Berlin. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


San Francisco, CA: Golden Mountain Press, 1961. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. A short booklet containing a little-circulated long poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; poet, publisher, and central organizing figure of the Beat movement. Originally published in October of 1961 in an impression of 1000 copies, this reflective, autobiographical work echoes much of the subject matter familiarly found in the poet's oeuvre: an acute sociopolitical consciousness and a focus on the poet's role in an ever-changing world. This pamphlet was reprinted once in another smaller but indeterminate impression, and according to Bill Morgan's comprehensive bibliography of Ferlinghetti, the point distinguishing this as the true first printing is the use of a lighter brown ink than is found on the second printing. (Morgan A6, pg. 22) Nevertheless, publisher Harold Graves cannot remember whether there was ever any concrete distinction between the two printings, and variations in ink intensity can be present throughout a single printing. This is an important inclusion in the poet's lengthy and storied career. In very fine condition with only very light sunning/browning to thin edges & corners of front and back covers; tiny spot at mid-right edge of front cover, likely as issued. Very Fine. [Item #2516]

Price: $35.00

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