San Francisco, CA: The Tenth Muse, 1971. First Printing. Single Sheet Framed. Signed by Diane di Prima. "I am no/ good at pleading, too proud and/ awkward, my hands/ know better how to ask, but how/ w/you so distant, look the leaves/ are gold, remember August they were/ green and we lay under them on earth" (first of two stanzas) A broadside (appx. 14&3/4" x 11&3/4" incl. frame) with an untitled poem by Diane di Prima, among the few & foremost female members of the original Beat Generation & beyond. With silhouette-photograph illustration of a tree by Betty Berenson. Next to & above her printed name below the poem, at an angle, di Prima has hand-written her signature. There is no information as to limitation, but we have seen only one other of this, & none signed. In black-painted wood frame with glass & backing, no surrounding matte. We offer this exclusively framed as we received it, we would never risk fiddling with such an important & fragile rarity. A most scarce & desirable di Prima collectible. Broadside appears to be in very fine condition with only a few tiny, light spots in blank areas near lower right corner; one of same in blank area near lower right corner of illustration just inside margin. Frame in good condition with mild rubbing & a few shallow chips at front edges & corners; upper corners slightly separated from warpage/ age; glass very fine with only very sparse, slight rubbing; rear (including sturdy mounting wire) paper backing with mild, typical blistering-creasing of surface; edges creased but not loose; one short, closed tear at mid-upper edge; another of same at right lower edge; one very small closed tear-dimple just above left lower edge.
Extra shipping and handling charges will be required to safely transport this item. Very Fine / (Frame) Good. [Item #3797]