[Item #5946] Berlin. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Berlin
Berlin

Berlin

San Francisco, CA: Golden Mountain Press, 1961. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. “I’m being sucked down that whirlpool / of pinkcotton candy / which that Circe spins / by the revolving door / which revolves around me / winding me around it / as in the gooey funnel / a sticky wicker I’m stuck in / reminds me of Berlin” (lines 28-36). A short booklet containing a little-circulated long poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: poet, publisher, and central organizing figure of the Beat movement. Originally published in October of 1961 in an impression of 1000 copies, this reflective, autobiographical work echoes much of the subject matter familiarly found in the poet's oeuvre: an acute sociopolitical consciousness and a focus on a poet's role in an ever-changing world. This pamphlet was reprinted once in another smaller but indeterminate impression, and according to Bill Morgan's comprehensive bibliography of Ferlinghetti, the point distinguishing this as the true first printing is the use of a lighter brown ink than is found on the second printing. (Morgan A6, pg. 24) Nevertheless, publisher Harold Graves did not recall whether there was any concrete distinction between the two printings, and variations in ink intensity can be present throughout a single printing. This copy is signed by Ferlinghetti on the front cover in thick, black ink; signature reads simply, “Ferlinghetti.” This is a rare copy of an important inclusion in the poet's lengthy and storied career. In near fine condition with only very light sunning/browning to fine edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; the lower of the two staples holding the two sheets together is missing, leaving behind a slit along the spine. Near Fine. [Item #5946]

Price: $100.00