Airplane Dreams: Compositions from Journals. Allen Ginsberg.
Airplane Dreams: Compositions from Journals

Airplane Dreams: Compositions from Journals

Toronto, Canada: The House of Anansi, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed with note by Allen Ginsberg. This is the very first edition of a compilation of journal excerpts written by Allen Ginsberg & described by him in a note preceding them as "...compositions from Journals kept decades 1948-1968, a few solid fragments typed up published out of context, not exactly poems, nor not poems: journal notations put together conveniently, a mental turn-on printed across the border by long hair youthful exiles disunited from these States by the war of sighs and spears." Produced in Canada & mostly exported to the USA where copies were seized & destroyed by U.S. Customs, few of these original Canadian editions are extant, & it was followed by an American edition the next year, 1969 (see item #1153). Two aspects of this already scarce Canadian copy make it even more scarce & important: It is a hardcover edition, of which to our knowledge only several hundred copies were produced out of a stated run of 6,000 mostly softcover copies; & this copy is signed by Ginsberg, along with a hand-written note, "See Corrections." We assume he is referring to the errata slip which is present. The back section of the folded errata slip describes a clause of U.S. copyright law & mentions that 5,000 copies were being sent to the U.S. in protest of this clause (where most met their fate at the hands of the establishment as above). A most significant Ginsberg collectible from the height of his Vietnam War-era controversy, in very fine condition with only spotting to top edge, rubbing & spotting to top of boards, otherwise mint. Dust jacket in fine condition with only very mild creasing at edges, minor rubbing & soiling to front & back covers, a few tiny stains (one may be part of a fingerprint) at right edge of front cover, light pencil slash across part of original price at lower right of front cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #1811]

Price: $150.00

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