[Item #5937] Letters. Robert Duncan.
Letters
Letters
Letters
Letters

Letters

Highlands, NC: Jonathan Williams, 1958. Limited First Trade Edition. Wrappers in Sewn Binding. "It is an intensity of excitement which compels a man/ to work out a designd(sic) feeling that variously arrives at/ stations on three levels: the presence in the imagination/ in which speech 'comes', a mortality out of immortal/ letters; the evident manifestation or trace we in the xxth/ century worship as Art and declare immortal; and the/ return, the dwelling of the imagination in the speech. So/ that powers and forms gather in the mind where it feeds on/ any written thing." ("preface: Nests," first paragraph, unpaginated) A volume of poems from 1953-1956 by Robert Duncan (1919-1988), the Great American poet of the Black Mountain School- San Francisco Renaissance-&-Beyond. Here the high style of Duncan comes into its own, with the distinct influence of his Black Mountain mentor-colleague Charles Olson- the Maximus Obscurantist we can never get enough of or fully comprehend- but sui generis in its borderline-melodromatic clarity & depth. This copy is the very first edition, large chapbook-format volume in blank wrappers with orange-marbled loose over-wrappers in sewn binding. An exquisite production with five drawings by Duncan reproduced on special paper throughout. One of 450 copies published during November 1958, this is hand-written No. 219/450 per colophon. Bertholf, A9(a), pgs. 42-43. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), the noted American Mimeograph-Revolutionary poet, co-founder with John Sinclair of the Detroit Artists' Workshop, & our good friend. An essential, prime Duncan collectible in its rarest contemporary limited trade form. In relatively quite near-fine condition with just a touch of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & esp. spine of marbled over-wraps; light wear to side & lower edges & corners of same & flaps; moderate-to-significant wear at upper edges & corners of same incl. chipping, tears with some loss of paper, surface paper; mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block (all untrimmed as issued) esp. upper edge of same. Blank white inner wraps very fine with only very slight browning, a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners. Interior very fine with only very light browning mostly to blank margins/edges of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of some of same. Near Fine. [Item #5937]

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