Hermit Poems. Lew Welch.
Hermit Poems
Hermit Poems
Hermit Poems

Hermit Poems

San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1965. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. "Not yet 40, my beard is already white./ Not yet awake, my eyes are puffy and red,/ like a child who has cried too much." (first (untitled) poem, first stanza, unpaginated) A collection of nine untitled poems by Lew Welch (1926-1971?), the great American poet who towers over & haunts the Beat Generation. Welch departed from his friend & colleague Gary Snyder's California mountain home with his rifle in tow during May of 1971, leaving a suicide note, & disappeared- his body has never been found. Large-format chapbook in stapled wrappers, the eighth number in publisher's Writing series. Per colophon, this copy is from an edition of 974 un-numbered, unsigned copies, reproduced from Welch's (characteristically exemplary) handwriting. Another 26 copies were numbered & signed by Welch, "and not for sale." A desirable rarity in the all-important Welch oeuvre. In fine condition with mild rubbing & fading to front, back covers & stapled spine esp. at/near edges & corners; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; light spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at mostly upper corners of page leaves; slight browning at thin blank margins & edges of same. Fine. [Item #4012]

Price: $70.00

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