Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera. Allen De Loach, Diane di Prima, Paul Blackburn, Ray Bremser, Brion Gysin, Anselm Hollo, Robert Kelly, Philip Lamantia, Charles Olson, Janine Pommy Vega, Gary Snyder, John Wieners.
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera
Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera

Intrepid No. 20/ Floating Bear No. 38 (The Intrepid-Bear Issue, Summer 1971) with: Ephemera

Buffalo, NY: Intrepid Press, 1971. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. This monumental number of the literary journal edited by Allen De Loach combines itself with the equally legendary Floating Bear journal to form the very special "Intrepid-Bear Issue," co-edited & with contributions by Floating Bear founder Diane di Prima. This landmark cornucopia of an issue also features contributions of poetry & prose by Paul Blackburn, Ray Bremser, Anselm Hollo, Robert Kelly, Philip Lamantia, Charles Olson (who had died the previous year), Janine Pommy Vega, Gary Snyder, John Weiners, composer LaMonte Young & many other Beat-&-Beyond luminaries (look up many of the above & below on our search engine for myriad rarities). With front cover artwork by Brion Gysin, whose best friend-collaborator William S. Burroughs contributed to several issues of both journals. Though WSB is not directly present here, his influence & spirit most definitely is- "it hits you at the corner, follows you along & then falls away like a discouraged panhandler as you walk along," to borrow from "Junkie" in another context. Stapled sheets including front & back green-color textured paper covers. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, the artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégés & colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Ray & (especially) Bonnie Bremser, & many others in the roster of this issue & elsewhere including di Prima herself- Erin was the illustrator of the legendary Huncke's Journal (1965) published by di Prima's Poet's Press imprint, which also issued Clive's poetry. Included in this copy & retained where we found them are the original errata slip for this issue between pages 30-31; & two pieces of what we'll call Erin-phemera: Postcard with color depiction of "Double Terminated Calcite Crystal" on recto, never written-in, stamped or post-marked on verso (bet. pgs. 66-67); & a small sheet of lined paper with a journal-entry-esque, letter-format prose-poem hand-written in brown ink, presumably by Erin (bet. pgs. 118-119). The heading of this piece appears to be Sanskrit or some other ancient alphabet, the rest is in non-cursive English, writing on one side only. A milestone among countercultural literary journal issues just past (& effectively summing-up) their 1960s Mimeo-Revolution peak, with distinguished & highly relevant provenance along with most fascinating ephemera. The condition of this item, along the whole fair-to-good-to-near-fine spectrum, reflects its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Moderate-to-significant rubbing, soiling, spotting & spot-staining to covers; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; slight loss of paper at blank upper right edge, corner & upper side edge of front cover, decreasingly extending to first four-or-so page leaves (the probable result of nibblings by Erin's cats or other small creatures); staples in process of rusting esp. at front cover with miniscule bleeding thereon; moderate-to-significant rubbing, browning & spotting to (four) edges of text block. Interior near-fine with mild spotting, light spot-staining to many page leaves (with no effect on legibility of any text); slight loss of paper at blank areas of a few leaves as noted above; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of same. Errata slip near-fine with mild spotting, spot-staining esp. at blank verso; ephemera fine with only light browning esp. to postcard; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners. Fair- Near Fine. [Item #4792]

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