Boston, MA (1) / Fresno, CA (2) / New York, NY (3) / No Place (4) / Ann Arbor, MI: Twayne ; The Giligia Press ; New Directions ;  Anonymous;  Third Mind Books, 1961; 1969; 1991; 2018. First Printings. Hardcover; Softcover in Stiff Wraps; Single Sheet; Softcover. Here we feast our eyes upon the Supreme Scholarly "First and Second San Francisco Renaissance Bundle," an it's-all-here package featuring five separate items of incredible importance and interest to the scholar-collector-enthusiast of all things Beat: (1) Warren French's 1991 work "The San Francisco Poetry Renaissance, in which French "...draws on rare contemporary documents collected over thirty years since the poetry renaissance's peak to recreate the atmosphere of San Francisco's North Beach during the movement's height." The blurb goes on to note how French makes distinctions between the writing of Ginsberg and Kerouac and that of Whalen and Snyder, while also purposefully and thoughtfully bringing the work of Lenore Kandel and Diane di Prima into the fold with an aim at non-tokenistic "representation" of their worth and contribution. While our research did not reveal to us whether Mr. French is "still with us," we do know he was born in 1922, which would make him (depending, of course, on his precise date of birth) 98 years old as of this writing. French's book on the epochal First San Francisco Renaissance is a fantastic overall history which compresses, in great detail, the moment-to-moment nuances of its emergence as a literary-&-cultural phenomena. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new; dust-jacket in very fine condition as well, and has been equally well-cared for. (2) Pioneering Beat Scholar & bibliographer David Kherdian's early (1969) work, "Six San Francisco Poets," -- a relic of literary-criticism interesting not only for its own contributions and commentary but its look at The First San Francisco Renaissance before The Second San Francisco Renaissance even took place. In near fine condition with moderate shelf-wear, chipping to fine-edges, spine just above center-middle; moderate-to-pronounced rubbing at front and back stiff wraps. (3) A First Edition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's essential 1961 collection "Starting from San Francisco," which featured (in its initial release) a contemporary recording of Ferlinghetti reading from his work, including the Ferlinghetti classic "Overpopulation." Ferlinghetti famously did not like this recording and ordered the unbound galleys reserved for second printings to be all repurposed as stapled-wraps softcover editions, a classier form of good-ol' disgruntled-bohemian manuscript burning, one might say. Book in near fine condition with slight shelf-wear to front, back covers, spine; moderate rubbing to front, back covers; modest, small bumps to corners. 45 RPM record in VG+ condition "Starting from San Francisco" & "New York-Albany" side; Near Mint on "Overpopulation" side. (4) Gary Snyder's "North Beach," a broadside (8&1/2"x22") with a prose essay-reminiscence about the North Beach area of San Francisco. Published anonymously & with no reference to place, publisher, date, etc. According to John Sherlock's Bibliography of Works By and About Gary Snyder (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, 2010), the author is Snyder, the great primary poet of the Beat Generation & beyond. It was issued in an edition of 1000 copies by the Canessa Gallery in 1975 (Sherlock, B70, pg. 31). An important Snyder rarity. In very fine condition, virtually mint except for very small crease-bumps at lower right corner. (5) Last but not least, and to perhaps further endow the collection in which this one-of-a-kind-bundle will eventually reside, we have chosen to include an as new, "from the cellar" First Printing of Third Mind Books debut publication, "Starting From San Francisco: The Baby Beat Generation and the Second San Francisco Renaissance," completing the scholarly history of the San Francisco Renaissance[s] as encapsulated in this desirably voluminous package.
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Broadside will be carefully rolled and shipped in a tube. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3815]