Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera. Ira Cohen.
Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera
Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera
Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera
Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera
Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera

Gilded Splinters with: Ephemera

Kathmandu, Nepal: Starstreams Special Edition, 1977. Limited First Edition. Sewn Wrappers. Signed by Ira Cohen. "Like Nemesis feigning silence/ Snared by the inward stare/ We scam the scanted measure/ Of love's divided share/ And if Death when he seeks you/ Will come and have my eyes/ What Death in your absence/ Should stalk me in disguise?" ("Rosalind's Sonnet," first eight lines, unpaginated) A collection of poems by Ira Cohen (1935-2011), the legendary Beat-&-Beyond poet, publisher, photographer & filmmaker. With illustrations by the noted Nepalese artist Jimmy Thapa preceding, following poems, at colophon & covers. Large chapbook-format volume in sewn wrappers, exemplary of Cohen & Co.'s beautiful Nepali productions of this period in its handmade & -printed delicacy. One of an edition of 500 copies hand-numbered & signed by Cohen (including his characteristic symbol) at colophon, this is copy No. 384/500. Between shorter title page & first poem leaves, we found & have retained a torn-out, folded portion of pgs. 3-4 of the Woodstock Times newspaper dated July 29, 1999 with a short article-advertisement about the presentation of his documentary film "Kings With Straw Mats" by Cohen himself at the Dharmaware Cafe in Woodstock, NY on July 30, 1999, featuring a photograph of Cohen (pg. 3). From the collection of the late artist-poet Erin Black Matson, who along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet-educator Clive Matson was a bona fide member of the Beat Generation-morphing into the counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends-protégés-collaborators (in literature & lifestyle) with Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser, Cohen & many others during & after this period. Some of the treasures in Erin's collection bear the effects of handling by a tried-&-true-to-the-end Beat as she was, but we're pleased to report (see condition below) that this fragile item seems to have escaped the cat nibblings, coffee rings & sooty rubbings common to certain of them. Erin undoubtedly attended the event described in the ephemera, which took place near where she lived in upstate New York. An extremely rare & rewarding Cohen collectible with appropriate & distinguished provenance. In very fine condition with only a small rectangular area on front cover near upper right corner with residue of removed sticker; very slight wear, some tiny bumps & creases at thin edges & corners of covers & sewn spine; a bit of rubbing & mild spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only small, faint creases, tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. We note as above that this is a very delicate, handmade production with attendant natural irregularities as issued. Ephemera torn-off & folded horizontally once as noted with Cohen article completely intact; mild browning. Very Fine. [Item #4675]

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