[Item #5278] Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre
Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre
Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre

Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre

ISBN: 0872861600
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1984. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "A North American poet visits revolutionary Nicaragua (traditionally known as "the Land of the Poets") and reports on what he sees and hears and surmises. Considering himself "a tourist of revolution" (having traveled much in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Haiti, and Castro's Cuba) he approaches Nicaragua with the eye of a civil libertarian "with anarchist sympathies," asking himself "How 'libre' will libre turn out to be?" (from back cover) A journalistic account by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), the iconic Beat-&-Beyond poet, publisher & bookseller, of his visit to Nicaragua during early 1984, several years after its revolution & take-over by the Sandanistas. With many images throughout by the acclaimed photographer Chris Felver, who accompanied Ferlinghetti on this exploratory journey; & front cover artwork of a Nicaraguan landscape by Miriam Guevara. Oblong softcover original, first edition, probable (see below) first printing with no references to further printings on copyright page. A production of Ferlinghetti's fabled City Lights imprint, one of 3000 copies published in August 1984. A second, identical printing of 3000 copies was produced in April 1985, we therefore cannot positively determine which of these printings this copy is from- but our Third Mind instinct & its provenance (see below) makes us all-but-certain this is from the first print run. Cook, No. 162, pgs. 180-181. On the blank blue front endpaper, Ferlinghetti has hand-written his signature (last name only per his usual custom) in bold black felt-tip ink. From the collection of Allen Tobias, assistant to Allen Ginsberg beginning in the mid-1960s, curator, critical writer & scholar- our good friend & esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). A radical, politically charged work of reportage; a now-classic Ferlinghetti collectible, especially rare with his signature & with distinguished provenance. In fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; lower right corner of front cover with very small area of peeled-curled laminated black surface revealing white paper below; very light rubbing, browning to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #5278]

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