Huncke's Journal. Herbert Huncke.
Huncke's Journal

Huncke's Journal

New York, NY: Poet's Press, 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Softcover. This classic collection of stories from Beat Generation legend Herbert Huncke was published by Diane di Prima's "Poet's Press" in New York City in 1965. Di Prima was among the first to see the immense naturalistic talent of a writer like Huncke; his raw, gritty, unrelenting tales are replicated with an honesty that could be analogized to James Joyce's classic "Dubliners." This is the true first edition, first printing, as proven by the absence of the Allen Ginsberg introduction, which was added for the second printing. In 1965, Huncke was just beginning to garner acclaim as a writer--he was reading these stories at places like the Cafe Le Metro and the Gaslight with the likes of Ed Sanders and other NYC countercultural staples during the thriving Mimeograph Revolution. This particular copy comes from the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, co-founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers and friends of many Beat Generation, "New York School" and "Black Mountain" authors. Illustrations by Erin Matson. Book in near fine condition with significant rubbing to front, back covers; moderate shelf-wear throughout; small bump-corner at bottom right-hand,top right-hand corners of front cover; slight scattered nicks & gauges throughout, esp. at top left-hand corner of front cover nearest spine-edge; slight discoloration as commonly seen on virtually all available copies of this rarity; significant rusting, minor bleeding at staples. Near Fine. [Item #2953]

Price: $225.00

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