The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera. Charles Boer, George F. Butterick, Ken Mikolowski, Mikolowski Ann.
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera
The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera

The Maximus Poems (Two Editions) with: Maximus Poems IV, V, VI with: The Maximus Poems Volume Three with: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson with: Ephemera

ISBN: 206615590;670006114
New York, NY; London, England; Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: Jargon/ Corinth Books; Cape Goliard Press; Grossman Publishers/ The Viking Press; University of California Press, 1960-1980. Second Printings; First Softcover Editions. Four Softcovers; One Hardcover. The Maximus Poems are the Magnum Opus of Charles Olson (1910-1970), the great Black Mountain-&-Beyond poet who was, literally & in literature, a towering figure. His deep, wide-sweeping poems, & ideas about poetry, continue to inspire acolytes & provoke critics; his prolific legacy continues to be parsed & analyzed. Offered here is a complete set of The Maximus Poems as they first appeared in compilation over a fifteen-year period, along with the foremost critical study of the series. All of these volumes are from the collection of Ken Mikolowski, a Michigan poet & publisher who with his late wife Ann founded & conducted the fabled Alternative Press, which printed many now very collectible productions by the primary figures of the Beat Generation, Black Mountain & New York schools, including the earliest Olson publication to follow his death ("O'Ryan 1-10," 1970). In chronological order: (1) The Maximus Poems, first trade hardcover edition in laminated pictorial "Perma-Bound" boards without dust jacket as issued, first published by Jargon/ Corinth books in 1960. We believe this is the second printing circa 1964, since there is a price of "$2.50" near upper right corner of front cover; rather than a price of "$1.95" below publisher's name near lower left corner of front cover. With illustration of topographical map across front, back covers & spine, not referenced but we would presume relating to Gloucester, Massachusetts; & illustration opposite title page described thusly in colophon: "...A word on the title-page device: this 'glyph' becomes Olson's 'Figure of Outward,' striding forth from the domain of the infinitely small; and, also, a written character for Maximus himself- the Man in the Word. It is (really, like they say) the enlargement of a sliver of perforated tin ceiling found on the floor of a bar room in a ghost town in Arizona..." (2) The first trade softcover edition, identical to (1) except for un-laminated wraps & also presumed to be a second printing as above. Interestingly, this softcover edition is in sewn binding, whereas (1) is perfect-bound. (3) Maximus Poems IV, V, VI, first trade edition published in 1968 by Cape Goliard Press, London in association with Grossman Publishers, New York. As noted in colophon, "This first edition has been designed, printed & published by Cape Goliard Press...Printed in Great Britain." Very large trade format softcover with heavy, textured wrappers & paper stock. Front cover illustration of earth's ancient continental configuration is emblematic of Olson's allusions through the depths of the past as they evolve to his present, from the most local details of his beloved Gloucester to & from the universal. On the copyright page, Olson comments: "...the basis of the cover...is of course the Earth (and Ocean) before Earth started to come apart at the seams, some 125 million years a while back- and India took off from Africa & migrated to Asia." (September 1968) (4) The Maximus Poems Volume Three, first trade edition published in 1975 by Grossman, a division of The Viking Press, New York. Very large trade format softcover. Edited by supreme Olson associate-authorities Charles Boer & George F. Butterick. In their Editors' Note they state: "These poems were edited at Charles Olson's request from among his papers...Some were published in periodicals before his death in 1970; the remainder were identified by the editors for inclusion." They also note about front cover illustration: "The cover map was designated by the poet. It is a periplus of the coast of Massachusetts from Gloucester to Marblehead, said to have been drawn by John Winthrop from the deck of the Arabella as he sailed south toward Boston in 1630." Included here is a memorial tribute article about Olson detached from a 1970 issue of the Wesleyan University alumni magazine, with hand-written marginalia in blank borders around a large photograph of the poet on the first page of the article, addressed to Ken Mikolowski from an unknown colleague who mentions that he too is a Wesleyan alumnus along with Olson. The pages of the article are stapled & folded, & were loosely included between pages 120-121, where we have kept them. (5) A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson by Butterick, first softcover edition published in 1980 by University of California Press, Berkeley & Los Angeles; issued simultaneously or possibly during 1978 in hardcover. A massive Maximus Talmud of a study, the result of a decade of scholarly toil by one of the foremost Olson authorities (see above). As Edward Kaplan is excerpted in his laudatory blurb on back cover: "A glorious work, twisted on itself in layers, Maximus...required the organic footnote; the groundedness that intellectual rigor would offer, to make it seem, at least, grasp-able by ordinary means....we now have that hand to lead us through the intricacies of this monumental work....Butterick can tell us where Olson got what and from whom and when and possibly even how. And yet, the creative mystery of this living poem remains unspoiled." Included loosely here is a bookmark from the original Borders Book Shop, which was located on a block of State Street in Ann Arbor that also was the home of Shaman Drum Bookshop, founded & led by our revered mentor Karl Pohrt. Both places (not to mention the huge chain that Borders became) are alas gone. A very special & collectible gathering of Maximalia with distinguished provenance. (1) in very fine condition with only very mild rubbing & a few areas of spotting-discoloration to front, back covers & spine; one tiny gauge-spot at blank area near middle of back cover; mild browning & rubbing to upper edge of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. (2) in fine condition with mild rubbing & browning to front, back cover & esp. spine, spine-edges of covers; minor wear, tiny bumps & creases at edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves; very light browning & occasional rubbing at thin blank margin-edges of same. (3) in fine condition with mild rubbing & mild-to-moderate browning to front, back covers & spine; very light wear, tiny bumps & creases to edges & corners of same; series of light vertical wrinkles across spine; mild rubbing & very light browning to edges of text block, esp. lower edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. (4) in fine-to-near-fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & spine; minor wear, bumps & creases at edges & corners of same; several creases beginning at lower-middle right edge & ending at lower edge near lower right corner of front cover; small crease near lower left edge of back cover; areas of light wrinkling to spine; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves; fading stamped price of previous seller & small green dot sticker near lower right corner of short title page. Ephemera (Olson article with marginalia noted above) in near-fine condition with two horizontal creases across pages where originally folded into thirds (still folded in half at lower panel); very light wear at all edges & corners esp. edges carefully torn from issue; crease at upper left corner where single staple is located. (5) in fine-to-near-fine condition with mild rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; light wear, tiny bumps & creases to edges & corners of same; somewhat deep crease across spine causing slight breach of interior binding between pages 314-315 (where bookmark is located); very light rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only binding breach noted above; tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Ephemera (bookmark noted above) in fine condition with only horizontal crease across surface near upper edge where it protrudes from book; light wear, tiny bumps & short creases at upper edge & corners. Near Fine- Very Fine. [Item #3167]

Price: $200.00