First Blues: Rags, Ballads & Harmonium Songs 1971-74. Allen Ginsberg.

First Blues: Rags, Ballads & Harmonium Songs 1971-74

ISBN: 0916190048
New York, NY: Full Court Press, 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Allen Ginsberg. "Music carries senseless vowels, which could be revised but in keeping with the spirit of this Art I've left most first drafts & improvisations fixed in their original wordings, useful to myself & others to see how raw mind actually sings."(from author's introduction) The first hardcover printing of Allen Ginsberg's compilation of his verse-lyrics to songs which he performed, sometimes accompanied by himself on harmonium, at his readings; & which he also recorded. With an introduction by the author, & facsimiles of his hand-written words & musical notations. This copy is signed by Ginsberg on the title page. In addition, there are hand-written corrections of text on pages ii & iv of the introduction; & on pages 49-51, 59(a line through an entire sentence that is a variation on the one preceding it), & 60. We believe these corrections were hand-inserted by Ginsberg, or otherwise at his direction. We have seen examples of this among our items, & he is known to have done this self-editing wherever he found a mistake or omission. A very significant Ginsberg collectible, in very fine, virtually mint condition. There is only spotting to the upper edge; & the slightest creasing to edges of dust jacket spine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #1816]

Price: $100.00

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