[Item #5908] Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera). Robert Duncan.
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)
Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)

Roots and Branches: Poems (Four Editions with Ephemera)

ISBN: 0224618423
New York, NY; London, England: Charles Scribner's Sons; New Directions; Jonathan Cape, 1964; 1969; 1970. First Edition; First Editions Thus. Hardcovers; Softcovers. Including first edition from the library of Allen DeLoach signed by Robert Duncan with drawing, place & date. "Robert Duncan is widely respected as one of America's most individual poetic voices. A member of the Black Mountain College, he was also instrumental in the 'San Francisco Renaissance'. Presented in two parts- Roots and Branches, poems 1959-1960, and Windings, 1961-1963- this work ranges from lyrics of a few stanzas to a verse play of over twenty pages. There are sonnets, hymns, variations on classical poems, poems interwoven with prose- in fact, whatever structure allows him the exercise of his faculties and intentions. Of recurrent concern is the exploration of psychic identity, a seeking in various terms- psychological, mystical, historical- for the true relevance of personal experience. Mr. Duncan's resources include a high technical virtuosity, wide learning and an intense musical power. His achievement here is impressive and lasting." (front flap, first UK edition) The classic collection of poems by Robert Duncan (1919-1988), the great American poet. We present four collectible editions of this literary landmark in one outstanding bundle, all from the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), the noted Mimeograph Revolutionary poet & co-founder, with John Sinclair, of the Detroit Artists' Workshop. In chronological order: (1) First edition, first printing, hardcover in black cloth covers & silver-gilt letters, graphics at spine; without dust jacket. One of 1500 copies published during August 1964, with all points (except jacket) in Bertholf, A14(a), pgs. 59-62. Affixed to blank white front endpaper is an oblong sticker with "INTREPID/ 297 Oakmont Ave./ Buffalo, New York 14215" stamped, & the signature of Allen Deloach at upper right margin in blue ink. Barely visible behind this sticker is reference to a public or university library from which this copy was obtained. DeLoach, well-known to Third Minds, was the editor & publisher of Intrepid, the seminal MR-era journal which published works by William S. Burroughs & many other of the most important Beat-&-Beyond writers. On the title page, Duncan has hand-written, drawn, signed & dated in bold black ink: "(drawings of tree branches & roots above & below his printed name)/ (signed) Robert Duncan/ at Buffalo/ July 1968." Buffalo, New York was the home of DeLoach & Intrepid (as noted on stamp described above), so we presume that DeLoach obtained this signature etc. from Duncan at a reading or other encounter there- later this copy found its way to Eichele. (2) First softcover edition, first printing, one of 3500 copies published concurrently with (1), with Eichele's signature & date of "1-14-(19)65" at upper margin of front endpaper/ shorter title page. Bertholf, A14(b), pg. 62. (3) First edition thus, first printing ("First sub-edition, first impression" per Bertholf, pg. 63), softcover original, one of 3991 copies published during February 1969 by James Laughlin's New Directions imprint. Bertholf, A14(d), pgs. 63-64. In this copy, between front inner cover & endpaper, we found & have retained a photograph of Duncan, later in life with his resplendent grey sideburns, circa late 1970s. This appears to be a real developed photograph, not a copy, & is in fine-to-very-fine condition with only some faint creases nearest lower left corner, hardly if at all effecting image. (4) First UK edition ("First English edition" per Bertholf, pg. 65), first printing, hardcover in clipped dust jacket published during 1970 in an unknown number of copies. Bertholf, A14(c), pg. 63. Four rare editions of this essential Duncan collectible, all with distinguished provenance & one (1) with particularly rich associations. (1) Book in relatively near-fine condition with mild rubbing, fading & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine (silver-gilt letters & graphics at spine mostly bright & intact except where library reference sticker removed at lower area); mild wear, fraying with minimal loss of black surface at edges & corners of same; mild browning, rubbing to edges of text block. Interior near-fine with light browning to paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges); loss of surface paper where library pouch or sticker removed at blank rear paste-down; tiny bumps at upper corners of a few leaves. Dust jacket not present as noted above. (2) relatively near-fine with mild rubbing, scratching, light browning to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; several thin creases across length of spine; mild rubbing, browning & occasional light spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior near-fine-to-fine with mild browning to rear covers, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges); tiny bumps, faint creases at upper corners of leaves. (3) in near-fine condition with mild rubbing, faint scratching & mild-to-moderate browning to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; light rubbing, browning to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior fine with only very light browning to front inner cover, endpaper; tiny bumps, faint creases at lower corners of some page leaves. (4) Book fine with only mild rubbing, browning & fading to margins/edges of front, back covers & spine (gilt letters & graphics at spine quite bright & intact); a touch of wear at edges & corners of same incl. minor creasing at spine-edges, corners; light rubbing, browning to edges of text block esp. upper edge; very slight bending of spine toward front. Interior fine-to-very-fine with only a hint of rubbing, browning to blank white paste-downs, endpapers & blank margins/edges of some page leaves. Dust jacket relatively near-fine with very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases, chips & mostly closed, short tears at edges & corners of same & flaps incl. minor loss of paper, surface paper & thin bands of browning from upper edges of flaps. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this bundle. Near Fine. [Item #5908]

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