City Lights Journal, Number Three. Guillaume Apollinaire, Mary Beach, Julian Beck, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Jeff Nuttall, Charles Olson, Claude Pelieu, Charles Plymell.

City Lights Journal, Number Three

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1966. First Printing. Softcover. The third number of the landmark first series of literary journals published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic Beat imprint, City Lights Books. Features an article by Richard Shattuck about Surrealist poet & playwright Guillaume Apollinaire (Apollinaire's great Whitman Happening") with a photograph of Apollinaire; Mary Beach's translation from French into English of a fragment from her husband Claude Pelieu's prose-poetry work ("Here Now Fast"); the script & related writings by Julian Beck of his avant-garde Living Theatre Company's production of "Frankenstein" including photographs of the staged work; a fragment from the poem "Mutation of the Spirit" by Gregory Corso; a short prose work by Ferlinghetti ("Pound at Spoleto"); a lengthy poem by Allen Ginsberg dated June 15, 1965 ("New York to San Fran"); the poem "Mad Sonnet" by Michael McClure; "Boy with Face of Sour Apples," a prose fragment by Jeff Nuttall (who published William S. Burroughs' works in his 1960s My Own Mag series); an explicit translation of a fragment of ancient poetry by Charles Olson ("The Song of Ullikumi"); the poem "Apocalypse Rose" by Charles Plymell; & more. With more photographs & illustrations, including a famous image of poets in front of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco taken by Larry Keenan, Jr. on December 5, 1965 featuring Ferlinghetti under an umbrella, Richard Brautigan, Ginsberg, McClure, Peter Orlovsky & many others on front cover. An important number in this most collectible series, in suitably "Beat"-good condition: Moderate rubbing to front, back covers & spine; vertical creasing & discoloration along length of spine; loss of about 3/4" of glossy surface at lower left area of same; light bumping & chipping to all edges & corners of covers & spine; water (coffee?!) stain at bottom left edge emanating from spine; other edges with very light browning, spotting & scratching. Interior fine except for stain noted above extending through bottom area of approx. first & last 75 pages at & near spine, hardly or not at all effecting text or images. Good. [Item #2111]

Price: $30.00