery, Denise Levertov, James Broughton, Diane Wakoski, John Wieners, Marshall Clements and Ed Sanders. As New / As New. [Item #1308]