The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I). Thomas Rain Crowe.
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)
The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)

The Thomas Rain Crowe Broadside Collection (Part I)

San Francisco, CA; Cullowhee, NC; n/p: Landlocked Press; New Native Press; Releve Press; n/p, 1978; 1984; 1990. First Printings. Single Sheets. The first of a projected three bundled offerings of rare broadsides by Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting From San Francisco, Item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075): (1) "Learning To Dance" (appx. 11" x 8&1/2") with the title poem & illustration by Leigh George on off-white paper stock. Per colophon, one of 250 copies printed by Releve Press "...for the Winter of 1978 in San Francisco." Crowe is referred here as Thomas Dawson, his birth name which he still used during this period- the BBB/ SSFR era which he chronicles in our book. (2) "Learning To Dance" (appx. 8&1/2" x 10&7/8") with the same title poem as (1), unillustrated on light grey paper stock. Colophon states: "Printed this fifteenth day of September nineteen eighty-four by the Landlocked Press in the/ ImPerishable type shop with various papers handmade in the upper midwest." (3) "Learning To Dance" (appx. 8&1/3" x 12"), another variation of the poem with same publisher/ colophon as (2), on different size, type & color paper- here off-white with irregular right side & lower edges & light-brown speckling (which may be as issued or possibly age-spotting). (4) "Face" (appx. 9&3/4" x 8&7/8") with the title poem dedicated "for Hawk Littlejohn" & uncredited illustration of a partial face, on brown paper stock with irregular lower edge as issued. Below the poem is printed "Summer Solstice/ 1984" with no reference to publisher. (5) "Wedding Song" (appx. 8" x 9&7/8") with the title poem dedicated "for Eugene & Wendy" on off-white paper with blue-grey strands. The date "8/19/90" is printed below Crowe's name after the poem, with no reference to publisher. (6) "Creation" (appx. 8&1/2" x 11") with the title poem dedicated "for Thomas Berry" & colophon just below title which states: "100 Copies Printed For Thomas Rain Crowe and New Native Press in the Fall of 1990." NNP is Crowe's own imprint. Six very rare & desirable Crowe broadsides in one offering, all in very fine condition: (1) with mild spotting in blank areas of recto & blank verso; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners. (2) with only tiny bump & small, faint crease at upper right corner. (3) with only a few short, faint creases & tiny bumps at upper edge & corners; speckled surfaces on recto & blank verso which may be as issued or age-related as noted above. (4) with only tiny bumps at upper corners. (5) with only a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners. (6) with only tiny bumps at upper corners; short, faint crease at lower right corner. Very Fine. [Item #4070]

Price: $90.00