Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1978. Ron Sauter. Limited First Edition, Presentation Copy. Single Sheet. Presentation Copy signed by poet William Everson & illustrator Ron Sauter. A broadside (13"x20") with the title poem by William Everson (1912-1996), the great San Francisco Renaissance poet who became known as the "Beat Friar" after joining the Dominican order, which he left later in life to marry a young woman. With a riveting illustration by Ron Sauter depicting the poem's description of the blackbirds being descended on by predatory owls. Printed in an edition of 175 numbered & 26 lettered copies, all signed by both the poet & illustrator. This is a presentation copy, as noted below the limitation/copyright statement, among an unknown quantity & perhaps the rarest version, outside the 201 official copies noted. Signed in ink by Everson below & to the right of his printed name below the poem; & by Sauter in pencil above his printed facsimile signature in the lower area of the owl portion of his illustration. A stunningly beautiful production printed by Grant Dahlstrom for the Lord John Press, & a very desirable collectors' item. In very fine condition with only tiny bumps at top corners & lower left corner; irregular lower & right edges, a few tiny natural spots on surface not effecting text or illustration as issued on tumble-textured handmade paper.
Item is currently mounted on stiff board, in protective shrink wrap, will be shipped rolled in a tube. Very Fine. [Item #2095]