Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope. Allen Ginsberg, Robert Rosenthal.
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope
Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope

Hand-Written Postcard with: Copied Letter-List with: Original Mailing Envelope

New York, NY: Allen Ginsberg; Robert Rosenthal; Elsa Dorfman & The Witkin Gallery, Inc., 1983. Original Postcard; Copied Letter; Original Mailing Envelope. Postcard; Single Folded Sheet; Envelope. Autograph postcard signed by Robert Rosenthal, possibly also by Allen Ginsberg & Elsa Dorfman. A most interesting gathering of three interrelated pieces of Allen Ginsberg-related ephemera: (1) A postcard depicting Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky, the latter holding a banjo, on a snowy sidewalk with a dog in the background, reproduction of a photograph taken from above by the noted photographer Elsa Dorfman, with caption ("Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky. (signed) Dorfman") on recto. The caption is either actual hand-writing or such a high-quality facsimile that we're stumped. On verso is this printed caption: "Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky/ On Flagg St. The first snow./ December 5, 1977/ Photograph by Elsa Dorfman." The blank area below is (definitely) hand-written by Robert "Bob" Rosenthal, Ginsberg's assistant, as follows: "Dec 29 '83/ Dear Meg + Fred Shearer,/ It has come to our/ attention that you are/ offering for sale a copy/ of J. Montgomery's Kerouac West/ Coast(underlined) signed to Allen Ginsberg./ Two years ago we suffered/ a severe theft of Allen's/ personal library + papers./ Mr. Ginsberg has never sold/ or given to be sold any of/ his personal library to any/ one. Could you give us any/ information about the route/ the book may have taken./ Could you offer us the book/ at your cost?- Please/ answer./ (signed) Bob Rosenthal/ Secretary to/ Allen Ginsberg." Just below & next to the above is this: "OK.(underlined) -(signed) Allen Ginsberg." To our seasoned eyes, the "OK" & signature appears to be in Ginsberg's hand, & is written in a slightly different, lighter felt-tip ink than Rosenthal's dark black script- but there is always the possibility that Rosenthal or another associate wrote the signature on behalf of Ginsberg in a "secretarial hand." The rest of verso has the stamped name & mailing address for Ginsberg in NYC, & hand-written address of a bookstore enterprise in Michigan of which presumably the Shearers, to whom Rosenthal addressed his note, were the proprietors. (2) Single sheet folded once widthwise with copy of a typed letter "To Whom It May Concern" dated March 1982 listing (rather mouth-watering) items stolen from Ginsberg & missing "since May/ June 1981." The letterhead is the same information as stamp on postcard noted above, to the right of which a NYC area-coded phone number is hand-written in black ball-point ink (presumably Ginsberg's home &/or office). Also, item No. 2 on the list has been crossed-out in pencil (Our Lady of the Flowers signed to Ginsberg by Jean Genet, which must have been retrieved). Interestingly, the John Montgomery book referred to by Rosenthal in his postcard note is not among the listed items. No signatory or credited writer. (3) Envelope postmarked January 6 1984(?) in which (1) & (2) were sent, with same Ginsberg name & address stamp as above, hand-written addressee same as postcard. A previous typed addressee, Ginsberg himself, has been hand-crossed out, the thrifty Ginsberg & Co. must therefore have recycled this. Very intriguing Allen Ginsberg ephemera- Meg & Fred, if you're still out there, could you tell us more about the circumstances & denouement of this episode? All items in fine-to-very-fine condition: (1) very fine with only a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners; one very small, faint crease at lower left corner of recto. (2) fine with fold as noted & further light creases on & across surface; slight browning & occasional spotting; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners. (3) fine with moderate rubbing & creasing to all surfaces, edges & corners; one side-edge has been carefully cut open. Fine- Very Fine. [Item #4141]

Price: $125.00