Hiparama of the Classics. Richard Myrle Buckley, Lord Buckley.
Hiparama of the Classics

Hiparama of the Classics

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1960. First Edition, Second (?) Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "To Lord Richard Buckley, his most euphoric Lordship, greetings! What a treat to hear your new shatterbusting recording delivered like a true hipster with variations...It's all so very alive and jumpin' and in the pauses one can hear the atoms exploding out there in the Milky Way where the grass comes up every once in ten billion years and there are no moth balls or frigidaires, no box office receipts, no railroads, no crucifixions rosy or otherwise...it is very far out, your Lordship..." (Henry Miller, abridged from quote on back cover) This is "A Transcription of Seven Lord Buckley Monologues Taken from His Recordings" (back cover) by the great cult-hipster entertainer born Richard Myrle Buckley (1906-1960), a near-contemporary & kindred spirit of the Beat Generation. With his Lordship's inimitable take on the lives & words of Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Roman Emperor Nero, the Marquis de Sade, Mahatma Ghandi, Alvar Nunez Cabaza de Vaca & William Shakespeare. Transcribed from nightclub routines that were recorded on such LPs as "Hipsters, Flipsters & Finger Poppin' Daddies" during the 1950s. Published by the iconic City Lights imprint near or at the same period as the Pocket Poets Series classics we all know & revere, in stapled chapbook-style format. According to Ralph T. Cook's definitive City Lights bibliography, this production was first issued in July 1960 in an edition of 500, with no reference to the price of $1.00 on rear cover but otherwise no identification as a first printing. This copy does have the price stated at upper left corner of rear cover, but otherwise has all points noted in Cook including red-&-black colors of front cover Buckley & background image, etc. (see No. 24, pgs. 25-26). Also, as per condition description below, this appears to be a very old, early copy. Therefore, we conclude that this is a first edition, probable second printing. Among the very few printed works from his Lordship's lifetime (barely, he died during November 1960); a cult classic enriched by its City Lights pedigree, in its next-to-rarest form. In relatively near-fine condition with very light rubbing & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers; more pronounced creasing with loss of surface at stapled spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, small creases at edges & corners; moderate browning, spotting esp. at margins, edges of rear cover; outer surfaces of staples slightly rusting with no interior rusting or bleeding; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with only very light browning to blank inner covers; small bumps, creases to corners of page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3393]

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