[Item #5964] Ankor Wat. Allen Ginsberg, Alexandra Lawrence.
Ankor Wat
Ankor Wat
Ankor Wat
Ankor Wat

Ankor Wat

London, England: Fulcrum Press, 1968. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. "Ankor Wat forms a long, intact and moving poem from Allen Ginsberg's journals. Written during his travels through South East Asia his anguish and premonitions emerge well before the dreadful direct US military intervention. An example of major poet as accurate prophet of disaster, beautifully illustrated by photographs by Alexandra Lawrence showing the statues of Ankor Wat in the slow inexorable grip of giant roots and trees." (from front flap) A poem by Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, written in 1963 & first published in a different form as a contribution to the journal Long Hair No. 1 (see our item No. 4407). Ginsberg was inspired by having beheld the famous ancient temple ruins of Ankor Wat, Cambodia, & presciently anticipated the horrors that would befall that nation. Offered here is the first separate trade edition, first-&-only printing, published in the UK during 1968. Hardcover in clipped dust jacket, with all points (except clipped price) in Morgan, A14(a)2, pgs. 23-24; Dowden, pgs. 15-17. Issued "...ca. Summer 1968 in an unknown quantity" (Morgan, pg. 24) simultaneously with a limited signed hardcover edition & a softcover edition. With beautiful, haunting black-&-white photographs of the Ankor Wat site at frontispiece & throughout by Alexandra Lawrence (about whom we were unable to obtain information). From the collection of Kevin Ring, editor-publisher of & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here) & our good friend in the UK. An important Ginsberg collectible in its rarest contemporary trade form, with distinguished provenance. Book in relatively quite near-fine condition with light rubbing to front, back covers & spine (gilt letters at spine completely bright & intact); mild-to-moderate wear at edges & corners of same incl. breakage/loss of green cloth at upper & lower edges. Interior very fine with only slight browning mostly to blank margins/edges of page leaves. Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, light browning, spotting & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear at edges & corners of same incl. shallow chipping esp. at leftmost front cover & spine-edges, corners with minor loss of paper, surface paper; one very small hole at upper-middle spine-front cover edge. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Item #5964]

Price: $75.00