City Lights Journal Number One. Richard Brautigan, William S. Burroughs, E. E. Cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Joans, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Harold Norse, Ed Sanders, Gary Snyder, William Carlos Williams.
City Lights Journal Number One

City Lights Journal Number One

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1963. First Printing. Softcover. The first number of the landmark first series of literary journals edited & with contribution by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; published by his iconic City Lights Books imprint. As noted on back cover, this now-historic issue is dedicated to then-recently deceased great American poets E.E. Cummings & William Carlos Williams, with a theretofore unpublished Cummings poem ("christ but they're few") thereon. Featuring contributions of poetry & prose by Richard Brautigan (excerpts from his novel Trout Fishing in America), William S. Burroughs ("I Am Dying, Meester?" from The Yage Letters first published later in the year of this issue by CLB),Ferlinghetti (the prose-poem-essay "The Road to Topolobampo"), Allen Ginsberg (excerpts & images from what would later be published as Indian Journals), Ted Joans (the poem "Afrique Accidentale"), Jack Kerouac (letter excerpt "Among the Iroquois"), Michael McClure (the short essay "Notes on Miniature Drama"), Harold Norse ("The Death of 9, Rue Git-Le Coeur (i.e. The Beat Hotel in Paris)"), Ed Sanders (excerpt of "Poem From Jail")' Gary Snyder (journal excerpt "Journey to Rishikesh & Hardwar" with images)' Williams (the poem "The Men") & many others- a true who's-who of the Beat Generation, before & beyond. One of an unknown number of copies printed during June 1963, without printing notice or apparently any further printings (Cook, No. 39, pgs. 42-43). A key Beat rarity & an essential literary collectible. In fair-to-good condition with moderate rubbing, browning, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & spine; moderate wear & some small bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; short closed tear at upper left hinge-edge & corner of front cover; moderate browning, rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior good-to-near-fine with slight browning at blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of same; brittle, deteriorating glue binding undergoing separation from spine esp. at pgs. 78-79 but all leaves still attached. Fair-Good. [Item #4051]

Price: $75.00