City Lights Journal No. 4 (1978). Mendes Monsanto, Guillaume Apollinaire, Breyten Breytenbach, Charles Bukowski, Neeli Cherkovski, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Hirschman, Mikhail Horowitz, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Kaye McDonough, Eileen Myles, Pablo Neruda, Harold Norse, Ken Wainio, A. D. Winans.
City Lights Journal No. 4 (1978)

City Lights Journal No. 4 (1978)

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1978. First Printing. Softcover. The fourth number of the landmark first series of literary journals published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic City Lights Books imprint, here edited by Mendes Monsanto. With a staggeringly rich roster of poets & prose writers at the forefront of the Beat Generation & San Francisco Renaissance, as well as their progeny-proteges of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance, along with a few all-out outsiders & ancestral literary luminaries: Guillaume Apollinaire, Breyten Breytenbach, Charles Bukowski, Neeli Cherkovski, Gregory Corso, Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Hirschman, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Kay McDonough, Eileen Myles, Pablo Neruda, Harold Norse, Ken Wainio, A.D. Winans & more. Includes the delightful collage-text "Big League Poets" by Mikhail Horowitz; facsimiles of redacted letters from the FBI about "Beatnik Rabble Rousers" Ferlinghetti & Ginsberg; article & advertisement for the then-new, now-venerable Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Colorado. With notes on contributors; contemporary list of City Lights productions; images of Charlie Chaplin from behind as his character "The Little Tramp" on front & back covers (City Lights was of course the Chaplin film masterpiece for which the publisher & its legendary bookstore are named). One of 5000 copies printed during March 1978 without printing notice & apparently no reprints (Cook, No. 124, pgs. 131-132). An essential, most highly significant Beat-&-Beyond collectible rarity, in exceptionally very fine condition: Very light rubbing & browning to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; slightest rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at mostly lower corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4066]

Price: $50.00