The Camel, The Lion and the Child Vol. 1 No. 2 (1971) with: Ephemera. Don Hilgenberg, Chris Billias, Douglas Blazek, Rod Clark, Diane Hoffman, Erin Matson, Eric Moebus, Kenneth Rexroth, Jon Reilly.
The Camel, The Lion and the Child Vol. 1 No. 2 (1971) with: Ephemera
The Camel, The Lion and the Child Vol. 1 No. 2 (1971) with: Ephemera

The Camel, The Lion and the Child Vol. 1 No. 2 (1971) with: Ephemera

Madison, WI: Broom Street Theater Press, 1971. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Includes handwritten, signed note from contributor Chris Billias to Erin Matson; autograph poem. This vintage second number of the literary & art journal chiefly edited by Don Hilgenberg includes contributions of poetry by Chris Billias, Douglas Blazek & many others; prose including the complete play "The Attic Angel" by Rod Clark & book reviews by Jon Reilly including of contemporary Kenneth Rexroth productions; & (very spaced-out exemplars of sixties-hangover-) artworks, fine photography by Diane Hoffman, Eric Moebus & others. With several contemporary ads, & errata slip noting incorrect pagination at index. From the library of the late artist-poet Erin Black Matson, who with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson was a bona fide member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were protege-colleagues (in lifestyle as well as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. Loosely found & included in this copy are two pieces of ephemera: An autograph poem in brown ink on single sheet of lined paper folded once horizontally, entitled "Tribe" by "C. Taylor" (not on the roster of this issue & unlikely Cecil of Jazz fame but you never know...) dated "3/12/74"; & a hand-written note on blank sheet, also in brown ink, from poetry contributor (see above) Chris Billias to Erin, written on one side only & folded to form six panels/ twelve sides, in original mailing envelope postmarked August 9, 1973 with hand-written names & addresses of Billias & Erin. A rare relic of art & literature with very interesting, relevant ephemera & distinguished provenance. In relatively near-fine condition befitting its long handling by Erin, a tried-&-true Beat to the end: Mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching, spotting & light spot-staining to front, back covers & stapled spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; outer surfaces of staples beginning to rust with no discernible exterior or interior bleeding; mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some of same; hand-written price of ".75" in blue ink near upper right corner of blank front endpaper. Ephemera near-fine with mild browning, spotting & creasing to surfaces (some ink splotches at poem not effecting legibility); slight wear, tiny bumps & creases at all edges & corners. Near Fine. [Item #4695]

Price: $50.00